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I was living in New York when I took my first trip to Wallowa County in Oregon, which would later become my home. I met a girl who led me to this hidden paradise nestled in mountains and canyons and immediately realized the necessity of documenting the people who lived there. We packed up and drove toward a life unknown. Living in small houses and care taking ranches for the first months, getting to know everyone was imperative before any true images could be made. All of the good people I met throughout the many pockets of this land have a true proud story of their own. I parked an Airstream on my friend’s property surrounded by national forest and converted an old barn into a darkroom. This is where I would live and print to bring these pictures to life.