"It’s really about the relationship between the human heart and the landscape. It’s something that we all know is there; it’s not necessarily the same for all of us. We don’t have any scientific omiter yet to really measure what that is or how strong it is here versus there, or why it happens here and not there" -J.D. Wulfhorst, Moscow, Idaho

What is Western Perspective?

The Western Perspective Project is about sense of place. It's a journey into what makes people of a certain geography tick.

There are different ways to measure the West. In rainfall, it is arid, in topography dramatic. On a map, it is a cluster of large, rectangular states. Through the lens of explorer John Wesley Powell it was anywhere west of the 100th Meridian. Pulitzer-winning author Wallace Stegner poetically coined the West "the native home of hope."

All of these definitions are true, but perhaps the truest measure of a place is its people, and the people of the American West have distinct ideas about who they are.

The Western Perspective Project is an undertaking by writer and photographer Greg Stahl, who collected and compiled all of the project's images, essays and interviews. The goal is to try to put a finger on the pulse of a region that is equal parts distinct, dramatic and poorly understood.

To keep up with the latest, check Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and otherwise revisit this website to read about how the West  has shaped its people and how those people have shaped their land. Click here to view a gallery of more than 100 biographical images and quotes.