Into A Battered Pontiac explores Woody Guthrie's journey along the Columbia River through each of the songs he wrote during his time spent traveling the river, drawing pictures in my mind of his experience.

Guthrie left New York in 1941 restless, frustrated with the radio and entertainment industry and disgusted with censorship over his music. He packed his wife and three children into a battered Pontiac and headed for Portland, Oregon where the Bonneville Power Administration sought to commission Guthrie to write 26 songs about the Columbia River and the building of the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete structure built by man.

"I pulled my shoes on and walked out of every one of these Pacific Northwest Mountain towns drawing pictures in my mind," Guthrie wrote at the beginning of "The Columbia River Songbook".

Like Guthrie, I too left New York restless and frustrated and found myself back where I started, along the Columbia River in a small mountain town. I began taking long walks with my camera while listening to Guthrie's songs about the Columbia. Those walks turned into even longer walks and eventually long drives where I would specifically seek out striking quotes from Guthrie's work, trying to transform the picture in Guthrie's mind into a photograph of my own. Having grown up in a town that is split into half by the Columbia River, I hold the river itself and the communities along it close to my heart. I wander the orchards of Eastern Washington and the endless greenery of the Columbia River Gorge. I'm hot in the desert by day and cold in the mountains by night. I travel the river in search of my own Columbia River Collection. My own 26 songs in the form of photographs that represent my ode to the place that has shaped me, my love song to North America's most powerful river.