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Jasper to Glacier by Bike

A service station near the Montana border

“When my traveling companion, Carter Walker, and I arrived at this gas station on the edge of Montana, we had very specific instructions: Find the girls who gave Charlie and Robin a ride over the border.

“I ran around asking every woman at the station, ‘Did you give two guys on bikes a ride across the border?’ No luck (and not surprising).

“However, when I described Charlie's blond hair and sunburned face to the girl [at left in the photo] and her grandmother who were running gas station, they talked about seeing Charlie and Robin. Strangers aren't quickly forgotten in a small town like this.”

—Photographer Anne Sherwood

Photography Notes

  • Film: Fuji Velvia
  • Camera: Nikon F100
  • Lens: Nikon 24mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/500
  • Aperture: F/5.6
  • Time of day: afternoon

“I wanted this photo to be layered—the woman, the whipping flags, the A-frame station, the clouds. This was the only establishment for 20 miles [32 kilometers], so people tended to stop and rest a while before heading on.

“I wanted to show that transient quality, so I waited for different people to pass in an out of the picture. At the same time, the family ownership of the station is a constant, which is why I wanted the daughter to be a prominent in the shot.”


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