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Puzzling pictures: Fort Benton photographer pieces together Montana landmarks

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A deputy sheriff in Chouteau County is using the majesty of Montana to put the pieces together for his successful business.

Eric Visocan is the owner of Burnt Image Photography and he found his love for photography on a family trip to Glacier in 2009. 

A few years later, when the Raynesford native got serious about photography, his passion for taking pictures took a puzzling turn.

"I really need to find a way to diversify myself and do something different than everybody else is doing,” Visocan said. “So that's kind of when I came up with the idea of jigsaw puzzles."

His creative eye has captured everything from farm tractors to the Treasure State's most iconic landmarks, unforgettable images that run the gamut.

"I've put hundreds and hundreds of different images on puzzles,” Visocan said. “They go from tractors to old barns, old schoolhouses, old bridges. The bridge we're on right now is one my top selling shots."

When it comes to getting a great shot, Eric said the right light makes all the difference.

"Every image that you see on a puzzle or that's I sell you'll notice its usually set right at sunrise or sunset," Visocan said.

He said it also takes patience and perseverance. One of his most memorable shots came one morning while camping after a windy night in the Hidden Lake area of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

"I set up a tent and wind was blowing about 70 or 80 miles an hour,” Visocan said. “I mean I woke up and my tent was destroyed. Morning came and the sky was just full of like fire, that's the only way I can describe it, it looked like fire in the sky. I got out of my tent, looked into the mountains and they were just covered in pink. I mean it was just the most fantastic morning, but you really had to suffer to get the shot."

He mostly markets the finished product on his website or trade shows. Often times, his images hit home.

"So many people come up with a story about how their grandfather worked on that particular building or something," Visocan said. “They have some emotional connection to that piece."

He leaves his customers with a 504 piece memory of Montana and also a story.

"A real good friend of mine is a glass blower and his best piece of advice was if you can sell the  story, you can sell the art," Visocan said.

Eric’s Montana jigsaw puzzles are manufactured overseas. Right now, the puzzles are available at stores in Helena and Fort Benton and online.

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