For the Pacific Northwest, times have changed since the frontier days of Darius Kinsey. Back when both the American West and the art of photography were still young, Kinsey used a large format camera to document the logging and lumber industry. Contemporary photographer Eirik Johnson has a similar documentary project, but his images show a landscape much altered by years of deforestation.
Freshly felled trees, Nemah, Wash.
Erin Rieman along the Siuslaw River in Oregon
Salmon jerky stand, Hoppaw, Calif.
Adult books, firewood and a truck for sale, Port Angeles, Wash.
The Sweater Store, South Bend, Wash.
Cindy, Nemah River Hatchery, Washington
The road to Forks, Wash.
Juan Valencia, lower Hoh River, Washington
Topped trees reserved for wildlife, Nemah, Wash.
Juan Abalos, salvaging cedar shingle bolts, lower Hoh River, Washington
Stacked alder boards, Seaport Lumber, South Bend, Wash.
Sawdust, Seaport Lumber, South Bend, Wash.
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Johnson's series and Aperture book, Sawdust Mountain, "encompasses not only fishermen and hatchery specialists, lumber workers, and reforestation projects, but also the disenfranchised: abandoned buildings and vehicles, makeshift stores only one step above yard sales," says the introduction. It provides a glimpse of life in the overcast, wooded hinterlands of Oregon, Washington and California, and compares our romantic notions of the American West with ecological concerns of today.