Kremmling photo series featured in Shooting the West exhibition in Arvada
Grand County, Colorado
A portrait of Kremmling rancher Jim Yust will be among the photographs shown at the Shooting the West exhibition at the Arvada Center Jan. 8 – Feb. 22.
The display features 18 Colorado photographers’ works and is free to the public. The Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Photographer Andrea Wallace took the photo of Yust, which is a part of the Kremmling series she has been working on for the past 10 years.
“Ranching basically is a dying breed,” said Yust, who has been a rancher all his life.
The photo that will displayed at the show was taken of Yust’s hands in 2003.
“(I’m) actually hiding my face, but she thought it was intriguing taking pictures of all the veins in my hands,” Yust said.
Wallace also photographed Yust’s son and daughter who are fifth generation Kremmling residents. Yust’s favorites prints are the ones taken of his children.
Wallace gave Yust two photos at an exhibition in Kremmling a couple years ago. One photo is of his children at corner of his house, and the other is of him with his hands down.
He doesn’t know if he’ll be able to attend the exhibition.
“When I’m feeding cattle everyday it’s hard to get to Denver,” Yust said. “It would probably be of interest.”
Four of Wallace’s images from the Kremmling series will be displayed at the show.
Other people she shot in Kremmling were Merri and Dan Taussig in 2003; as well as Rochell and Tristan Wachholtz.
The photos in Kremmling are environmental portraits.
“I felt like they had a very strong connection to the land being ranchers,” Wallace said. “I’m interested in exploring a place by making portraits of people who inhabit the space.”
After the photo shoot she also made a film to give the ranchers a voice, which includes interviews and footage of ranch life.
“It kind of rounded out the project,” Wallace added.
She has shown the film and photos in South America and Europe.
Wallace was inspired to shoot Kremmling as it was the setting for the “well-known” W. Eugene Smith’s 1948 Life Magazine documentary, The Country Doctor, she said.
“I tried to revisit that place called Kremmling, which I knew nothing about,” she said.
“Kremmling already has a name, so I thought it would be interesting to go back and revisit Kremmling.”
“These portraits record and celebrate those who struggle to preserve tradition and this way of life. The project, which began in 1996, continues as I return to Kremmling year after year to document these families as they grow and change with the times,” her project statement said.
Wallace, a Boston native, started the project when she was in graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1997. She wanted to do the project at a time when most people are focused on technology and developing land. Instead of selling, these ranchers choose to pass on their way of life and values to their children, she said.
Wallace said she hopes to come back to Kremmling this spring to take more photos of the same people and families as she did six years ago.
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