About Tom Northrop

I'm a Visual Arts major at the University of Montevallo. I am currently working on a BFA in Digital/New Media and a Minor in Art History.

Final Project: Yosemite National Park – An Animation

For my final project for this course, I decided to create an abstract, 3D Animation to represent ideas and themes learned in this course. The resulting animation animation is also part of my BFA Exhibition, “Synthesis.”

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Reflection: My 1st Experience in the Parks

For my final free-form article, I decided to reflect on my experience in the National Parks. I haven’t been to every Park. But I’ve been to a fair amount of Parks and Monuments. After taking this course and watching The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns, I began thinking back on the Parks. To help illustrate my experience, below is a very cheesy slide-show video I made years ago showing what I experienced on my first trip. Continue reading

Yellowstone and Moran

We have talked a lot about the National Parks in this course (obviously). We have also touched on how instrumental artists were at bringing the images to the public, and offering a glance as to what wonders hid out in the Western wilderness. For my final art interpretation for this course, I would like to talk about a work in particular related to the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone. Continue reading

The Yellowstone Caldera

So, in trying to come up with a free-form article, I decided I would talk about something that was inevitable. I’ve checked through the blog, and I’m fairly sure no one else has decided to look into this subject. That surprises me a little bit, but perhaps nobody’s looked into it because it’s too obvious of a topic? (Please correct me if it’s been talked about already. I could have missed it somehow.)

I’m referring to the Yellowstone Caldera, otherwise known as the Yellowstone Supervolcano. Yes, the very geothermic events which bring us the wonders of the nation’s “Wonderland” have a violent history. Continue reading

Interpretation: Mount Williamson – Clearing Storm

I apologize for my posts being late. I don’t know if I’ll get credit for these or not, but I figured I would try and get them in before midnight, anyway.

I decided that I would talk about a photograph we haven’t seen in class or is on the gallery page for my third Art Interpretation article. The photograph in question is by an artist we talked about his evening. I am referring to Ansel Adams, and a particular photograph he took in the Sierra Nevada. Though not directly related to the National Parks, I believe the following photograph is an example of how his mastery of the medium conveys his conservationist ideals and a reflection of how different people view the landscape. Continue reading

Vote to Drain Hetch Hetchy Valley in November

I found out something interesting this weekend, and I looked it up online to see if it was true. Currently, there are talks to drain the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. There will be a vote in November regarding it. Here’s a USA Today article regarding it.