Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monochrome ...

I know its unfair to use a black-and-white photo to illustrate this point, but in the prairies of eastern Montana there are times with the earth and the sky and the works of man all fade into a blurred monochrome, and the landscape seems to be without distinction. This is especially true in the early spring, after the snow has melted but before the land has started to return to life.

This is photo of the little McCone County town of Circle ... certainly not one of the more dramatic spots in our state. The shot was taken back in March 1942 by a federal photographer working for something called the Office of War Information -- whatever that was.


  1. Hm. I'm stumped. I wonder why the Office of War Information would be in Circle, Montana in 1942?

  2. Yeah, I have absolutely no idea ... but they took a ton of Montana photos back in 1942. They're mostly the same sort of images that the Farm Security Administration was taking earlier, so maybe they were working to continue that in some way ...