The Atlantic has a great piece on legendary photographer Timothy O’Sullivan and some amazing pictures from America’s “Wild West.” The Pictures were taken about 150 years ago by O’Sullivan but their emotion and abrasiveness still stun to this day. This was America’s last great frontier….that was explored (for good and for bad). We’re still exploring the seas of this blue planet and we’re still somewhat (half-heartedly) poking at the heavens but the drive we once had, has all but faded away.
People used to abandon the little they had in life and head West. Lives were put on hold, families were told “goodbye” and groups of humans walked into the unknown, for a chance at something better…..something promised. First, it was the brave and the mad that took to the dirt roads – those that didn’t die, staked a path for others to follow. The rest is history and some of it, is very tragic history but it’s the brave and mad men we’re interested in. They had the courage and the drive and the vision and the audacity to venture into the dark. Where are our generations brave and mad?
Ann Lee Fisher – The First Mother In Space
Source: The Atlantic