The vital connection between landscape and the people who rely on it to sustain livelihood is a central theme in Lucas Foglia’s exceptional series, Frontcountry. Raised on a farm in upstate New York, the photographer’s earliest childhood memories are of playing cowboy. Foglia envisioned capturing that cherished image of the cowboy when he began this series.

Making his way through sparsely settled areas of the American West from 2006 to 2013, he photographed the people who reside in this stretch of land and the wide-ranging effects mining booms have had on their lives. The images in Frontcountry were taken in Montana, Nevada, Texas, Wyoming, Idaho and New Mexico. Foglia shared reflections on his experiences and feelings while working on Frontcountry. —Austin McManus


Originally published in the February, 2016 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine, available here.