Producer: Montana PBS
Silence & Solitude DVD
by Tom Murphy
Powerful, brutal, beautiful, and at times, enchanting, winter in Yellowstone National Park is a world unlike any other. It is a season both abstract and profound, where super-heated water erupts into arctic air, where wildlife pushes snow in a constant struggle to survive, and where silence and solitude dominate the park’s deep wilderness. Photographer Tom Murphy has experienced Yellowstone’s winter wilderness as few others have, skiing far into the backcountry with heavy camera gear, an uncanny ability to weather cold and snow, and an artist’s eye for the sublime. His photographs reveal a majestic land where the air is clean and clear and where a wolf’s throaty howl carries for miles on a still day.
For two years, Tom had the use of two video cameras, loaned to him by Carol Truez and Jon Geiss. Carol and Jon used the spring, summer and autumn footage for a video/DVD called "Discovering Yellowstone". Several years after "Discovering Yellowstone" was finished, Tom went to PBS with approximately 25 hours of footage of Yellowstone in winter that Carol and Jon had not used. PBS combined this digital footage with many of Tom's stills from his new book Silence and Solitude in Dec 2002 and produced a video which has been aired all over the US by over 100 PBS stations. The DVD, which was released in Dec 2004, includes an interview with Tom and many new Yellowstone winter still images.
Tom's videography and still photography was nominated for an Emmy in this DVD produced by Montana PBS.
Also available as a book!
Tom Murphy's photographic passion and specialty is Yellowstone Park. Since 1975 he has traveled extensively within its 3400 square miles, hiking thousands of miles and skiing on dozens of extended overnight trips in the backcountry. His photographs have been used in numerous regional, national, and international publications. Clients include Life, Architectural Digest, National Geographic, Audubon, and Time. Magazines such as Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Esquire, and others have sent him on assignments. His first book, Silence and Solitude, Yellowstone's Winter Wilderness, won a 2002 Montana Book Award. The video "Silence and Solitude" produced by Montana Public Television, earned an Emmy nomination for Tom's photography.