Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana’s Paradise Valley… And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

Many, if not all, of us are prone to nostalgic longing for a seemingly more pleasant (or at least more romantic) past, for a more exotic world. Of course, in reality our perception of the past has little in common with the past itself, but then, why let reality ruin a perfect dream?

Anyway, photographer Jason Lindsey┬áis giving us another taste of this nostalgic feeling with his breathtaking images exploring rural life in Montana’s Paradise Valley — a small community just north of Yellowstone National Park.

Mr. Lindsey’s fascinating photos have captured the life of the farmers and ranchers making a living in Paradise valley and the mountains surrounding it and the images are simply astonishing. He told Wonderful Machine:

I was reminded of what a great thing it is to do something you are passionate about. The ranchers I photographed are all so passionate about the life they live. It’s very nice to be around passionate people.

It was a true pleasure meeting all these amazing people that let me into their lives for a few minutes to a few hours.

As a photographer and director, I use this experience to tell honest, inviting stories. I create the backdrop for the story and then I provide the simple direction that lets that story unfold, capturing real moments and emotions that pull viewers into the shot.

He’s done a marvelous job at it…

1. A rancher takes a drag on a cigarette with the rolling Montana landscape behind him.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

2. The sun streams across a corral as a wrangler leads his horse towards a barn.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

3. A rusting Montana license plate, that shows the outline of the state, is nailed to a wall.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

4. Rows of stirrups hang against the wooden side of a Montana barn.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

5. Horses gallop towards Jason Lindsey’s camera as the photographer captures the wild beauty of Montana.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

6. The piercing blue eyes of a cowboy stand out in this portrait taken by Lindsey.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

7. Lindsey was captivated by the people living in Montana’s Paradise Valley.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

8. Lindsey says his affection for ‘salt of the earth’ people comes from growing up in a small farm town.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

9. A Montana rancher, pitchfork in hand, takes a break from his work.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

10. Two wranglers gallop across a ridge under Montana’s famed big sky.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

11. A working dog looks poised and alert as it watches the world pass by on the farm.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

12. Lindsey’s portraits capture rural life in Paradise Valley.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

13. A rancher drinks from a shot glass as he takes a rest from a long day on the farm.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

14. A resident of Paradise Valley smiles broadly as Lindsey takes his photograph.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

15. A cowboy saddles up his horse in the low light of the Montana sky.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

16. The sun warms the back of a row of horses as they stand in a corral.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

17. The warm glow of lights shine in a cabin as snow settles on a tree-covered mountain.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

18. An animal skull and horse shoes hang on the outside of a farm building in Paradise Valley.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

19. The tools of a cowboy’s trade hang from horse-shoe shaped hooks on a rustic wall.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

20. Lindsey’s photos capture the beauty and soft light of Montana’s rural regions.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

21. License plates from Montana, Colorado and Arizona adorn a wall.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

22. A horse grazes in a meadow as a blizzard whips around it.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

23. A rancher with a snow-white mustache smiles while leaning against a wall.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

24. A holly wreath hangs on the door of a barn sat next to a winding mountain road.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

25. Two women sit on their horses as the long grass of Montana’s plains waves in the breeze.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

26. Lindsey has produced a series of compelling portraits of those living in Montana’s valleys.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

27. Lindsey photography.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

28. A horse gazes peacefully into the distance from its Montana meadow.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

29. Ranch hands hold their horses on a rain-soaked driveway.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

30. Antlers fixed to the outside of a building are dusted with snow as a flurry falls on Paradise Valley.

Time Seems To Have Stopped In Montana's Paradise Valley... And I Am Hugely Thankful For It.

Source: Wonderful Machine.

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