Elmo, Kansas – I’ve passed by this area for decades without knowing that the remains of a small town is hidden behind some trees. There are some homes and a nice church, though most signs of industry – the mill, garage, scale house – look long closed.

Photo notes: I’m experimenting with the feel of warm colors and softer tones in this one. The goal is to capture a bit of the character of one of my favorite painters without without getting schmaltzy, or losing too much of the essence of photography. Back in film days we could get subtle changes in feel by choosing a different brand or type of film. Ektachrome films had a bluish green tone, Kodachrome excelled in reds and bright colors, Fuji Velvia was used to get more saturated colors, and Agfachrome gave a warmer, more European pallet. There are other ways of achieving this now. Some color warmth appeals to me, and those tones seem an appropriate fit the the sort of stuff I do now. This is, of course, pure digital and uses some color wash processes in the editing.




  1. Alan

    Dave: What a compelling portfolio…congrats on your Prairie Dust project and concept. I've started a similar project here in Vermont. Are you working with local and state historical societies as a repository for your images in their archives? If not, please consider this…work like yours will be priceless 200 years from now as a documentation of life in America circa 2000. (As I hope mine will be as well.) Delighted to have 'discovered' you…thanks for your comments!

  2. karla

    This is wonderful, too. I love the clean rooflines against the clouds–but then I am partial to older buildings, in general.