South Dakota Central #103C, 1880s Town, Midland, South Dakota
I have an ongoing project called Fallen Flags. It's a document of streamlined locomotives scattered all over the country. This one found its home at 1880's Town near Murdo, South Dakota. I planned to arrive here late in the day -- to catch light on the nose. The day began early with photography across South Dakota of Railroad Landscapes -- grain silos, small towns, lone trees against the vast expanse of the Great Plains. As I began my final approach to photograph the locomotive, I encountered some nasty weather. Driving along I-90 the sky darkened dramatically and everything was near pitch-black as rain came down in buckets and traffic on the interstate slowed. I was resigned to my fate of not getting what I planned. As I got nearer to my destination, the sky was still very dark and rain continued to fall. I began working with the medium format camera and suddenly the sky began to break apart in the west, where the sun was falling. I saw an opportunity and as the rain stopped I grabbed my 8x10 camera and placed it in-front of the locomotive. I shot one sheet of film out of fear, having traveled this far from New York I didn't want to leave here without something -- even if it's not perfect. So I waited longer but time, and light, was running out.. After praying to St. Ansel and the Gods of Photography, the sky cleared and this is what unfolded in front of me. The sculptural quality of these locomotives in context of their surroundings is what interests me.
Burlington Route #9913, Miami, Florida
The Motive Power project is a type study of streamlined locomotives carrying markings of historic American railroads.
Drive-in, near Eden, Alabama
This picture from the National Character project depicts a large arrow pointing into the frame, for what might have been a drive-in theater. Stormy clouds move overhead and a cinder block base sits below the sign.
Dan, Wyalusing, Pennsylvania
I met Dan at this overlook along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. In the background are former fracking sites. Dan related several stories of how the fracking industry has impacted him. He comes up here to practice.
Port of Superior, Wisconsin
SS American Victory, formerly the Middletown, is one of the oldest and most historic ships on the Great Lakes. The ship saw duty during World War II on both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean as a tanker, where she's credited with shooting down an enemy airplane. She was also hit by a Japanese bomber. In 1975, American Victory's sister ship, the Edmund Fitzgerald was lost in Lake Superior with all her 29 crew.
West of Chamberlain, Oacoma, South Dakota
The Milwaukee Road's Mitchell to Rapid City, South Dakota line was given up after the railroad went bankrupt in the 1980s. The tracks remain and the elevated viewpoint stretches our view westward toward the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Star of the West Milling, Lingoniere, Indiana
Structures serving the agriculture industry surround the railroad in this view from the Railroad Landscapes project.
Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes Seashore
Mother and daughter look toward Lake Michigan along the Indiana Dunes National Seashore. The National Character series is a geographically broad rendering of the United States.
Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida
This is the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Included here are propeller and jet powered military aircraft spanning the 20th century.
Steel Mill and Houses, Lackawanna, New York
The large building in the background was once part of Bethlehem Steel, a major employer in this rust-belt region of the United States. Steel mills closed rapidly during the 1970s and 80s. The building burned to the ground in 2016.
Highway Arbor, Treasure Island, Florida
The Highway Arbor project depicts trees dwelling along roadways.