While driving through the Nevada desert to a barbecue, Kate Owen came across an abandoned trailer bathed
in warm, lovely light. Owen was traveling with an old camera and a new friend whose long blond hair melded perfectly with the tableau of serene, dusty colors. "I'm more interested in the interactions between my subjects and the setting in which I place them than the actual individual," says Owen, perhaps explaining why her acquaintance is turned away from the camera.
A junior at Brown University, Owen has taken only two photography classes as an undergrad, one of them at the neighboring Rhode Island School of Design. That hasn't stopped her from shooting pictures constantly. This image is part of a larger, ongoing series about cowboys, but its sophisticated feeling suggests Owen will do well in her aspiration to be a fashion photographer. -Lindsay Sakraida