Happy Ranch


Beyer, James


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selenium-toned silver gelatin prints


3.25 x 4.25 in.



Artist Statement

This is a project that grew out of emotional trauma. A couple years ago I lost one of my very best friends to a tragic accident. A couple months later I lost my father. Losing these people invoked a sense of questioning in me. All of this happened at an extremely emotionally taxing time in my life. I began to think about my own life and how I live and was, and still am, spending a lot of time thinking about life in general. I began to use photography as a therapeutic process, and for a while was almost exclusively shooting myself. As time went on I stopped thinking about what I was going to shoot or print, and allowed the work to develop on its own. I would take a picture at the moment I felt like I should, and select negatives based almost totally on visual aesthetics. In a sense I allowed the projects content to develop on its own. What came out of this process was a family album. This album serves as an examination of myself, how I spend my time, and those people I gravitate towards. I think that through these events the value that I place on family and home has greatly increased. Ultimately I have discovered that I just want to live life however I need to in order to stay happy, and sane.

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Beyer, James, “Happy Ranch,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed December 8, 2016, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/1347.
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