Hwy 212 Bridge onto the Rez

In January 2012, my husband, professional photographer Richard Steinberger, and I formed Timberline Media LLC to handle a new direction in our creative lives: fine-art photography and independent book-publishing projects.

Our mission is a simple one: to capture familiar subjects in an unfamiliar way, revealing the beauty that often resides in the most unexpected places.

For our first project, we invited accomplished Evergreen, Colorado-based photographer Matt Normann to join us as a contributing photographer. Together, we are producing our first book, titled “Home: Cheyenne River.” The book will celebrate life on South Dakota’s remote 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, home to four bands of the Lakota Nation. Each of the images will be paired with a piece of creative writing from Cheyenne River youth.

We began work in late summer 2011, traveling to Cheyenne River many times to capture landscapes and portraits in all four seasons. Now that photography is complete, we’re finishing up the final editing of the kids’ writing submissions so we can begin to lay out the book’s pages.

It’s a massive project, one that has taken nearly two and a half years of our lives to date. And we’re in the home stretch: On Saturday, January 25, we unveiled the “Home: Cheyenne River” art exhibition at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, in conjunction with CRYP’s 25th anniversary celebration. The exhibition comprises 30 fine-art images, each paired with a piece of youth creative writing; it will remain at the youth project on East Lincoln Street, and CRYP encourages Cheyenne River residents and visitors to stop by and view the show. (A great tip: CRYP’s Keya Cafe just opened, so you can enjoy specialty coffees, breakfast and lunch while you’re in town!)

Now, a drum roll: Alongside the art exhibition, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund independent publication of the book. Please click here to learn more, and consider supporting “Home: Cheyenne River!” Every contribution helps, no matter the size. (Another tip: For a $60 donation, you’ll get a free copy of the book AND a free fine-art print!)

We’re eager to see this Kickstarter campaign through — and not only because this project is our baby. We want to take the opportunity to show our gratitude to the Cheyenne River community members for sharing their home with us, for always making us so welcome, and for opening our eyes in so many ways.

To learn more about “Home: Cheyenne River,” visit our project website and please join our Facebook community. We’re posting regular updates on the art exhibition and progress with the book!