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Back on the Road

Spent the last 18 hours with the very wonderful Meidell family photographing them, as well as a branding. Now, on the road to Whiteakers in Harrison for a shoot.

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PlainSky, Nebraskans: The Cut, Kreman Ranch

The Cut, Kreman Ranch

The Cut, Kreman Ranch

One of the most well-known National Geographic images is Sam Abell’s “Branding, Ken Rosman Ranch, Montana.” It’s so good that it recently made the magazine’s top 50 photos of all time, and photographic legend and Magnum full member Alex Webb has said of it, “This is what we’re all trying to do.” My style has been influenced immensely by this photo, as well as one of Abell’s other works, “Fisherman Hauling in a Net, Canada.” Yet, imitation is a fool’s hope of originality, so while I can continue to admire the image and learn from its teachings, I can’t, and shouldn’t, try to make another just like it.

But on a Saturday morning branding at the Kreman ranch, I found a chance to reverse the composition as much as possible. Thanks for the lessons, Mr. Abell.

PlainSky, Nebraskans: The Trim, Alliance

The Trim, Alliance

The Trim, Alliance

This photograph is evidence of my addiction: while everyone else was eating pizza, I went and wandered the streets of Alliance, Nebraska.

Coming upon this barber shop downtown, I leaned in the door and asked if I might take a few photographs. Little did the cowboy in the chair know those photos would be of him.

PlainSky, Nebraskans: Sumac, Hall County

Sumac, Hall County

Sumac, Hall County

Fall is a wonderful time in Nebraska: No, I’m not waxing poetically about Husker football, but about the fall colors. Autumn is dry here, chilly and clear, while the colors are vivid and the harvest dust luminescent; roadsides offer their own version of micro-scenery, as if the plants themselves are trying valiantly to contribute something to the already vibrant hues of the season.

PlainSky, Nebraskans Master Image 1: High Plains Train, Grant County

High Plains Train, Grant County

High Plains Train, Grant County

My next solo exhibition, “PlainSky, Nebraskans,” opens at the Minden Opera House Gallery on April 16, 2013, and will feature three 40-inch-wide panoramic images indicative of both the project as a whole, and the essence of western Nebraska. The above image, “High Plains Train, Grant County,” is one of them (I think). Continue reading