Deserted streets with beer cans blowing down the road…a cowboy washing his shirts…a train on its way into a million acres of emptiness…a Vietnam vet who lost twenty years of recent memory…a whole town for sale…meth warnings…a tattooed waitress in neon light. All of these inhabit the Last Best Hiding Place.
Places, like people can seem alone, filled with melancholy.
Last Best Hiding Place (2007-2014) is Richmond’s personal and contemporary odyssey through a landscape of filmic references in the American West, revealing stories revealed true or imagined.
The evidence of the American dream is there, but dust covered, closed and un- cherished.
“Published by German publisher Kehrer, Photography Feature – Tim Richmond‘s ‘Last Best Hiding place’, titled for a Montanan slang for living under the radar, is a seven year long-term project, recently put into a book, exploring longstanding myth of the American west. Filled with powerful portraits of local residents, Richmond’s fascination for American west began while growing up with cowboy movies on TV. Documenting life in small towns like Miles City,Montana; Deadwood, South Dakota; and Eureka, Utah, Richmond presents a very honest and beautifully observed view of rural America.” – Manik Katyal