I took these snapshots of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial on a 2007 road trip to South Dakota with my friend Andrea. One of the coolest things about visiting the landmark was getting to explore the area around the site. Most of the shots I've ever seen of Mount Rushmore are a lot like my first snapshot. It looks huge, but really you have no idea what the area surrounding the monument actually looks like.
Another cool thing was learning about how the monument was originally meant to show each president from their head to their waste. You can kind of get this impression by looking at Washington with his collar and shoulder. I've attached one of the archival photographs showing the miniature model of the original concept to give you an idea about what I mean.
In addition to all of the photographs I took on this trip, I also shot a ton of footage. Check out one of my original Rushmore edits below.
3 comments :
Cool shots! I'm glad I get to see the surrounding areas because you're right, most shots only show the close-up. I can't imagine taking part in a project of that size! I wonder why it was never finished...
I think they stopped because it was too expensive to continue. They'd been at from 1927-1941 and in '41 the US entered WWII. Still a pretty amazing place though.
Nice! I went there when I was a kid with my family. I'd love to go back as an adult!!
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