The photographs in Bakken Notebook describe the dynamic Bakken region in western North Dakota. Since 2009 natural resource extraction activities in the oil field have increased at a dramatic rate and transformed this portion of the state in marked ways. For many long-term residents the rapid installation of oil pads, pipelines, roads, and commercial infrastructure has reshaped the region beyond recognition. These images look closely at the instances and increments in which the Bakken landscape is morphing into a different place. Rather than highlight the explosion of “man-camps,” oil jacks, and influx of temporary workers, these images draw attention to the subtler shifts that cut open and reshape a familiar territory into a new setting.
Drawn from a number of different projects about the region, Bakken Notebook is designed to provide a rotating selection of my work about the area and its long-term response to the most recent boom.
To view more works related to the region, including collaborative research projects and teaching initiatives please see the project website, www.bakkenviews.org.