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PlainSky, Nebraskans: Corral, Dawes County

Corral, Dawes County

Corral, Dawes County

“PlainSky, Nebraskans” as a project focuses on the interrelationships between people, industry, the landscape and the sky of western Nebraska, and when I found this corral, with its inverted Da Vinci triangle leading us to the horizon, power lines and ranch in the far distant hills, jet contrails dissipating overhead, I wheeled my truck around, parked in the ditch, and set up the shot.

There is a significant degree of meaning in this image, but much of it is subtle–another hallmark of the project. Why? I’m reminded of a biker I knew from another state, who said Nebraska was just somewhere to “get through.” “PlainSky, Nebraskans” is an artistic and documentary endeavor to force both residents and visitors to stop, look and contemplate.

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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: The Montrose Church

The Montrose Catholic Church

The Montrose Catholic Church

The Montrose Catholic Church has no heat and no plumbing, but it is a focal gathering point for many of the ranch families in the back country of Sioux County. Time passes slowly here, and the long exposure of this image shows how the lonely structure and tiny cemetery have been silent observers to the myriad changes in the attending and adapting ranching families of the area for over 140 years.