…much pleased at having arrived at this long wished for spot…
On April 26, 1805, Meriwether Lewis wrote this statement at the gateway to Montana, standing before the conjoining of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. The scenery drove them to drink, and then to start singing and laughing and playing music. We think that makes sense. Over 200 years later, we are still pleased with this extraordinary country, but perhaps our adventures feel somehow mysteriously diluted since they arrived.
The Lost in Montana Coffee Table Photography Book is a celebration of the Big Sky State, inspired by those original adventurers and explorers of Montana, and those who continue to enjoy and endeavor to get lost, discovering new, beautiful locales. The photography in the Lost in Montana book was hand picked by professional designers, photographers, and Montana natives. The photography highlights the serene, powerful, colorful, and grandiose wilderness, ranging from well-known national parks to secluded and mysterious locations that aren’t as prominent. You’ll see little or no human influence on these landscapes – this is a book about the nowheres, the forgotten or undiscovered, and the untouched. We want you to feel like you’re viewing these beautiful vistas with fresh eyes and a sense of wonder.
What also separates Lost in Montana from other photography coffee table books is the website you’re reading right now. Most photography books are picked from a shelf, browsed and enjoyed for a period of time, then relegated back to a shelf to collect dust. We want the experience to be more than that. To do so, we’ve built a portal that exists to extend your adventures online – by offering more information and the ability to share your own story about the photos and locations you love. Find the photos from the book, learn where they were taken and by whom. Share a story about the places you’ve visited, read other’s stories and be inspired, and plan a trip to create your own memories.
It’s a noisy world.
As we collected photographs of Montana, we mulled long over the spectrum of our state locked within the old photos of her storied past. Over two centuries ago, Meriwether Lewis was one of the few that spent enough time to see the grandeur and diversity of our state. He sat long enough to see a sunset pass from turquoise to golden yellow to deep red ember to lavender to blackness. He watched the night lit afire with more stars than we will ever see. He gazed on herds of animals roaming vast plains. As massive trout rose above the water’s surface, he observed eagles cast their wings down from the heavens and catch them. He grasped a horizon unencumbered by cityscapes. He scanned riverbeds not yet trifled with, mountains without trails trodden, snow fields without a single footprint. Somehow we wanted to see all this again with his eyes through the lens of this book. There are still parts of this state like that out there.