As the 2016 elections brought our country’s social and economic divides into the national conversation, photographer Garrett Grove, 38, found himself driving back and forth between eastern Washington and British Columbia for work. Grove is a career outdoor-adventure photographer whose shots of skiers, cyclists, and other athletes have appeared in many magazines, including this one. But on these drives, he started noticing a new kind of subject around him. He began pulling over to take photos of the rolling hills of the Palouse region and the commercial apple orchards around Wenatchee, and he spent time welding his camera in farming and factory towns. He wanted to highlight the industries, people, and places that seemed like they were being left behind.
Grove recently collected photographs from his rural project in the Northwest to create the book Errors of Possession. He characterizes it as a visual representation of the region’s landscapes, livelihoods, and connections to the American dream. “I was enamored with what’s happening in America,” Grove says, “because it seems so transitional. It feels like there’s a lot of displacement, and it’s a weird time economically.”
Photo: Here, farmers and scientists gather in the Palouse, near the Washington-Idaho border, to discuss the coming year’s crops.