Plainsky Nebraskans

The PlainSky, Nebraskans Show: The Complete Works No. 19

High Plains Trains: PlainSky Nebraskans No. 19, 24" x 16" on Red River Arctic Polar Pearl Metallic 300 gsm

High Plains Trains: PlainSky Nebraskans No. 19, 24″ x 16″ on Red River Arctic Polar Pearl Metallic 300 gsm

The showcase image for PlainSky, Nebraskans, “High Plains Train” could never be shot again, since in all my years, I’ve never seen a storm that looked the same over the winter Nebraska Sandhills.

 

The PlainSky, Nebraskans Show: The Complete Works No. 18

Fog and Full Moon: PlainSky, Nebraskans No. 18, 18" x 12" giclée on Canson Velin Rag

Fog and Full Moon: PlainSky, Nebraskans No. 18, 18″ x 12″ giclée on Canson Velin Rag

Occasionally, the natural world really is most incredible. A 30-second exposure with a low full moon as fog begins to rise from the Nebraska Sandhills. January, 2013.

The PlainSky, Nebraskans Show: The Complete Works No. 17

Fire Hall Cowboy: PlainSky Nebraskans No. 17

Fire Hall Cowboy: PlainSky Nebraskans No. 17

I’m teaching Photography II this semester, and a central element in any art photography course is criticism. That doesn’t mean “criticize,” but rather “examine and discuss.” This image invites myriad possibilities for that end.

The cowboy stands by a large “F”. Meaning? What of his Pepsi cup with a straw? His jewelry? Belt buckle and plaid? What does his look tell us? Why did I chose the tonalities I did for the print?

It is for these reasons I find this to be one of my favorite images in the PlainSky show; it’s a complicated portrait that involves a complex set of juxtapositions and ideas. Enjoy.

The PlainSky, Nebraskans Show: The Complete Works No. 15

Embroidery Cottons: PlainSky Nebraskans No. 15

Embroidery Cottons: PlainSky Nebraskans No. 15

One of the showcase images in the PlainSky, Nebraskans gallery, “Embroidery Cottons, Sioux County” (like nearly all my images) is a metaphor that has led many to speculate on its possible meanings. But like most artists, I leave the answer a secret, and the audience is left to ponder.

The PlainSky, Nebraskans Show: The Complete Works No. 13

Desolation Gate: PlainSky Nebraskans No. 13, 24" x 16" on Red River Arctic Polar Luster

Desolation Gate: PlainSky Nebraskans No. 13, 24″ x 16″ on Red River Arctic Polar Luster

Another of the more eerie images in the PlainSky show, Desolation Gate is (among other things) a statement of foreboding and loss as it sits on the doorstep of northwest Nebraska.

The PlainSky, Nebraskans Show: The Complete Works No. 12

Death on the Plains: Plainsky Nebraskans No. 12

Death on the Plains: Plainsky Nebraskans No. 12, 24″ x 16″ on Red River Arctic Polar Luster Paper

My daughter and I found this cow’s skeleton at evening, glaring white in the light of the setting sun. Sheltered in a draw with the last clouds of a passing storm front as a backdrop, I had only two minutes to compose, evaluate and create the image, and I left feeling as though Ansel Adams’ ghost had been sitting on my shoulder helping the process.

The PlainSky, Nebraskans Show: The Complete Works No. 10

Cowboy Trim

Cowboy Trim: PlainSky, Nebraskans No. 10 on Canson Infinity Arches Museum Velin Rag, 12″ x 18″, edition of 15

While a group of students I was hosting ate lunch in a nearby tavern, I went to make images (unsurprisingly). Finding a throwback barbershop, I asked the owner if I could shoot for a time as he gave this cowboy a haircut, who seemed tickled at the prospect of becoming the center of attention for a few moments.