"Blackfeet Sentries" sculpture by Blackfeet artist Jay Polite Laber
A pair of sculpted metal warriors, by native artist Jay Polite Laber, greets visitors at each of the four entrances to the western Montana reservation. The sculptures also serve as testaments to the 1964 flood that wrecked havoc across much of the Blackfeet Nation.
Behind the lens.
I made this image in the middle of the night while waiting for the full moon to set at sunrise. I placed the moon at the first warrior's eyes, waited for a passing car to provide the red taillight stripes, and light-painted the sculptures with my flashlight. The never-ending wind blurred the flags over the 30-second exposure.
horse sculpturesJay Polite LaberBlackfeet NationMontanaJohn Ashley