In Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California (c. 1937), which Prodger includes as "an exploration of water in all its forms" (ice, snow, waterfall, clouds), we gaze over snowy evergreens to awesome storm clouds roiling between mountain peaks. The sun breaks through, defining the deep space and spotlighting a waterfall. But getting sidetracked on water misses the point. The photo is like the climax of a symphony about the American West — vast and sublime and shot through with nostalgia.

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