9No Lesser an Art

Photography is not an art. Neither is painting, nor sculpture, literature, or music. They are only different media for the individual to express his aesthetic feelings. . . . You do not have to be a painter or a sculptor to be an artist. You may be a shoemaker. You may be creative as such. And, if so, you are a greater artist than the majority of the painters whose work is shown in the art galleries of today.

—Alfred Stieglitz

As I contemplate my autumn travels I feel fortunate to have witnessed extraordinary beauty as I drove and hiked in my beloved deserts of the American West. I started my journey on Utah’s high plateaus, catching the last of the golden foliage in the aspens mixed with early snow, before descending into the ...

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