Alexander Lindsay’s photographs are expansive, both in their theme and in their scale.
So much so that most conventional art galleries don’t have the wall space for a show. It was serendipitous, then, when Lindsay met Jay and Connie Kemmerer, owners of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, who pitched the idea of transforming the Bridger Gondola storage facility into a temporary art gallery to house Lindsay’s images.
The Scottish-English photographer first came to the Tetons in 2015 on a private commission and spent the months of January and September immersed in the project. He split his between photographing the park and developing prints in the studio.
Most of the time he found himself working alone or accompanied by a single nature guide. Lindsay found that time in nature and with the photographic process to be an incredibly contemplative one.
“There is a beauty of being totally alone,” he said. “I view it as a meditative process. And, of course, it’s art, it’s creation, but it is also a meditation with nature. I like the deliberate slowness of it. I like the sheer effort of it in every aspect.”
The show at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the first time Lindsay’s Grand Teton National Park images are being exhibited in the United States. The industrial space gives his prints, which range in width from 40 inches to 20 feet, room to breathe.
The space received a makeover of sorts for the show, with new lighting installed. The prints will be mounted on aluminum sheets and suspended by steel cables. While the show is up the gondolas cannot to be stored in their usual home, which is why the exhibition will have a relatively short one-week run.
“You know, it’s not an art gallery,” Lindsay said. “But I think it’s going to look fantastic, actually. The pictures and the way they are presented are really pristine and clean and sort of minimalist, and then you’re in this kind of crazy industrial space.”
Before completing his photography series of the Tetons, Lindsay worked on a series of more extreme projects, like being a documentary film producer in war zones and making expeditions to the Titanic shipwreck order to photograph it.
Early in his life Lindsay wanted to be an engineer. It was the technical prowess of digital cameras that first attracted him to the art form. His ability to bring out his landscapes and photo subjects in sharp detail immediately catches the eye.
“That got me into digital photography — the ability of digital photographs to stitch together to create truly, incredibly detailed images,” Lindsay said. “I just decided I wanted to do it. It was just a new chapter for me.”
The first project was an eight-month, 25,000-mile journey in 2013 that began in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile and led him throughout the South American continent, crossing the Bolivian Salt Flats, and the rainforests of Central Chile, as well as Patagonia and Cape Horn.
“It’s led from one project to another,” Lindsay said.
But at the core of his work is the desire to remain true to nature and to document it faithfully and reverently.
“Even though it’s an art form, it’s very much it’s very much a documentary art form,” Lindsay said. “The wonder really is the wonder of nature.”
The show runs Thursday through Tuesday. Lindsay will be available for private tours of the exhibition. ￼