I found this assignment extremely interesting and not without its challenges, I think it’s an exciting assignment that can help you stretch your creative imagination. For this assignment I chose one of my favourite places, Yellowstone National Park, I have so many images and fond memories of the Park that it was a clear choice for me and I hope stunningly beautiful images as well. I recently went to the “Wildlife photographer of the year” exhibition at the Natural History Museum, it was amazing. Some of the images were disturbingly brilliant, those kind of images which make you think “I know that happens but it seems so much more real now” none the less they were perfectly beautiful. “I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph. Here are my magazine ideas/images.

This particular Geyser had not erupted for over a year, a sight I was lucky to see. Although extremely lucky for anyone who was there on the day, the implications of the gigantic volcano that lie beneath are ever so more prevalent now, than they were over 100 years ago. One thing that is known, is that the animals love Yellowstone as much as the humans do. Early morning fog in the Lamar Valley, provides shelter for Wolfs to hunt in packs, they can also been seen in the late evening hours. The vast richness of the National Park provides shelter and food for all types of animals and the Lamar Valley is the best place in Yellowstone to see the copious amount wildlife. On Mount Washburn, a Chipmunk forages for food, there is an abundance of the cute little critters, getting ready for the harsh winter months ahead. With Yellowstone National Park being one of the largest and richest eco systems in the world it attracts a plethora of wildlife, with the top five being, the Grizzly Bear, Bison, Wolves, Big Horn Sheep and Elk.

As a Bison passes my car, I am reminded of their sheer enormity and strength, a fact that sometimes evades an only few ignorant visitors out of the millions of tourists that arrive here each year. Nearly five times as many people are killed or injured by Bison than by Bears. Many visitors, who go hiking in Yellowstone, aren’t. They are not aware of Bear spray or Bear Bells and even if they are, in a lot of instances, choose not to have/use them. When hiking in Yellowstone I came across a lot of tourists hiking and camping and from what I noticed, I was the only one who had bells and spray. It was quite disconcerting, considering the last person who died from the Bear attack, was killed only a month prior. The rangers had to shut down the trail and try and track down the Bear, why you may ask? Another problem for the animals is the abundance of forest fires that happen every year at Yellowstone, as you can see from this tree, pictured above.

Yellowstone has 22 fires a year are cause by lightening alone, not to mention the “un natural” fires that are caused by humans. The Grand Prismatic Springs in Yellowstone are the largest in the park and the third largest in the world, although extremely beautiful, the springs are also extremely dangerous. The hydrothermal features can kill you and the water is frequently near or above boiling, as you can see from the image, there are Bison’s hoof prints in the crust as it is thin and breaks easily. Hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide have been measured in this area and people can often feel sick, in saying that, it is a sight not to be missed. The view from above, of the Grand Prismatic springs is awe inspiringly magnificent; all in all, Yellowstone National Park is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the privilege in going to see.

If you are going to base your design on a building you need to research about that building, what makes it special and which of those properties you are going to chose to put on your building. If you are going to chose an architect you would like to be inspired from you are going to be required to research his designs, what principles the architect is using to design his buildings. You can include both an architect and a building that you were inspired from. This part is very important as the critiques who are going to see your project will have to see how you came up with your designs. Showing a precedent research shows that you have the potential to research as well as you have some inspirations. There is never been a designer who just came up with his first design, there is always going to be an inspiration, and you need to show that. Be careful, though, you don’t want to copy another design.

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