The title of this series is “The Chinook Winds”, which refers to the winds that blow across the Lakota plains in South Dakota. This part of America fuses two civilizations – that of the Lakota people and the Eastern settlers enticed by the gold rush of the 1860s. I am interested in how their place in current society and their effect on the landscape can be seen by their individual marks of ownership. In a relatively short period of time, an uneasy coexistence between the two different cultures has been achieved. Within the work, I seek to suggest the restriction of one history and the promotion of another, as the causes and effects of integration, genealogy, migration, displacement, landscape, and landmarks are felt.
Simon Howell was born in 1972, just outside of Leeds, England, in a small village called Horbury. He graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BFA in Photography and moved to London, where he assisted photographers in the fashion and advertising fields. After working for the fine-art photographer Sam Taylor-Wood, he began to pursue a career in that direction. Approaching his own work from a more project-based structure, Simon exhibits and produces hand-made books. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.