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In this series I combine photographs of animals and vintage wallpapers. I travel to abandoned homesteads, gritty ghost towns, and buildings dripping with history to photograph these exquisite wallpapers - these glorious relics of an effort made by people who wished to enjoy a simple bit of beauty inside their dwelling on the harsh and hostile American frontier. But time has had its way with these buildings and in my own way, with these fresh and contemporary pieces of fine art photography, I take comfort in helping the grace and grandeur of these relics to live on.

{ Horse No. 16 } Pictured is a horse which was photographed in Southwest Montana on the edge of the Little Bighorn National Battlefield. The pattern laid over it is a photograph of wallpaper from an abandoned homestead on the Northern prairie of Montana. 

{ Horse No. 16 } Pictured is a horse which was photographed in Southwest Montana on the edge of the Little Bighorn National Battlefield. The pattern laid over it is a photograph of wallpaper from an abandoned homestead on the Northern prairie of Montana. 

{ Horse No. 20 } Pictured is a mustang from the Hawk band of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range in Montana. The pattern is from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana. The solid colored background are the painted walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek.

{ Horse No. 20 } Pictured is a mustang from the Hawk band of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range in Montana. The pattern is from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana. The solid colored background are the painted walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek.

{ Horse No. 21 } I photographed this horse on a Montana ranch near Yellowstone. The floral pattern I photographed inside the S.R. Buford Store in the National Historic Landmark of Virginia City, Montana. The S.R. Buford was built in 1874 and was the town’s first brick building. The texture in the background is from plaster walls I photographed in the Hotel Meade, originally the county courthouse, built in 1875 in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana.

{ Horse No. 21 } I photographed this horse on a Montana ranch near Yellowstone. The floral pattern I photographed inside the S.R. Buford Store in the National Historic Landmark of Virginia City, Montana. The S.R. Buford was built in 1874 and was the town’s first brick building. The texture in the background is from plaster walls I photographed in the Hotel Meade, originally the county courthouse, built in 1875 in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana.

{ Horse No. 22 } Pictured is a ranch horse from a ranch outside Yellowstone National Park. The pattern is from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana. The solid colored background is the painted walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered there..

{ Horse No. 22 } Pictured is a ranch horse from a ranch outside Yellowstone National Park. The pattern is from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana. The solid colored background is the painted walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered there..

{ Horse No. 19 } Pictured is a mustang from the Hawk band of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range in Montana. The pattern is from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana. The solid colored background are the painted walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory. 

{ Horse No. 19 } Pictured is a mustang from the Hawk band of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range in Montana. The pattern is from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana. The solid colored background are the painted walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory. 

{ Elk No. 1 }  Pictured is a bull elk I photographed in Yellowstone National Park. I photographed this wallpaper in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana in the Greater House. Augustus Graeter arrived in Bannack from Nebraska in 1862 and built this home shortly thereafter. Through the years additions were made as various families continued to live there even as the town itself was in decline. The solid colored background is the painted plaster walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory. 

{ Elk No. 1 }  Pictured is a bull elk I photographed in Yellowstone National Park. I photographed this wallpaper in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana in the Greater House. Augustus Graeter arrived in Bannack from Nebraska in 1862 and built this home shortly thereafter. Through the years additions were made as various families continued to live there even as the town itself was in decline. The solid colored background is the painted plaster walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory. 

{ Elk No. 2 }  Pictured is a bull elk in Yellowstone National Park. The floral pattern is a photograph of vintage wallpaper from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana. The solid colored background are the painted walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory. 

{ Elk No. 2 }  Pictured is a bull elk in Yellowstone National Park. The floral pattern is a photograph of vintage wallpaper from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana. The solid colored background are the painted walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory. 

{ Calf No. 1 }  pictured is a calf from a Montana ranch. The floral pattern is a photograph of vintage wallpaper from a home in the town of Virginia City, Montana. Virginia City is a National Historic Landmark and began in 1863 when gold was discovered in Alder Gulch. 

{ Calf No. 1 }  pictured is a calf from a Montana ranch. The floral pattern is a photograph of vintage wallpaper from a home in the town of Virginia City, Montana. Virginia City is a National Historic Landmark and began in 1863 when gold was discovered in Alder Gulch. 

{ Bison No. 1 }  Pictured is a bison I photographed in the National Bison Range in Western Montana. I photographed this wallpaper in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana in the Greater House. Augustus Graeter arrived in Bannack from Nebraska in 1862 and built this home shortly thereafter. Through the years additions were made as various families continued to live there even as the town itself was in decline. The solid colored background is the painted plaster walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory. 

{ Bison No. 1 }  Pictured is a bison I photographed in the National Bison Range in Western Montana. I photographed this wallpaper in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana in the Greater House. Augustus Graeter arrived in Bannack from Nebraska in 1862 and built this home shortly thereafter. Through the years additions were made as various families continued to live there even as the town itself was in decline. The solid colored background is the painted plaster walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory. 

{ Horse No. 23 }  Pictured is a foal from the Blackfeet Reservation along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana. The pattern is from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. Augustus Graeter arrived in Bannack from Nebraska in 1862 and built this home shortly thereafter. Through the years additions were made as various families continued to live there even as the town itself was in decline. This wallpaper, titled Home on the Range, is from the 1950s and is still hanging there today. Though mas-produced at the time, it has an air of folk art to it which lends to its nostalgic look and feel.  

{ Horse No. 23 }  Pictured is a foal from the Blackfeet Reservation along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana. The pattern is from an abandoned home in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. Augustus Graeter arrived in Bannack from Nebraska in 1862 and built this home shortly thereafter. Through the years additions were made as various families continued to live there even as the town itself was in decline. This wallpaper, titled Home on the Range, is from the 1950s and is still hanging there today. Though mas-produced at the time, it has an air of folk art to it which lends to its nostalgic look and feel.  

{ Horse No. 24 } I photographed this horse on the Blackfeet Reservation along Montana’s sweeping Rocky Mountain Front.   I photographed this wallpaper in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana in the Greater House. Like the many others seeking to better their condition, Augustus Graeter arrived in Bannack from Nebraska in 1862 and built this home shortly thereafter. Through the years additions were made as various families continued to live there even as the town itself was in decline. The solid colored background is the painted plaster walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory. 

{ Horse No. 24 } I photographed this horse on the Blackfeet Reservation along Montana’s sweeping Rocky Mountain Front.   I photographed this wallpaper in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana in the Greater House. Like the many others seeking to better their condition, Augustus Graeter arrived in Bannack from Nebraska in 1862 and built this home shortly thereafter. Through the years additions were made as various families continued to live there even as the town itself was in decline. The solid colored background is the painted plaster walls of the abandoned Hotel Meade, also in Bannack, which was founded in 1862 after gold was discovered along Grasshopper Creek. The town was the first Capitol of the Montana Territory.