PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE AMERICAN WEST
"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams
In our shared American experience, moving westward has always represented a strive to succeed, a step toward opportunity. From the fur traders who explored the mighty rivers of the pacific northwest, to the homesteaders who traveled the Oregon trail to the fertile Willamette valley, all have sought a better life in the west. Our modern west may be tamed, but the landscape that offered these opportunities remains. The promise that land represents is the subject of these images.
"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?” - Aldo Leopold
Salem, Oregon. 2016.