Exhibit – Tread of Pioneers Museum

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, August 7, 2020 – January 31, 2021

In these different and difficult times, perhaps a new viewpoint could give us perspective and gratitude for this amazing county we live in, and an appreciation for our Western heritage. “Lens to the Landscape: The Photography of John Lanterman,” an exhibit featuring the black and white photography of John Lanterman, will open at the Tread of Pioneers Museum on August 7, 2020.  

Exhibit images are shown below. You can also view the exhibit slideshow here.

“Capturing the authentic West, set against the backdrop of constant change, whether it be cultural or environmental, provides a focus for my work,” said Lanterman. “Ideally the images remind us to protect the landscape and cultural heritage of the West.”

John Lanterman

The exhibit illustrates the history and settlement of Routt County through the lens of historic structures, landscapes, and other elements of the built environment. The history of Routt County and Northwest Colorado is explored through photographic images that tell a story of early ranch life, the evolution of towns, and the influence of the natural systems on the development of the Yampa Valley.

“Routt County has a rich historical, cultural, and natural story to tell,” wrote Lanterman.  “This exhibit gives viewers a current glimpse into the buildings, places, and natural landscapes that contribute to the story.”

John Lanterman

Subject matter ranges from a stage stop on Gore Pass that brought early residents and visitors to the Yampa Valley, to Perry-Mansfield, a world-renowned performing arts school, to the Carpenter Ranch, a historic working ranch near Hayden that is now owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy.

“Although varied in place, time, and purpose, these and other images reinforce the beauty, character, and diverse interests that establish Routt County and the Yampa Valley as a great place.”  

John Lanterman

In order to take care of a place and be a steward of the buildings and land, one must first love the place.  Lanterman hopes these images and accompanying historical research, will provide viewers insight into our unique valley and provide a different view of the region. 

“This glimpse into the essence of the West is a vehicle to promote an ethic of conservation, preservation and stewardship. Ideally these images move you, and encourage you to help protect the West, its stunning landscapes, invaluable rivers, diverse wildlife, irreplaceable ecosystems, and cultural resources.”

John Lanterman

You can learn about the Tread of Pioneers Museum, and their work, here.

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