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.
No philosophy, no advice, no contemplation this time: I just liked making this image.
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.
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.
I love unguarded looks, and last Friday night at the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department feed, there were plenty to capture.
This is my second image from Carhenge, and by far my favorite.
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.
Ansel Adams was a staunch promoter of the axiom, “Expose for the shadows, print for the highlights.”
In Whitman, Nebraska, a lonely cemetery sits atop a hill overlooking town and the vast, rolling expanse of the treeless Sand Hills.
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