From January 1st to March 17th of 2018, I dedicated nearly every moment outside of my day job to photographing the Rattlesnake Wilderness under the auspices of winter. From extended weekend trips to 12+ hour day-trips, I became obsessed with chasing light in Missoula's Wilderness. The bubbling torrent of Rattlesnake Creek at Franklin Bridge - my usual base camp - became a familiar white noise, portending the next day's photography mission high into its watershed.
The purpose of this project, more than scratching my own Wilderness itch, was to highlight the splendor, peacefulness and sheer magnitude of a Wilderness Area that nearly literally lies in Missoula’s backyard. How blessed we area to have unfettered access to such a wild and life-giving space. Click here to view the short film about the project.
© Brian Christianson Photography