and in the Boundary Waters

In the summer of 2008, I volunteered for the United States Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which is commonly referred to by the acronym BWCAW. Myself and another ranger would fell rotten trees, repair campsites, clear brush and travel across the thousands of lakes checking permits by canoe. Our schedule was eight days on, six days off. Electrical equipment of any kind was forbidden, and all our work was done with hand saws, axes and shovels. The images in this series were taken with a small pack-sized 35mm plastic camera supplied by the Forest Service in the 1980’s. I found one sitting in a dusty box in the equipment room, and it lent itself perfectly to the throwback environment we toiled in.