Time Magazine's LightBox Runs Happy Valley Series. LightBox Time Magazine's photo blog, runs Happy Valley, a personal portrait series on my family blog
Time Magazine’s LightBox Runs Happy Valley Series. LightBox Time Magazine’s photo blog, runs Happy Valley, a personal portrait series on my family blog

Almost a decade in the making, and still going strong. Check it out on Time’s website here.

From the feature, written by Nicholas McClelland:

“It’s beyond cliché to say, “You can never go home again.” For the last 10 years, photographer Brian Shumway has been doing his best to turn this time-honored adage on its head, returning to his native Utah, a place known as “Happy Valley” to create a visual and emotional exploration of his own childhood and adolescence by photographing his siblings and their children.

Happy Valley is a nickname given by residents to Utah Valley in the Wasatch Mountains, a large area south of Salt Lake City that includes Orem and Provo. Nearly 600,000 people live in the valley, more than 80 percent of whom belong to the Latter-Day Saints Church (also know as Mormon), making it one of the most homogeneous communities in the United States.

Like the vast majority of residents of Happy Valley, Shumway’s family belongs to the LDS Church, a religion the photographer practiced early in life. But after high school, Shumway struck out on his own. He attended the University of Utah, before briefly studying photography at the Academy of Art San Francisco, and relocating to New York City shortly after to build his career as a portraitist and documentarian.”