Richard Halliburton’s lifelong relationship with Yellowstone National Park began in the summer after his high school graduation. A midwesterner who had never been west of Kansas City, he drove with a companion to Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Inn for a summer job. “It was not love at first sight,” he relates. “The weather was cold and rainy. I knew no one; I had no friends. After a week, I was on the verge of quitting my job and going home.”
“Then the sun came out and my life changed forever.... I began to understand the idea of wilderness and why it matters. I discovered photography.”
By the end of that summer, he owned a 35mm camera and had begun experimenting with both color and black-and-white photographs. He returned to Old Faithful Inn for three summers, and since then has visited Yellowstone dozens of times, whenever he could get away for a week or so. Over the years he made thousands of photographs, and as his photography matured he became more serious about black-and-white, bought a 4x5 field camera, and built a darkroom. Only recently has he begun printing digitally. Most of the images in this exhibit, which date from 1993 to 2014, were initially made on 4x5-inch Tri-X film and scanned for digital printing.
Richard Halliburton is Emeritus Professor of Biology at Western Connecticut State University, where he taught courses in genetics, evolutionary biology, and related subjects. He has conducted research in population and evolutionary genetics, and is author of Introduction to Population Genetics, a leading textbook in the field. He now spends most of his time on photography, “wandering in search of truth in black-and-white.” His photographs have been exhibited and published in a variety of venues. He currently lives in Woodland, California. His website is richardhalliburtonphoto.com.
Richard Halliburton – Hot Spring and Yellowstone Lake, Sunrise
Richard Halliburton – Minerva Terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs
Richard Halliburton – Old Faithful Geyser
Richard Halliburton – Ghost Trees, Mammoth Hot Springs