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 Highway 2 which run east-west across northern Montana not far from the Canadian border. It is the area 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 with all their uniqueness are disappearing.
This work is inspired by the New Topographic photography of Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, John Schott, and others who documented the landscape and architecture of the changing Western United States in the early 1970s. Photographing the land, its use, and its built structures is a means to portray an era. These human landscapes in Montana are evidence of rural American life and culture in the early 21st century, leaving a historical record of a time that may be quickly passing in the midst of great technological and economic change.
completed 2012 -2017