When I saw this project by Timothy Eyrich I was blown away. I asked him if we could feature a sneak peek of this series ahead of his official publish and he gladly agreed. There are so many metaphors, and so many levels in which this project resonates with us. But to get too poetic would be to push past one of the main things that should be pointed out.
The project is called Resilience: “The oak fought the wind and was broken. The willow bent when it must and survived.”
Timothy is photographing ranchers out west, many of whom had ancestors that settled the land. Enticed by promises of fertile land and a fresh start they pushed west to start a new life. Some didn’t survive and most didn’t find the success that was promised. But a few survived and their offspring work the land to this day.
“I chose this series because of where I live. I live in the Panhandle of western Nebraska where the main profession is Ranching, Farming, or Railroading. Families tend to stay in the area for generations and people take their history very seriously, I wanted to put something together that tells the story of the life blood of this region, and honors the families that have been here since the homesteading days.”
I heard a story once about a man who was planting a fig tree late in his life. There was no chance of it producing fruit in his lifetime and he took great effort to care for it and help it grow. One day a friend came to question him. “Why do you worry about this fig tree? You will never enjoy it’s fruit.”
To which he replied.
“Because before I was even thought of, someone planted a fig tree for me.”
So rarely do we get to see the fruits of labor generations later. I am very grateful to these families and to Timothy Eyrich for reminding me that investing in our children, grandchildren and even our great grandchildren matters. Heritage matters. History and love, matter.
H.H. Boogie is all about preserving our stories but even more than that…
What story are you telling?
What legacy and heritage are you leaving behind? Are we planting fig trees for those we love?
Not just so that we will be remembered, but so that our children and grandchildren will know where they come from and eventually find who they are. And though preserving our story is important. We have to remember that we are also responsible to write it.
Thank you so much Timothy for sharing this project with us all and thank you for choosing H.H. Boogie to preserve it. We’re honored.
with love, Jeremy
This is only my take on this sneak peek of “Resilience”. To follow Timothy Eyrich and get the full story when it’s complete follow him here.
The product shown is the Unbound Album in Oil Rubbed Walnut.