In America's Vanishing Landscapes, Wayne Williams dares to point out a world we may soon discover difficult to find. The collection of enhanced landscape photographs was inspired by Williams's distress at the diminishing natural world as well as his belief that nature is one of humanity’s most emotionally sustaining elements. A subtle protest of environmental complacency and detachment, it is the first in a continuing series of books and documentaries he has undertaken to continue increasing attention of the starkly fading natural landscape in the U.S.
Eleven states are included in America's Vanishing Landscapes, from Montana and Colorado, Utah and Oregon, to California, and the Islands of Hawaii. Heroic images of mountains, rivers, deserts, forests, lakes and ocean vistas express Williams' breathtaking vision. His eye for creating vivid images such as Kauai's Kalalau Valley titled "Valley of Color," to a haunting Aspen forest grove in "Moonglow" and the majesty of Glacier National Parks "3 Rocks at Lake McDonnald" are among the many highlights visualized in Williams' work. The book includes an introduction by the prominent environmentalist Andy Lipkis, Founder of Tree People, as well as an essay by Wayne Williams, a Southern California native who grew up during one of the country's most rapid proliferation of cities, suburbs and resulting urban blight.
America's Vanishing Landscapes takes our nation's landscapes back in time, to an era before environmental degradation and destruction. By distilling the true colors in nature to unsullied hues and capturing untouched settings, his photography represents landscapes that were commonplace in the lost wilderness of yesteryear. His interpretation and control of color unshrouds the landscape from the modern effects of humans and technology, bearing the true spirit of nature.