From the Rural Impressions Show: Machine Shed, Kansas

Machine Shed, Kansas

Machine Shed, Kansas

The Rural Impressions show opens this Friday at the Graham Gallery in Hastings, with a public reception from 6-9 pm on Saturday. Featuring 40 images from different series of work over the last five years that examine the complex relationships between the rural West and the land itself, including the image above, the show is meant to inspire viewers to contemplate the myriad forces at work in the rural Great Plains and American West.


    1. So do I, pal. So do I. Who will I have to collaborate with on when coming up with new tongue-in-cheek jabs for our other friend?

    1. Thanks! Long ago I read how the famed photographer David Plowden had grown accustomed to the strange sensation that he found beauty in the mundane and the everyday, that fabric of the forgettable moments of many others’ lives as they plod on, unseeing. It resonated so strongly with me that my images were forever altered, and I’m so glad you, too, see the poetry in the discarded!



      1. Reading your reply I just googled David Plowden and found this quote of his: ‘Since the beginning, Americans have raced toward the horizon: building, rebuilding, and discarding. All across America we have left abandoned, like carcasses after the feast, that which only yesterday was state-of-the-art invention.’ Thanks for the mention of David Plowden – that quote sums up so well a lot of what I see documented, and love, within the work of many American photographers.

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