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  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Who Will Take Responsibility?

    April 3, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    May 2012 The word “sacrament” comes to mind as Terry and I drive into Brenda and Richard Jorgenson’s Box J Ranch north of Tioga on a chilly spring afternoon. A sacrament is an outward sign of invisible, inward grace, and that’s how the Jorgensons see the landscape surrounding us now. They run 100 Black Angus... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Roses and Money: Beneficiaries of the Boom

    March 28, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    August 2012 It’s dawn, and I’m walking north on a dirt driveway toward the nearest road where I might find cell phone reception. Terry and I are in the Little Knife River Valley, about 30 minutes south of Stanley. Pheasants – flashes of brown and red – dart through grass wet with dew. Mist shimmers... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    The High Broken Ash — Part III

    February 28, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    June 2011 Cloud shadows move slowly across the green prairie behind Terry as she photographs Kevin Davis on the deck of his unfinished home on Ash Coulee Ranch. In his spare time after work, Kevin is building a 1,800 square foot house on a bluff overlooking the White Earth Valley. Occasionally his father or another... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Faces and Stories

    February 14, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    It has been a slow and sometimes frustrating process to figure out how to photograph this huge story of upheaval and contradictions on the North Dakota prairie. I have wanted my pictures to be more than reportage. I’ve wanted them to contain the poetry and drama of the layers of history, the expeditions of Lewis... View Post

  • Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Dakota is Everywhere

    February 7, 2013   |   By Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth

    November 2012 Fog blankets Williston this morning as wet snow falls. Through a dirty hotel window I can just make out heavy trucks traveling east and west, even in this weather, to service oil wells along Highway 2. The four lane strip ties together much of the Williston Basin, a 300,000 square mile depression that... View Post


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