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Both sons of the Pacific Northwest in good standing, Beaverton-based footwear tycoon Phil Knight (pictured, right) and rural Idaho horse logger Hari Heath (pictured, left, with son) are about as opposite as can be, flip sides of a global economy that the former helped build and which the latter has somehow managed to avoid almost entirely. Phil Knight, as many know, counts among the first entrepreneurs of his generation to truly grasp the economic geography of the Pacific Rim, and subsequently to link his company's fortunes with the cheap labor and brand-hungry markets of Southeast Asia. Hari Heath, on the other hand, makes his living with a horse and chain saw, hauling scrap timber out of the forests surrounding his home to sell at a nearby pulp mill. At a time when corporate America's fetish for the "global" has reached an all-time high, these portraits of isolated men reveal the persistent contradictions of the regional economies we still call home, illuminating differences between neighbors that no amount of telecommuting or hot-linking will ever likely bridge.
Photographs = Robbie McClaren