Photographer Bryan Schutmaat

Now and the I will present a photographer that is new to me, but that I find very interesting. Bryan Schutmaat is depicting the people and landscape of western USA in a great collection called Grays the Mountain Sends. Bryan has said that his pictures are not to be seen as a political statement, rather an observation; “There’s something really beautiful to me about how people get by, what people do day to day,” interviewed by Charlotte Alter in Time.

A poem by Walt Whitman came to my mind when watching Bryan's pictures. From another time, another sense of conquering a new land.

All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We detachments steady throwing,
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep,
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing as we go the unknown ways,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We primeval forests felling,
We the rivers stemming, vexing we and piercing deep the mines within,
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving,

Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the hapless silent lovers,
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying,

Pioneers! O pioneers!
Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

Please visit Bryan Schutmaats website to learn more.
Mr Urbano


intense sad beautiful art.
Ksenija Spanec said…
Beautiful! Thank you Mr Urbano for sharing it.