In Fur Trappers, High Chaparral, Hillerstorp, Sweden
(2008) Harris photographs two red-faced, fur-clad Swedish men wielding guns and swords. The theme park where it was taken may have been inspired by the Arizona ranch-based television show “The High Chaparral
,” and indeed the men are dressed the part of furriers. The way the men look off into the distance with expressions of glazed-over indifference conveys an overall unsettling tone.
In another shot taken at the same site, Train Bandits, High Chaparral, Hillerstop, Sweden (2008), several people appear either injured or dead on a Western-themed set. A boy passing by train in the foreground wears a sheriff hat and is toting a toy gun—he seems oblivious to the deaths behind him. It’s as if two separate, truncated scenes—one real, one fictional—coexist within the same frame. The viewer is left with an impression of imminent danger and violence, but without the clarity of knowing the narrative arc behind this shot.