For a photograph, its frame is its most imperative element. It acts not only to shepherd an observer into the photograph, but it forces the observer out of reality and into the world of the photograph. For a split second, the frame brings the viewer to a place not always pleasant, but always worthwhile... if it's done right.
This gallery, which we are calling "The Frame," aims to give life to photos that didn’t get the opportunity in the newspaper, and therefore probably didn't get online either.
Rather than giving these photos a traditional caption, they've been coupled with commentary and insight to provide a holistic understanding of the images and their purpose, to provide clarity to the photograph or testify of the making of the image on behalf of the photographer.
Every edition of The Frame will have some cohesive thread, and this month is a look at peripheral images taken while on assignment or while traviling to or from assignment. Future galleries may be photo essays on trends in our society, photographic techniques or a revisit of recent events.
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Out of the whole flock, one sheep, rather than grazing along, became fixated on the strange black object clicking at them. I continued to click, framing the sheep lower so as to incorporate the grandeur of the Elkhorn Mountains and the sheep remained gazing in my direction.
Among the crowd at a recent buffalo rally at the Capitol was this father and son. I made the photograph and carried on covering the event. The significance of this image is realized once the layers are broken down and we see that what separates this child and father from the Capitol, a symbol of democracy, is a crowd of demonstrators.
Kal Poole, managing director for Grandstreet Theatre, was showing off the bathroom remodel at the theater, and the contractor’s light illuminated his face is such an unusual way. I say unusual because in the natural world, light sources mostly come from above us. So when the lighting is up from below, it casts uncommon shadows and provides a much different overall feeling to the image.
These girls just could not contain their overwhelming joy as musher Clayton Perry’s dog, Billy, was nuzzling and licking them during an all-school assembly just before this year’s Race to the Sky.
During this year’s Night to Shine, this Celtic dancing group took to the stage accompanied by a live band. Not only did the music accompany the choreography nicely, but the complementary colored stage lighting made the dancer pop on stage.
While on assignment at a training facility on Ft. Harrison, a Chinook helicopter landed and kicked up quite a flurry. I couldn’t resist snapping this frame of the TV reporters huddling for cover.
This is Kale, a trail-eager Dalmatian. His contrasty fur color stands out so profoundly against the shadowed background, much like his personality after only moments of interaction.
While waiting for Gov. Bullock to give his State of the State address, the floodlights for the television broadcast were casting this rich hard light on the legislators milling around. This moment with Rep. Ellie Hill of Missoula and her son caught my eye. They each seem to share the same gaze, but at what I am unsure.