“Landscape not as mere scenery but as sacred vision…” Joyce Carol Oates
My work looks at the lives of Native Americans through memory and time, and examines how landscape bears witness to a distant tribal past.
Researching the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, I was drawn to a culture still responsive to the natural wilderness but also in a modern age of consumerism.
An hour’s drive away from the nearest settlement, Colville Indian Reservation is located in a remote eastern corner of Washington State. During my stay, I was befriended by Louis a young father who initiated me into tribal life, taking me night-hunting and bare-back racing. My photographs record these moments – rituals that have played out in these forests and canyons for millennia.
Above all I wanted to connect a narrative that lays bare the systems of life and to challenge the clichéd narratives of Native Americans. The stories from Colville, like those from elsewhere, are an amalgam of past, present and future and whilst celebrating the theatrical otherness of Native American culture, I also rooted my images in the banalities of modern life. My work reflects this duality. The project is not about loss of hope, but a journey through time, space and place.