August of 2012 I took a 6-day trip from Chimney Rock, Nebraska to Devil’s Gate, Wyoming, retracing the original Oregon-California-Mormon Pioneer Trail as best I could. I brought along my miniature pioneers and a copy of the diary my great-great-grandfather (James Bellamy Farmer) wrote as he traveled this trail in 1853.

This ongoing project is an imagined historical narrative, using original diary excerpts, but featuring two women as protagonists. Summer of 2014, as part of my Brush Creek Arts Residency, I created the first rough video edit and completed additional shooting. After a long hiatus (recovering from a ruptured appendix) I’m back at work combing through diary text. Here are a few stills from this work-in-progress.

Fine Morning | 2013 | Recent Work