|North Dakota Bound
||[Feb. 1st, 2013|06:38 am]
|||||lana del rey||]|
I'm giving a lecture at the University of North Dakota next week and then immediately after I'm off to Williston (North Dakota) with three members of the history department. They've been documenting life in the temporary housing (called "man camps") which have sprung up around the Bakken oil boom. The temporary housing ranges from winterized RV's to barracks style apartments. I'm really looking forward to getting out there, meeting some people and hearing some stories.
This all happened because a few months ago I was hanging out with an architect talking about buildings and whatever else and he mentioned that he'd been to an oil boom town with some historians from the University of North Dakota and they were doing this big multi-year history on how the discovery of oil has changed the state. Very high wages, lots of jobs, etc. have thrown everything into the air and towns are popping up all over the place.
So, long story short, I'm leaving next week for North Dakota to spend some time photographing people in and around Williston WHERE IT IS CURRENTLY TWENTY DEGREES BELOW ZERO. What I'll be photographing is all up in the air right now, I'm trying to figure out if I should bring a backdrop and just do a bunch of head shots or ... what. Anyway. No real idea what I'm doing but I trust the magic will happen once I hit the ground.
I bought new mittens and insulated pants. I will now get to test out my parka.
My Wiggy's Antarctic Parka, EMS Ascent Summit mittens and insulated Fencemender pants.
Clickenzee to embiggen!
One interesting thing, my digital cameras are only rated to work to 32 degrees. Below that THAR BE DRAGONS.
I'll probably update Twitter the most from there (twitter.com/kylecassidy) provided I can use my fingers.
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