In 2006, I began documenting a ranching community near the epicenter of North Dakota’s Bakken oil boom. What started as a project capturing the environmental desecration of these sacred lands has evolved into a nuanced study of personal values eroded by time and circumstance.

These families have drawn sustenance and purpose from the badlands surrounding them, but many of their choices have been compromised by economics – and others by personal intransigence. Hinterlands bears witness to individuals longing for kinship and acceptance, but whose ideals have given way to a collective angst.

Hinterlands’ underlying theme focuses on the importance of personal responsibility. As fracking destroys the environment, it simultaneously upends local economies and communal cohesiveness.

This essay has transitioned into documentary film featuring the families I've followed since 2006. I'll continue working on Hinterlands through the 2018 mid-term election, releasing the film in 2019. 

Photographs in this gallery will change from time to time.

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