Grand Prismatic Spring #2, Don Jacobson, 2018, photography, 18 x 24 in. / 45.72 x 60.96 cm.

The Art of Earth: Don Jacobson’s Landscape Photography

Featured image: Grand Prismatic Spring #2, Don Jacobson, 2018, photography, 18 x 24 in. / 45.72 x 60.96 cm.

Don Jacobson's photography encapsulates the stunning diversity and intrinsic beauty of the American landscape through a series of evocative images that span various natural wonders.

Don Jacobson is a renowned photographer celebrated for his vivid portrayals of American landscapes. His work captures the unique colors and forms of natural settings, highlighting their geological and aesthetic grandeur.

His works, including "Mammoth Pool," "Lower Antelope Canyon," and "Painted Hills," showcase his remarkable ability to capture the unique geological features and vibrant color palettes of these iconic locations. Jacobson’s attention to detail and color brings these natural landscapes to life, offering viewers a window into some of the country's most breathtaking scenes.

Explore our curated selection of contemporary artists from around the globe.

Naturalist Gallery offers artist representation internationally. Apply your art.

"Mammoth Pool" (2018):

Mammoth Pool, Don Jacobson, 2018, photography, 24 x 18 in. / 60.96 x 45.72 cm.

Mammoth Pool, Don Jacobson, 2018, photography, 24 x 18 in. / 60.96 x 45.72 cm.

"Mammoth Pool" presents a serene yet dynamic view of Mammoth Hot Springs, a location known for its complex hydrothermal systems. Jacobson captures the ethereal beauty of the steaming pools with their delicate, travertine formations that terrace down into the earth. The interplay of light and shadow across the mineral deposits paints a picture of an almost otherworldly terrain, highlighting the natural artistry of thermal activity. This photograph not only documents a natural wonder but also emphasizes the quiet majesty of geological evolution in progress.

"Lower Antelope Canyon" (2011):

Lower Antelope Canyon, Don Jacobson, 2011, photography, 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.64 cm.

Lower Antelope Canyon, Don Jacobson, 2011, photography, 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.64 cm.

In "Lower Antelope Canyon," Jacobson explores the deep, winding narrows of this famous slot canyon within the Navajo Nation in Arizona. The photograph highlights the smooth, flowing lines of the sandstone, shaped by eons of water erosion, bathed in a palette of deep oranges and reds. The lighting within the canyon walls creates a visual dance of colors that seem to move with the contours of the rock. This image is a testament to Jacobson’s skill in using natural light to enhance the profound depth and silent grace of Antelope Canyon.

"Painted Hills" (2022):

Painted Hills, Don Jacobson, 2022, photography, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

Painted Hills, Don Jacobson, 2022, photography, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

"Painted Hills" depicts the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon, renowned for its multi-colored layers of earth. Jacobson's lens captures the undulating forms of these hills, with their striking bands of red, tan, and ochre, which tell a vivid story of the area’s ancient volcanic activity. The composition is meticulous, with each ridge and valley playing a part in a larger symphony of form and hue. This photograph not only showcases natural beauty but also serves as a colorful chronicle of the Earth’s volcanic past.

Don Jacobson’s photographic work is a profound ode to nature’s artistry, capturing the essence of landscapes that are as rich in history as they are in visual splendor. From the thermal waters of Mammoth Pool to the sculptural canyons of Arizona and the vividly painted hills of Oregon, Jacobson’s images invite a deep appreciation for the natural world’s enduring beauty and diversity. His ability to convey the grandeur of these landscapes makes each piece not just a photograph, but a portal to places of timeless enchantment.

Learn more About Naturalist Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Pleistocene Sand, Don Jacobson, 2021, photography, 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.64 cm.

Pleistocene Sand, Don Jacobson, 2021, photography, 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.64 cm.

You may also find the following articles helpful:

The 14 Essential Artists of Impressionism

Expressionism: 20 Iconic Paintings & Their Artists

Renaissance Art: Origins, Influences, and Key Figures

Classical Art Movement: Exploring the History, Artists, and Artworks

Figurative Art: Understanding, Collecting, and Appreciating the Style

Daily Routines of Famous Artists: Learn from the Masters

Top 12 Controversial Artworks That Changed Art History

Tracing the History of Humans and Art

12 Central Fine Art Movements

Back to Journal

Leave a comment