SHADOWLAND

Intro and photos by Alistair Henning

Close to Thorsby in rural Alberta, Canada, a farmer has constructed Shadowland — a recreation of a frontier town of universal location and indeterminate time, populated by black wooden townsfolk and livestock.

Is Shadowland the epitome of an inaccessible Alberta past, or the substantiation of our projected collective pioneer experience?

Either way, real shadows — impersistence of memory; neglect — continue to cast a veil over the true history of local origins.

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VERSATILE

Intro and photos by Alistair Henning

Generations of farmers have passed since the land around Thorsby, Alberta was first cleared in the first decades of the last century.

But the tools these farmers used for working the land have turned over — if not as frequently as the soil, certainly much more frequently than the farmers themselves.

If you're curious, gravestones clearly mark where our fore-farmers have returned to the soil.

But where do the machines of agriculture go when they die?

VERSATILE explores what happens to these specialized instruments of production when their usefulness runs out.

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