Aaron Huey (@argonautphoto) — National Geographic photographer. Commercial agent: @natgeocreative.
Photographing Spooky Slots on assignment for @natgeo in what was once #GrandStaircaseEscalante National Monument, Utah before an Executive Order in Dec 2017 cut monument protections here in half. The whole road corridor into this area of the former National Monument is now open to the possibility of oil, gas, and coal extraction. #NatGeoDailyCommute (cover photo by @zionphotographers)
This pictograph panel depicting a dozen birds that look like Quail and 2 with long necks (very hard to see) that may be cranes, is just one of thousands of rock art panels in areas of #BearsEarsNationalMonument that are no longer in the official boundary of the Monument. This virtual model was made using #photogrammetry to capture minute details of the rock and was made possible by a grant from @insidenatgeo with my partner @devlin_gandy. Note the amazingly detailed “dinosaurs” on it! Anyone want to shed some light on these skeleton/bird/“dinosaur” forms? This panel was incredibly hard to reach, check out my IG story for some behind-the-scenes.
SOUND ON: “The petroglyphs and pictographs are like a library to the Pueblo community... just like if you go to a library to get a book, you learn about history... it’s constant learning from our ancestors.” Octavius Seowtewa, Zuni medicine man. This panel in #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah goes by many names and contains hundreds of symbols from birds to spiritual beings, a snake or water, ways of counting, objects and tools used in daily life and more. Part of a @NatGeo project with @devlin_gandy that is ongoing. This is not video, it’s a tour through a massive digital model created from thousands of photographs, using a technique called #photogrammetry.#PublicLands
FLASH PRINT SALE! Link in header! I’m making a few prints from my past National Geographic magazine stories available! $100 for 10” signed fine art prints. This series is all from my assignment in Denali National Park for our February 2016 issue. This image is of The Pioneer Ridge on Denali emerging from clouds. I’ve also thrown in a few other super limited items from my personal stash of collaborations and books. Link: aaronhuey.bigcartel.com/products
FLASH SALE for the next 5 days! Link in header! For one week only I’m making a few prints from my past National Geographic magazine stories available! $100 for 10” signed fine art prints. This series is all from my assignment in Denali National Park for our February 2016 issue. Slide 1: A wolf from the Nenana River Pack racing its shadow in the early morning light, Slide 2: A young Grizzly in Fall technicolor reds and yellows, Slide 3: The Pioneer Ridge of Denali emerging from clouds. I’ve also thrown in a few super limited items from my personal stash of collaborations with Shepard Fairey and more. Link: aaronhuey.bigcartel.com
Follow along in my IG story highlights! This photo is almost 20 yrs old and shot on slide film! I first tried climbing Moses in the #CanyonLands of Utah in college with one of my best friends, Drew Ludwig. We got snowed off and we both returned to try again a couple years later. That attempt saw a massive fall on the sketchy first pitch and an arm injury that sent us packing. Now, almost 20 years later, I’m in terrible shape, Drew seems fairly ready, and we’re not getting any younger, so we are hoping the third time is a charm today! Self portrait of my shoes and a baby Drew.
Sharing my climb of this incredible tower today in my IG story highlights. I first tried climbing Moses in the #CanyonLands of Utah almost 20 years ago in college with one of my best friends, Drew Ludwig. We got snowed off and we both returned to try again a couple years later. That attempt saw a massive fall on the sketchy first pitch and an arm injury that sent us packing. Now, almost 20 years later, I’m in terrible shape, Drew seems fairly ready, and we’re not getting any younger, so we are hoping the third time is a charm today! Follow along in my IG story highlights.
My cover story in the current issue of National Geographic - about the battle over Public lands in the American West - is one of the most complex stories I’ve ever covered. The issue (Nov) is still on news stands for this week only I think. The cast of characters are all deeply entrenched and have wildly divergent views of what “Public” means. This is not a new fight, it just has a new piece on the board, as the current administration aims to please its voter base and extractive industries by undoing large areas of National Monuments established by Democrats, specifically the Dec 2017 reduction of Escalante by 50% and Bears Ears by 85% (both in Utah). Some in the surrounding areas of the National Monuments we covered for this story think “public” means “local public” and would prefer not to see the larger "general public" show up in large numbers. Indigenous people in the region think the larger public stole it a long time ago and are fighting for protection of sacred sites in places like Bears Ears. Some think “public” means that resource extraction should remain an option to benefit the public's need for lumber, oil and gas, coal, and uranium. The one thing that is certain, after covering 3 National Monuments, is that it wont likely be resolved in this generation, and that it is being inflamed by the current Culture War. Cover: Matt Redd, Rancher, Indian Creek, Bears Ears, UT Slide 2: Thomas, a lumberjack in Cascade Siskiyou, OR Slide 3: Kenneth Mary Boy makes a sunrise prayer, Bears Ears Slide 4: Sandy Johnson, 4th generation Rancher who lives inside the Bears Ears Monument boundaries Slide 5: Protests in Salt Lake before Trump signs the reductions Slide 6: Janet, a super nice red headed grandma who writes an anti-Monument blog in Blanding, UT between canning fruit and quilting Slide 7: Malcolm Lehi, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe marches in protest of a Uranium Mill on the edge of Bears Ears Slide 8: Kyle Kimmerle, 4th generation Uranium and Vanadium miner has mines under Bears Ears, Uranium isnt worth enough to mine, but he hopes to mine Vanadium in the same tunnels as soon as he is able (used for solar batteries)
Climbing out the end of Zebra slots in #EscalanteNationalMonument, Utah. Last December the larger Monument was shrunk by around %50 and split into 3 smaller units by Executive Order. These slots, carved over thousands of years by water in red and white striped sandstone, were not removed but the trail to get to them, and the larger buffer area around them was. This opens the area for potential resource extraction in the future. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the current cover story (Nov).