Thursday, January 13, 2011
From the Archive - Pine Ridge
I first went to Pine Ridge over six years ago and will never stop going back. The people there are some of the most welcoming people with some of the most heartbreaking stories I have ever heard. Last year I was fortunate enough to spend several days on the reservation for The New York Times. It was my fourth trip to the reservation and the relationships that were cultivated there have developed into friendships. This image came about after a long day of walking around the reservation with my friends Rich and his younger brother. The two went back to their house to meet friends and suddenly their friend Leston Moran shows me his scars. He tried to kill himself when he was in prison because he couldn't attend his grandmother's funeral services. The image was easy to take, but reminds me of the importance of listening and being open to situations of all types when working closely with people on a long term project. I look forward to going back in a couple of months and continue to build friendships and tell the stories of the Lakota. Thanks to everyone who has let me into their lives out on the reservation.