Ben Z Mund Photography

Lewis and Clark Rediscover Oregon


 Title: An exhibition, which is true in nature, in regards to the factual accounts of the legendary explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, as it relates to their actual Corps of Discovery and its recently uncovered dramatic conclusion, which mystifies all manner of accepted science but shall surely enthrall the general public on a whole: A photo exhibit. 

-William Clark

Lewis and Clark Explore Native Adornment                 

The year is 1804, one year after the Louisiana Purchase.  It’s the dawn of a new century and there is great land recently obtained in the west. On May 14th, two explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark ventured into that unknown*, in hopes of making it to the great Northwest. On their way, they made many incredible discoveries*, mapped to an amazing degree of accuracy, but before reaching the Pacific, something happened… a time vortex? The mulitverse? Too much psychotropic trail food? We may never know. 

These two explorers who eventually returned to President Jefferson were inexplicably different, changed from the men who left. Were they the same Lewis and Clark? This photo exhibit delves into and explores the true tales of Lewis and Clark - Finally we shed light on this journey these good friends experienced and how it took much more of a twist than they ever felt should be recorded to history books.  This is the true untold story of their recent appearance from the void of time and space, bent on documenting all of their encounters, as they finally, actually, survey the Northwest.

What follows are their real stories and findings…

 

*for white people


This project was initially conceived by Portland photographer Ben Z. Mund and ne’er do well/model Xander Almeida, aptly assisted by reenactor Alex Perez, as an homage to all things which make Portland, ORE still that uncharted, daunting and strange land it still is. Over the course of two and a half years, this ongoing project was finally completed in roughly the same amount of time it took Lewis and Clark to trek from Saint Louis to the Northwest, and back. Clearly, a feat equally as perilous as the journey the actual explorers took. Likely more so. 

This project was also greatly aided by the help of so many generous people. We would like to thank everyone who took part as characters and helped assist. Thank you so very much for all the help and laughs, the acting and ideas that your shared with us. 


Lewis and Clark Discover a Not So Sweet Surprise

Lewis and Clark Discover a Not So Sweet Surprise

Lewis and Clark go Bear Hunting                                  

Lewis and Clark Discover Native Dance                          

Lewis and Clark Go Elk Hunting                                           

Lewis and Clark Explore Native Transportation                

Lewis and Clark Get Homesick                                   

Lewis and Clark Discover Hipstoris Importantus

Lewis and Clark Discover Hipstoris Importantus

Lewis and Clark Resuply 

Lewis and Clark Resuply 

Lewis and Clark Miss the Inland Passage... Again. 

Lewis and Clark Miss the Inland Passage... Again.