Certain “poses” by California condors seem to be especially attractive to photographers, illustrators, painters, sculptors, and other artists. One of these poses has long been referred to as the “sun worshipper”.
As a way of illuminating the relationship between California condors and humans, and to celebrate the humans who contributed to human understanding of and protection of condors, this post presents 8 more published photos of those humans.
Having looked at 1000s of images of California condors, I have started to recognize “poses” of the great bird that seem more common than others.
I am just beginning to explore whether this is true, why some poses might be favored, and what it might mean that particular poses are preferred.
In this post, I share some of my initial look into these questions by showing examples of one notable pose.
Since 1900 and continuing today, the scientific journal Condor, named after the California condor, has been publishing significant information about birds. In this post I show some excellent photos of California condors from this publication, including the photo captions.
By chance, the 8 photos here are evenly split between the first and last quarters of the 20th century. Together, these photos capture aspects of the lives of California condors and humans’ sense of these birds.
This post presents 8 photos from 6 books and magazines. These date from before the internet and before the captive and free-living California condor populations increased. So they are from a time when such photos were how all but a few people “experienced” condors.