A few months ago, I stumbled upon Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. The six-part documentary takes a close look at how the idea of national parks came to be. The influence of people like John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Stephen Mather, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. is felt so powerfully through the photos and narration. One of the men featured in the documentary is QT Luong. In 1993, Luong learned how to shoot photographs with a large format camera. By 2002, Luong had the distinction of photographing, in large format, each of the 58 National Parks. Below is a video that Luong put together from a recent visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
“One of the most mesmerizing spectacles of nature I’ve witnessed is lava flowing to the ocean as clouds of steam rise from the meeting of fire and water. I stood mere feet away from the 2000F lava. After everybody had left, I stayed to record the pulse of the flow over an entire night.” -QT Luong