>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

La Grande Observer print edition

view all La Grande Observer print publications »

The Observer 11/17/14

The LaGrande Observer is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Oregon Trail through camera lens


Oregon Trail through camera lens

This photo of Scotts Bluff in Nebraska is one five taken by Eric Valentine of La Grande now displayed at the “Trails Through Time’’ exhibit. ERIC VALENTINE photo
This photo of Scotts Bluff in Nebraska is one five taken by Eric Valentine of La Grande now displayed at the “Trails Through Time’’ exhibit. ERIC VALENTINE photo

Two La Grande photographers featured at Interpretive Center exhibit that portrays the type of images pioneers may have recorded if they had packed current cameras along their arduous journey 

The question is an intriguing one for historians and non-historians alike. 

If travelers on the Oregon Trail had modern cameras 150 years ago, what would their photographs of landmarks and other features on the route have looked like?

The answer may be found in a new exhibit at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, one which includes the works of La Grande photographers Fred Hill and Eric Valentine. 

The exhibit, “Trails Through Time: Contemporary Photography of the Oregon Trail,” features 50 recent images of the historic route meant to portray what pioneers actually saw. Those submitting Oregon Trail photos were asked to “reimagine the landscape and how pioneers might have captured their journey if they had today’s cameras packed in their wagons,” according to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center’s web site.

Six of the “Trails Through Time” photographs were shot by Hill and five by Valentine.

The exhibit “shows the (Oregon Trail) icons as the pioneer diaries described them,” Hill, said. “We endeavor to show them as the pioneers might have seen them in the 1850s or 1860s.”

The pictures taken by Hill, who has had photos published in numerous books, reveal images of the Blue Mountain Crossing west of La Grande, Scotts Bluff and Chimney Rock in Nebraska, the Platte River Bridge in Colorado, the wagon ruts at Guernsey, Wyo., and an abandoned wagon near Rock Creek in Nebraska.

In keeping with the theme of the exhibit, Hill said he was careful to make sure none of his photographs had any images of “four-lane highways or 18-wheel trucks.”

The images shot by Valentine include ones of Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff, Farewell Bend and a tall grass prairie in Kansas.

Valentine said he is very impressed with how the photo display is set up in the Flagstaff Gallery at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. 

“It is laid out in impressive, viewer-friendly fashion.’’ 

Valentine also noted that he was struck by how the display portrays the obstacles pioneers faced.

“It captures the timeless spirit of the Oregon Trail pioneers who came through our valley.”

Valentine and Hill worked together before submitting their photographs for the display, deciding on which pictures to select and more. 

“It was so much fun to collaborate with Fred. He is a deep well of information and wisdom,” reported Valentine.

The “Trails Through Time” exhibit will run through Nov. 12.


blog comments powered by Disqus
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

http://isa.univ-tours.fr/?&sn=get&cat=20... achats en ligne viagra achat viagra pharmacie
http://ahva.ubc.ca/student/index.php?all... compra cialis http://ahva.ubc.ca/student/index.php?all...
http://www.nhcadsv.org/book9/index.php?p... comprare il viagra senza ricetta compare viagra generico en españa
http://nfmod.newell-fonda.k12.ia.us/inde... http://nfmod.newell-fonda.k12.ia.us/inde... cheap windows 7 home premium to professional where to buy windows 7 australia buying final cut express 4 download lightroom 5 for mac buy windows 7 online uk adobe cs5 design premium cheap purchase windows xp product key online
windows 7 discount for teachers buy microsoft publisher mac http://depts.washington.edu/icutalk/?com...