In the American West, vast areas of remote, arid terrain were historically disregarded by early settlers and described as “the lands nobody wanted.” In the Upper Snake River Valley of Eastern Idaho, parts of these sagebrush desert expanses—now overseen by the Federal Bureau of Land Management—are regularly used by local gun owners for target shooting.

My work is an examination of this culture and tradition, which is rooted in the concept of rugged individualism, the myth of the frontier, and a strict championing of the Second Amendment. Through the documentation of landscapes, artifacts, and individuals, I consider the social, political, and ecological issues that intersect and complicate this once undesirable frontier.

—Daniel George

Editors’ Note: This project was recognized by the jury of the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016—don’t miss the work from all 50 of these outstanding, international talents!

If you enjoyed this project, you might like one of these previous features: Shot, contemporary tintypes that comment on American gun culture; Shoot Cameras, Not Guns, raw photographs from the streets of New York’s Harlem neighborhood; and In Almost Every Picture #7, one woman is featured in a lifetime of portraits—from ages 16 to 88—at a shooting range.