As I continue publishing the finished pieces from the upcoming PlainSky, Nebraskans show opening on March 1, it’s important to note how long this series has taken to create: four years. Because if one takes time to look, there is beautiful symmetry in our daily lives, and in Nebraska, it is punctuated by our weather, sky, and long horizon.
I’ll be honest. I’m shocked about the response to Bales and Storm: The photograph had laid ignored in a folder, and I skipped over it several times, saying, “Meh, it’s nothing anyone will find interesting.” Clearly, I should be “taken out back of the barn and shot.”
Yesterday, after raving about how much she liked the Bales and Storm black and white image, someone talked with me about whether or not I had the image in color; I said no, since my landscapes in the PlainSky, Nebraskans project have been exclusively black and white images. But, in the interest of discussion, I prepped a color version, and am posting the two images here for comparison. Tell me what you think.
The High Plains in late June: dramatic clouds, strong evening light, and the iconic Nebraska rolled bales in the fields. A photographer’s paradise, this.