Up to the mid-19th century, bison were as common as grass on the open prairies. Herds could stretch for miles, numbering in the millions. By 1880, a variety of factors had contributed to their demise, making them all but extinct. Those factors are worth examining today because history is easily repeated. So as to explore this idea, Jamie Gray acquired a bison skull and glued to it many thousands of squares of mirror, mimicking a disco ball. The purpose was to demonstrate that when things are “sugar-coated,” we tend to practice willful ignorance of the truth. Gray then took the skull out to the Canadian prairies to photograph it in pertinent, historic settings. This book is a photographic essay of a cautionary tale for our post-colonial world.
Shattered Dreams Published July 17, 2014