Timpanogos Through Telford’s Lens

As a new addition to its lower level, the museum welcomes In the Shadows of Timpanogos: Photographs by John Telford. The exhibition highlights the beauty and strength that former BYU photography professor John Telford gains from the cycle of nature on Mount Timpanogos and in its surrounding canyons.

Although Telford has traveled far for photography, the mountain has been his special source of inspiration and solidity throughout the years of his career. Telford took his first photograph of the mountain in 1967 and has continually returned to its majestic landscape to find peace and renewal. Even though the mountain s vegetation and surroundings continually change, the mountain remains a symbol of stability.

The art of photography has also continually changed throughout his career. And as a respected and experienced landscape photographer, “John Telford bridges the work of mid-century American modernist photographers with the post-modern and 21st-century practices of his students,” explains Diana Turnbow, curator of photography at the BYU Museum of Art.

For Telford and his predecessors, landscape is as spiritual as it is practical. Telford plays on the affective character of the natural world as much as musician moves his listener with tone, rhythm, and volume. The photographs come together as a visual symphony that ponders the cyclical pattern of nature and diversity of form that provide an unending source of interest and renewal.


Image: Timpanogos Peak, Autumn, 2011, John Telford, 1944-, archival pigment print, 35.6 x 53.3 cm (14 x 21″) (Image), Courtesy of the artist.