Back in July 2004, we called him the next Ansel Adams. But Clyde Butcher doesn't mind being compared to another artist. "I think it's pretty neat," he said. "Because Ansel Adams is one of the only photographers that's known by the general public. I think it's really exciting."
Over 50 of his photographs taken nationwide will be shown in "America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscapes by Clyde Butcher." Held at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg VA, from September 8 to December 2, 2007, the exhibit will coincide with other events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the settling of America's first colony.
Butcher creates gigantic prints of his breathtaking nature images in his 1,800-square-foot darkroom from his 12x20 camera. His gear weighs about 120 pounds, but Butcher says it's worth it. "When it's large and you're close to it you have to scan the image, and it gives the person a feeling of being there," he said. "It's designed to give the person the feeling of being in the scene, feeling as if they become one with the environment." He says his images, when shown small as they are here, don't always look great because he designs them to be shown big.