Welcome to the beginning of dev week for #FP4Party #02! Being at the beginning-ish of a new #FP4Party can only mean one thing; a final look back to our first party in September 2016.
You’ll remember that we wrapped up the best of the week into a single post and asked for you to vote on your favorite from our shortlist of 14 images. Well the votes are in and it’s time to announce our winner, Craig Pindell!
Congratulations, Craig!
We asked Craig to put something together to tell us a little more about the image and were lucky enough that it was the latest in Craig’s Never Forget series – number 15 to be precise.
Here are Craig’s words:

Fallen Tree Rubble Pile

Happy Jack Road, Albany County Wyoming
Shot on:

  • 8×10 Ilford FP4+ Film
  • Kodak Master View Camera
  • 250mm lens
  • 3 Second Exposure at f/32
Craig Pindell - Never Forget - September 11th 2016
Craig Pindell – Never Forget – September 11th 2016
“I had seen this fallen pine tree the week before 9/11. I was not scouting for the 9/11 photograph for this year (I was actually on a motorcycle ride with Kate) but as soon as I saw this, I knew I would be back to photograph this pile of rubble on Sunday Morning.
The moment I saw the pile I thought of the rubble pile after the towers collapsed. At one time this had been a mighty pine tree, withstanding fierce winds, heavy snows and lightning storms. In the end this giant was murdered by the tiny pine beetle. The pipsqueak of the forest. A tiny insect that is devouring the pine forest across the west.
Very similar to the pipsqueak terrorist that attacked our county. Little bugs who attack innocent souls, and thrive on the turmoil they cause.
The rubble pile is evidence this mighty tree did not give up easily. The pile is next to the stump. This tree did not lay down, it stood as long as possible. And Like the Twin Towers, when it fell, it came straight down, ending in a tangled memorial to the years it was alive. This pile will not be hauled away, it is not destined to be divided up among countless museums.
This pile will go the way the terrorist ought to go. It will remain alone on the prairie, eventually succumbing to fire, or to decay, or possibly other organisms eating it away. Let’s all hope it outlasts the terrorist.
And most of all, let’s Never Forget what they have done to us and our country.”

Thanks again very much for contributing, Craig! We’re all looking forward to seeing the results of shoot week for #FP4Party #02. Remember, this week is dev week, so we’re looking to see images of your darkrooms and negatives over on Twitter!

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  1. This gripping description deserves the correct plural form of terrorist, which is “terrorists.” Despite years of George W. Bush’s inability to pronounce this persnickety plural, or for that matter “nuclear,” there should still be an “s” at the tail end to denote more than one pipsqueak terrorist.