So I have a new job. And I’m still doing my old job. And freelance work. I am so exhausted. So I’m just going to give you a pretty picture to look at:

#58 Shepherd with his horse and dog on Gravelly Range Madison County, Montana, August 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

And then I’ll say you should go check out the rest of the set, a series of rare color photos taken by government employees in the late 1930s and early 1940s. They’re fascinating and well worth the time. And I’ll let you imagine I said something insightful and deep about how we respond to images, how the addition of color changes our perspective. These photos seem considerably less historic than what we would expect from pictures of this era; they feel closer to us because we are not expecting color in this context. Now take this and talk amongst yourselves.