Help me curate - Sheyenne National Grasslands

Project Images

Gallery Overview

Individual Images

Image 1
American Pastoralism

Image 2
And the Fates Smiled Upon Us

Image 3
Cottonwood Shade

Image 4
Dreaming of Yesteryear

Image 5
Exit the Day

Image 6
Prairie Aflame

Image 7
Awaiting Our Fate

Image 8
Sheyenne Sandhills

Image 9
To Touch the Sky

Project Description

I’m embarking on a new project exploring the tremendous topographic, climatic, and ecologic diversity of the North American prairies. This has sent me back to reexamine some images I made in 2021 while backpacking a section of the North County Trail in North Dakota’s Sheyenne National Grasslands. It was a pretty photographically-productive trip, and I’m having a bit of a struggle curating this collection into the one or two standout images (if they even exist as “standouts”) for inclusion in my larger prairie project. I’d be grateful for your insights as to which images are worthy of further consideration, and which are not.

Self Critique

One way I hope to communicate the diversity of prairie landscapes is through a diversity of compositional styles. This particular collection is pretty much all wide angle (it’s the lens I had at the time). I expect to mix in quite a few more small scenes and abstracts as the project moves forward over the next couple of years.

Creative Direction

There are two emotions driving my work in this project: 1) Profound sadness for the fact that the mast majority of North American prairies (especially in the tallgrass region) have been lost. I hope these images help demonstrate the remarkable landscape that we’ve plowed almost to extinction, and to motivate others to pay more attention to the preservation of what we still have left, and to the restoration of that which is is possible. 2) An epiphanic sense of wonder that the prairies, from Alberta to Texas, represent such a diverse natural environment, one that is all but impossible to appreciate while traveling at highway speed. Maybe one of images in this project will motivate someone to stop, get out, and wander in the waving grass.

Specific Feedback

Which images, if any, best communicate those emotions? If one does, I’d love to know why, but that may be more time than you’d like to spend. Even just noting an image title or two would be great.

Intent of the project

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