Photographer Jean Albus uses vintage dresses photographed near her small Montana town to "address the harsh grandeur and sweetness of the landscape." Jean is known for her self-portraits. Of these pieces, she says "It's like the dresses are a surrogate of myself trying to figure out what my place is in this landscape, how I feel about it, my emotional connection to it."
With these vintage dresses, Jean's photographs take me back to my childhood in Montana and some even earlier time--a time before I was born, but which I heard told so often from my grandmother that I feel I lived in it, too.
Keep scrolling down for a series of Jean's photographs.
Quoted text taken from "In the Breeze," by Erika Frederickson, Missoula Independent February 19-26, 2009. All photos posted with permission. If you click here you can get Jean's contact information as well as see more photos--and larger images of these. Like many local artists, Jean sells her work at reasonable prices.