Ninaiistako Thunderbird I
Ninaiistako Thunderbird II
Location Origin Story
During the filming of Chief Mountain, known and revered as Ninaiistako by the First Nations Blackfoot, a remarkable atmospheric phenomenon occurred. Bright morning sunlight streaming through low hanging cumulus clouds cast shadows on the precipitous cliff face of this revered rocky outcropping on the edge of Glacier National Park.
Lasting fleeting moments in time, these heavenly shadows created silhouettes that bore striking resemblance to ancient First Nations Thunderbird icons and symbols.
In traditional Blackfoot culture, Ninaiistako is the home of Thunderbird, creator of Thunder…
About This Photograph
These mystically intriguing scenes were photographed in the early morning during the month of June while Zedekiah was flying and exploring the border between the First Nations Blackfoot lands and Glacier National Park.
The image was taken from a moving aircraft, as Zedekiah piloted the aircraft while simultaneously operating the camera.
Zedekiah used the morning light rays as a compositional element to frame the imagery and in particular with these images, to create the composition by use of the cloud shadow pattern across the cliff face.
Timing and being in the place-in-space for this scene to reveal itself was crucial to this image composition.
Lastly, it is impossible to simply walk up a trail and take the same photograph again. This image was very difficult to create, and is truly one-of-a-kind, therefore making it extremely rare.
Due to the rarity of the image, it is being offered either as part of a numbered and signed, reserved-limited edition of Five Hundred (500) prints.
There are Fifty (50) artist proofs available.
Suggested Media Substrate
This image is best suited for Satin Metal with a lustrous flat, non-reflective finish and is available for additional custom texturization to produce enhanced micro shadowing across the surface of the print.
- Reserved-Limited Edition Prints – Three Dollars ($3) per square inch
18” x 28” = $1,512
24” x 36” = $2,592
32” x 48” = $4,608
36” x 54” = $5,832
48” x 72” = $10,368
- Reserved-Limited Edition Volumetric Prints – Four Dollars ($4) per square inch
18” x 28” = $2,016
24” x 36” = $3,456
32” x 48” = $6,144
36” x 54” = $7,776
48” x 72” = $13,824
- Reserved-Limited Edition Artist Proofs – Seven Dollars ($7) per square inch
18” x 28” = $3,528
24” x 36” = $6,048
32” x 48” = $10,752
36” x 54” = $13,608
48” x 72” = $24,192