The Montana Hi-Line is a remarkable landscape of open spaces, infinite sky, and places forgotten. The Hi-Line is defined by the BNSF rail corridor and Route 2 which run east-west across northern Montana not far from the Canadian border. It is in a part of the country where Native Americans once hunted buffalo but now live on reservations, where fourth-generation family farming and ranching are being replaced by big agribusiness, and where small towns dotting the open landscape are disappearing. This series depicts the human geography in this part rural Montana and what it reveals about the people and place.
The geography of human-made things creates a story of place and time; the things we build have meaning, no matter how ordinary they are, reflecting our tastes, values, and aspirations. The land is altered as each generation creates its own human geography only to be changed again by future generations. The Hi-Line gives the illusion of a simpler rural America which is disappearing in this more technology-driven and globalized era, yet no matter what human changes occur the land itself maintains its presence and beauty.
completed 2012 - 2017