A Place Worth Saving
Exhibition was on view from September 21st - October 12th, 2010
Schermbeck approached photography with a desire to inspire. A three-month long trip to Yellowstone National Park opened his eyes to the diminishing condition of one of Earths most valued natural treasures and lead to the development of his most recent body of work. Inspired by Aldo Leopolds Thinking Like a Mountain, these photographs allowed the viewer to look at Yellowstone National Park though Shermbecks eyes, simultaneously noting the sites elegance while highlighting its critical state of existence. Vivid color accentuates the parks beauty while dull tones annunciate its unhealthy declination. A rough combination of drastic environmental changes and irresponsible human interference are to blame. Taking on the role of an environmentalist-artist, Shermbeck exhibited his photos to demand our awareness and stress the importance of saving not only Yellowstone National Park, but of all nature on Earth, as well.
The deer strives with his supple legs, the cowman with trap and poison, the statesman with pen, the most of us with machines, votes, and dollars, but it all comes to the same thing: peace in our time.
Aldo Leopold, Thinking Like a Mountain
About the Artist
When this exhibit was on display, Kyle Schermbeck was enrolled at Appalachian State University as a sophomore and was working towards receiving a degree in Public Relations with minors in Digital Photography and Accounting. As an aspiring photographer, eager to learn new visual concepts and photographic methods, Schermbeck incessantly had his camera at hand. Photography is his way of communicative expression; he uses it to inspire altruistic changes in humanitypolitically, emotionally, and sociallybut also enjoys seeing a photo capture the simple moment of putting a smile on someones face.