Knight of Salvation Mountain

Leonard Knight created Salvation Mountain in the California desert with innumerable cans of paint. At this time of this picture, he estimated he had applied at least twenty layers of paint on the hill to resist weathering. After this portrait helped make him better-known, he went on to appear in the film Into the Wild. His creation of religious folk art appeared in Coldplay’s music video Birds, among other numerous media appearances, and was recognized in the US Congress by Senator Barbara Boxer. He has passed on, but if you are curious about him, his scenes in Into the Wild are, to me, clearly unscripted. They just let the camera roll, I’m sure of it. Shot on Velvia slide film and digitized with a high-quality Imacon film scanner.

Creator

Dave Yoder

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Dave is an American documentary photographer whose devotion to capturing unstaged, real moments is reflected in the diversity, spontaneity, and sincerity of his collections. As a National Geographic Explorer and Nat Geo Magazine photographer, he initiated eclectic stories including the search for a lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, the exploration of a lost city in unexplored jungle in Honduras (chronicled in Douglas Preston's NYT #1 bestselling book The Lost City of the Monkey God), and after recruiting the help of all three American ambassadors stationed in Rome, he was granted the best access any outside photojournalist has ever had to any pope, for his Nat Geo Magazine cover story and book on Pope Francis. He was born in Goshen, Indiana, USA, but grew up on the foothills of Kilimanjaro, and currently lives with his wife in rural south west France.

Properties

Rights

Extended Editorial

Location

California Desert

Subject

Leonard Knight

Genre

Reportage

Artist

Dave Yoder

Dimensions

4300x2957

Filetype

JPG

License

Extended Editorial

Can be used to display privately, or in commercial and non-commercial settings, or in groups with an unlimited number of participants. The license includes unlimited use and display in virtual or physical galleries, documentaries, and essays by the NFT holder. Provides no rights to create commercial merchandise, commercial distribution, or derivative works.

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