BOZEMAN REMEMBERED

August 2015

    I have only lived in Bozeman, MT for three years, but I can already detect the town's rapid growth. The box shaped duplexes encroaching on the farmland, the ducks waddling on pavement in search of wetland that once was, and the backed up traffic at Huffine and 19th all catch my eye.

    I became interested in visually documenting this growth, because of my distaste for it, but I felt that my bias would serve an injustice to the community. Instead, I sought the perspective of current longtime residents of Bozeman and Gallatin County. I interviewed each participant about their personal history, their opinions about recent growth, and most important to my concept, a place that is memorable to them from their time as a resident.

    These memorable locations became the focus of my re-photography. I uncovered historic photographs from personal and public archives and then took current photographs of the place. By comparing the two photographs, I hoped to reveal how much each person's favorite place has changed over time and if it had been affected by the area's population boom.

    What I gathered from the interviews and from my travels to each location is that, generally, growth is good. Growth yields a strong economy, cultural diversity, and simple conveniences like fresh meat from a number of grocery stores in town. Sure there are minor consequences like traffic, but for most these growing pains are easy to live with.

Wyman Schmidt
Wyman Schmidt
William Brazle
William Brazle
Sonja Berg
Sonja Berg
Sharon Harvey
Sharon Harvey
Sally Cokelet
Sally Cokelet
Paul Milam
Paul Milam
Maggie Heisick
Maggie Heisick
Karen Renne
Karen Renne
Jim Ramsey
Jim Ramsey
Ivy Huntsman
Ivy Huntsman
Harold Levens
Harold Levens
Isabella Rassley
Isabella Rassley
Giles Cokelet
Giles Cokelet
Charlie Soha
Charlie Soha
Dick Lund Web
Dick Lund Web
Don Pierre
Don Pierre
Dee Mast
Dee Mast