The National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916 to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” This directive to protect wilderness yet provide accessibility without somehow compromising the integrity of the natural resources seems to be a contradiction.

These photographs allude to human presence; those temporary or more permanent marks we make on the land, in addition to we tourists who appear in numerous shapes and sizes performing a variety of familiar sightseeing activities. I find these shifting scenarios compelling to photograph.