Tim Kiser

Tim Kiser

Posted on 11/02/2011

Photo taken on July 14, 2011

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July 2011
Clear Creek County Colorado

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Do not let Roland Barthes ruin your Rocky Mountains vaca!, the way he tried to ruin mine.

Do not let Roland Barthes ruin your Rocky Mountains vaca!, the way he tried to ruin mine.
“The Blue Guide hardly knows the existence of scenery except under the guise of the picturesque. The picturesque is found any time the ground is uneven. We find again here this bourgeois promoting of the mountains, this old Alpine myth (since it dates back to the nineteenth century) which Gide rightly associated with Helvetico-Protestant morality and which has always functioned as a hybrid compound of the cult of nature and of puritanism (regeneration through clean air, moral ideas at the sight of mountain-tops, summit-climbing as civic virtue, etc.). Among the views elevated by the Blue Guide to aesthetic existence, we rarely find plains (redeemed only when they can be described as fertile), never plateaux. Only mountains, gorges, defiles and torrents can have access to the pantheon of travel, inasmuch, probably, as they seem to encourage a morality of effort and solitude. Travel according to the Blue Guide is thus revealed as a labour-saving adjustment, the easy substitute for the morally uplifting walk. This in itself means that the mythology of the Blue Guide dates back to the last century, to that phase in history when the bourgeoisie was enjoying a kind of new-born euphoria in buying effort, in keeping its image and essence without feeling any of its ill-effects. It is therefore in the last analysis, quite logically and quite stupidly, the gracelessness of a landscape, its lack of spaciousness or human appeal, its verticality, so contrary to the bliss of travel, which account for its interest."

--Roland Barthes, from "The Blue Guide" in Mythologies, 1957, transl. 1972, re Hachette World Guides, dubbed "Guide Bleu" in French


A view from the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, on July 14th, 2011, in Clear Creek County, Colorado.


Library of Congress classification ideas:
F782.E93 Evans, Mount (Colo.)—Pictorial works.
F782.A16 Mountains—Colorado—Pictorial works.
SB482.A4 Scenic overlooks—United States—Pictorial works.
TE23 Roads—United States—Pictorial works.
F782.A49 Arapaho National Forest (Colo.)—Pictorial works.
F782.C6 Clear Creek County (Colo.)—Pictorial works.