A Heritage on Film

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Published on: Nov. 2, 1996

Last revision: Oct. 25, 2010

a new Missouri clean water law to comply with the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. He worked on Missouri River water allocation and issues concerning Stockton Dam and Truman Dam to make the operations more compatible with the rivers involved and with aquatic life.

Thanks to his work for the state, his photographic explorations and his conservation volunteerism, Lindholm has an informed perspective on Missouri's environmental condition. "It's a constant assault on our wild areas," he says. As population increases, so does the demand for housing and four-lane highways. "We have made progress. We have a lot of people who are aware now of how valuable resources are to our lifestyles and how much we need to protect them, but it's a constant pressure."

Lindholm's darkroom is a former fallout shelter under the front porch of his home, equipped with a huge sink from an old hotel. Darkroom work is a pleasure for him, and he often works a day or more on a black and white print. "It's a soothing, magical experience," he says. What does he look for when he's printing? "A perfect negative," he jokes.

He expects to keep promoting environmental ethics through his writing and photographs, living by the words he wrote in the March 1988 issue of Photographic: "As photographers we are privileged to be able to capture some of the beauty of this earth. In passing it on to others we will have given a bit to this world from which we take so much." triangle

WHAT CAN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS SAY?

Is there a message in the photographs you take? One of them might be worth those proverbial thousand words when it comes to encouraging appreciation for your community's natural and cultural history. Here's a way to put photo graphs to work:

  • Organize an exhibit of "Great Places" and invite others to contribute photos. All ages can participate.
  • The exhibit doesn't have to be limited to public landmarks; a photo may have personal meaning for the photographer, such as "My Grandmother's House" or "Our Redbud Tree." Give photographers a form to fill out with their names and the location for each photo. Encourage a written message, if they have a comment to add.
  • The exhibit could be sponsored by a school, library, museum, historical society, civic club, bank or business. It's a good way to draw the community together, both as photographers and attendees.
  • To attract attendance, plan your exhibit as part of a local event-environmental fair, agricultural fair, historical celebration or arts festival.
  • Photographers don't have to be professionals or even experienced amateurs, as long as the photos are clear. Snapshots are fine, though some photographers may want to spend extra for enlargements of their work.
  • Showcase geological features, streams and rivers, prairies and woodlands, as well as beautiful and unusual old buildings.
  • Look for both positive and negative messages in the photos, places that have been preserved and places that have been defaced. Changes may be for the good, such as those that provide access for the disabled.
  • Photographers should try early morning or evening light; midday light may be too harsh. Capture the spirit of the place, its serenity or the activities that take place there.
  • Invite a historical society or museum to exhibit photos of your area as it looked years ago-"Main Street," a public park, open land, an elm-lined street. Contrast the photos with shots of the same places today, whether the sites been preserved, restored or changed.
  • Ask the local newspaper to write a feature and run a few of the photos before the exhibit opens; set up interviews with several of the photographers. Write an announcement for radio and television and ask for television coverage of the show's opening.

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