John Custodio, Yellowstone

Exhibition Dates: May 25 – June 19, 2022

Yellowstone National Park sits on top of a dormant volcano and is home to more geysers and hot springs than any other place on earth. Molten magma deep within the earth superheats groundwater. Water comes to the surface as steam and hot pools. Multi-colored heat-loving microorganisms flourish in the pools. Hot springs rise up through limestone, dissolve the calcium carbonate, and deposit it on the landscape as white chalk that looks like snow. Acid hot springs dissolve the surrounding rock and hot water bubbles up through the mud. Surface water evaporates, rises into the sky and forms clouds. It rains. It stops raining and clears up a little. It starts raining again. Nature was very active when I was photographing in Yellowstone for four days last spring. This exhibit focuses on the landscape, colors, and forms surrounding these hot springs and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the world’s first national park.