Month: February 2011

DON’T FENCE ME IN

Posted by – February 8, 2011

Cole Porter’s nostalgic lament refers to a bygone era: the time before the widespread use of barbed wire. Prior to that, the open range was the unrestricted province of the cowboy. Livestock competed freely for resources, and cattle drives crossed vast expanses uninhibited.

This advancement in technology dramatically changed the face of the Great Plains forever. Land that once was available to all was sectioned off, sparking fierce range wars. public land was overgrazed, and Native Americans were disenfranchised by “the devil’s rope.”

This photo (entirely executed ”in camera,” for you techno geeks) symbolizes the dichotomy of consequences often resulting from such ”progress.”