Each and every year, some of Western Montana’s best photographers load a fresh roll of film into their cameras, rearrange their schedules and come together to create the photographs that appear in the Independent’s annual “One Day in Missoula” issue.
Since 1996, we’ve published this issue annually in May, a date that has allowed dozens of amateurs and professionals to join students from the University and high schools as far away as Stevensville to participate.
This go-round, however, we moved the date to coincide with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s “Summer Intensive” program, a nationally renowned 11-week program designed to immerse more than 100 students into “photography as a way of life.”
In addition to pursuing photographic instruction, they’ve come to enjoy a Missoula summer with its excellent weather, meet our kind and attractive citizens, and surround themselves with the visually stunning scenery for which our valley is known. In other words, the same reasons the rest of us live here.
During the 24-hour period that was Wednesday, July 21, more than 20 shooters—some in the “Summer Intensive” program, others not—hit the streets, cameras in hand, looking for excellent light and interesting people. Some were up early, making images of the late-night crew glazing pastries at Bernice’s Bakery at 1:55 a.m., while others were shooting van-sliding skateboarders at 11:38 p.m. Many more took the opportunity to record Missoula’s famed summertime lunch scene, Out to Lunch in Caras Park.
Their work fills a large box in the Indy’s photo department, chock full of hundreds of dynamic and compelling shots. These photographs document Missoulians going about their lives, effectively capturing slices of the lives that makes Missoula a special place today and every day. A small fraction of their work is included on the following pages. —Chad Harder
From top to bottom:
5:00 a.m. • Ashleigh Ide
Airport workers at Johnson-Bell Field take a break while waiting for passengers to load during an early morning flight.
5:47 p.m. • Michael Haywood
Earth, wind, water: Jordan Condon takes the long way down to the Bitterroot River during a late-afternoon bridge-jumping session on the North Ave. Bridge.
6:15 a.m. • Stephanie Wolff
A member of the Missoula Aquatics Club swims laps during his 6 a.m. practice at McCormick Pool.
11:00 a.m. • John Connelly
More than 100 high school cheerleaders came to the University of Montana last week to participate in the week-long Universal Cheer Association cheerleading camp.
11:27 p.m. • Sarah Daisy Lindmark
Babylon Rhythm Band guitarist and Missoula institution Richie Reinholdt finishes a lick on his Fender Stratocaster during an early set at the Top Hat’s infamous “Wasted Wednesday” drink night.
1:30 p.m. • John Connelly
Taking a day off from fighting fires, Bennett Childs spends his time barefoot on the “slackline,” a tightrope-like span that improves balance and focus.
11:30 a.m. • Jessica Anderson
Another day, another trip around A Carousel For Missoula. The Garden City’s favorite low-dollar tourist attraction keeps another child occupied.
1:39 p.m. • Sarah Daisy Lindmark
Skateboarder Scot Yobest gets his mid-afternoon thirst satisfied by vendor Sean Wheeler as Out to Lunch wraps up.
1:11 p.m. • Sarah Daisy Lindmark
Billy Hopkins displays one of his 53 piercings by passing a drinking straw through the hole in his nose. A volunteer at the Missoula Food Bank, Hopkins picks up unused leftover food from the Out to Lunchand brings it back to the Food Bank.
8:30 am. • John Connelly
A full-time cook at Ruby’s Café for 22 years, Audrey Morey checks the latest ticket on the carousel during the late breakfast rush.
12:30 p.m. • Bob McGowan
As part of her training to become certified as a parachute packer, smokejumper Sarah Altemus works quickly to pack the requisite 20 parachutes at Missoula’s Smokejumper Center.
9:55 p.m. • Michael Haywood
The renovated Wilma Theatre lights up the night, as seen from the Higgins Ave. bridge.
11:38 p.m. • Andrew Kemmis
Taking advantage of the smooth pavement in a vacant parking lot in the South Hills, skateboarder Matt Boland uses a quarter pipe to go “boneless” off a friend’s van.
9:30 a.m. • Sara Webster
Joe Krammerer prepares a wheel for balancing at Tire-Rama.
8:20 p.m. • Michael Haywood
One of Missoula’s most popular walking paths, the Southside River Trail sees hikers, cyclists and dog walkers at all hours of the day.
10:44 p.m. • Sarah Daisy Lindmark
Joe Haggard (left) works with Wyatt Wilson to improve the heating and cooling system at the Missoula Food Bank. The building is being renovated, and will soon have a new roof.
8:45 p.m. • Michael Haywood
Boaters take advantage of the long, hot days of summer with an evening float on the Clark Fork through downtown Missoula.
12:14 p.m. • Sarah Daisy Lindmark
Taking a break from Out to Lunch, brothers Simon and Liam McMahon roll around in the grass in Caras Park.
3:37 a.m. • Margaret Dooley
A downtown institution for more than 100 years, The Oxford has not locked its doors in the past century. Here, a self-described “friendly” game of poker gets underway.
5:30 p.m. • Courtney Licht
Altered Skin tattoo artist “Ms. B.,” also known as Chris Belville, pricks a sunflower into the ankle skin of photographer Courtney Licht.