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Elliot Ross [Special Edition]

Cole and his Domain, Weld County, Colorado, 2016

27" x 19" (inches) print on Mohawk Ultrawhite Eggshell 120C in an edition of 100.
on reverse: an interview with Elliot Ross and Genevieve Allison

This photograph is the last frame that I took on a long project that I did two summers ago called The Reckoning Days, on dryland wheat harvest in Northeast Colorado. I was out there for a total of two and a half months. It was a way for me to reconnect with my family. This is where I grew up, this is what we did every year. This is the climax of the year and what everything came down to. It's a make-or-break time where if there's a flood or hail or tornadoes or pests, the year's income is gone. It's very stressful. This picture is after the harvest, after it's all done, Cole is up on the grain bin looking at the corn, the next harvest, even though it's not nearly as big [as their wheat fields], at sunrise. Looking over his domain, really. The light that morning was just so fantastic.

The very first frame of the entire summer was the same thing. The light wasn't quite how I wanted it... and I knew I could do better. We kept putting it off, kept putting it off, kept putting it off... and I had a flight out of Denver, which was like three and a half hours away, and I was already late. "Oh, man, Cole! We forgot to take that picture!" So we ran up there, take it real quick, it was really grey, "man this isn't gonna work. Oh well." Right as we were about call it quits, the sun broke through the clouds and made these moving shafts of light. That way the light was in the frame was a one-off, it was just that moment and then it all went away again. It was wild and felt spiritual in a way. It was a surreal moment.

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