The 45th Parallel @ New Pages

We are thrilled that the High Desert Journal was recommended on New pages.

Here’s what they had to say about The 45th Parallel excerpt HDJ published this spring (Issue 15, Spring 2012):

“The writing maintains the high quality I’ve come to expect from High Desert Journal. Two favorites in this issue are Josh Beddingfield’s essay on a desolate corner of southwest Colorado, “Unsettlement,” and Lisa Wells eponymous essay on a similar place further west, “Fields, Oregon”—illustrated with black and white photographs by Bobby Abrahamson. Fields is home to less than a dozen people and is a quick stop to “middle-age liberal types” who complain about the price of gas and ask dumb questions before heading off “to another frontier, to scale the next mountain in their Gore-Tex. To pose and sip vitaminwater and condescend to earth.””

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The 45th Parallel @ The High Desert Journal

The “Fields” section of The 45th Parallel was just published by the honorable High Desert Journal and we are thankful. Check it out alongside some of Bobby Abrahamson’s gorgeous photos here:

Bobby Abramson @WillametteWeek

Bobby talks to T.J. Norris!

“In The 45th Parallel, storyteller Lisa Wells and photographer Bobby Abrahamson give a travelogue of rural life in the “small, endangered towns” of central Oregon. We spoke to Abrahamson, who has shot for The New York Times, Time and others, about his growing body of work, photographs that walk a very fine line between journalism and fine art by leaving leeway for interpretation.”

The 45th Parallel @ Think Out Loud

“Lisa Wells and Bobby Abrahamson set out to document the plight of Oregon small towns in the spirit of the Federal Writers Project during the New Deal. Their work, titled The 45th Parallel, is currently on display at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland.

They focused on four Oregon towns: Halfway, Fields, Mitchell, and Longcreek — all of which have populations under 350 people. The two Portland-based artists understood the challenges of accuracy and exploitation inherent in documenting the lives of others. They traveled to the locations separately, not wanting to come across as offering a definitive account of the towns. They instead focused on their personal connections with the towns and the people who live there. The photographs on display are the beginning of what the artists hope will be an on-going project in collaboration with the residents depicted.”