farming

Harvest in Black and White

Harvest in Black and White

Harvest in Black and White

Ehpem (over at burntembers blog) had some very nice things to say about the color version of this image that I posted a couple of days ago, but also noted that it “demanding conversion” to black and white. As I said in the ensuing conversation, it’s evidence that even when I’m shooting in color, I’m seeing in black and white.

Well noted, Ehpem.

Harvest, Adams County

Harvest, Kearney County

Harvest, Kearney County

I’ve been working on a commission for an agricultural services office, and one of the themes the owner wants is that of “Harvest.” I needed several months to carefully consider the meanings of the word, as well as the cultural connotations as they mate to landscapes.

The project has forced me to return to color work for a while, too, which is not something I’ve done with landscapes for some time. Here’s a contender for the piece.

PlainSky, Nebraskans: Disking, Keith County

Disking, Keith County

Disking, Keith County

Shot yesterday (March 20); one of the keystone shots for my upcoming show, “PlainSky, Nebraskans.” Tractor in field, power towers, variegated clouds and emerging, dark green winter wheat all conspired to pull this one together.

PlainSky, Nebraskans: Husker Boy, North Platte

Husker Boy, North Platte

Husker Boy, North Platte

Nebraska is a state divided between pronounced urban development in both Lincoln and Omaha, at the east end of the state, and extreme rural culture at the northwest corner, in Harrison. West of Highway 281 and north of Interstate 80 marks the least populated quadrant of the state per square mile, and North Platte serves as one of the major trading centers for the area, with its population of about 24,000, and location just north of Interstate 80; it is close to the center of the state that counts Nebraska football as its unifying force.

I found this young boy at a corn maze in North Platte on a late October afternoon; his classic Nebraska farm boy look, his Cornhuskers shirt, the light from the late sun bouncing from the corn beneath him, and his fleece-and-sequin cat ears all combined to make a memorable portrait of the glue that holds together the state that is Nebraska.