This limited-edition photograph, by 2013 Aperture Portfolio Prize winner Bryan Schutmaat, is from his series Grays the Mountain Sends. The series describes mining sites and small mountain towns, as well as the people who built them, work in them, and sometimes seek to escape them. Ram Under Plexiglas, Milltown, Montana (2012) symbolizes the complex relationships between nature and culture, man and beast, and wild and tame that are fostered in such western American landscapes. In this image, as with the series as a whole, Schutmaat’s carefully controlled palette and rigorous composition speak to the tensions the photographs represent.
Bryan Schutmaat was born in 1983 in Houston, where he later completed a BA in history at the University of Houston. He also received an MFA in photography from the Hartford Art School in Connecticut. Schutmaat’s photographs have been exhibited in such venues as the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University; Houston Center for Photography; Photo Center Northwest; and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, among many others. His work has been published in American Photo, PDN, Hotshoe International, VICE, The Sunday Times Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine, CNN, and elsewhere. In 2013, he won first place in Center's Gallerist Choice Awards as well as the grand prize in the Daylight Photo Awards, and he was named a Flash Forward Emerging Photographer by the Magenta Foundation.