For my portfolio project, I intend to continue the emulation work of David Plowden that I began in Photo 2. I felt the series of photographs I captured for the emulation assignment were very successful technically and very rewarding personally. The black & white photographs of grain elevators, trains, and run down shops, while carefully excluding any time period specific objects like cars, have a timeless feel that I personally enjoy. Additionally, I am partially motivated by my own desire to continue decorating my home with framed black & white prints of this common theme. David Plowden felt that these scenes of rural America were rapidly disappearing in the late 20th century. Ironically though, I’ve discovered that the heartland hasn’t changed much since then. I’d still like to visit the same towns David Plowden visited, and see if the same rural shops still exist. In summary, I am choosing this subject because of my own personal fascinations with both rural photography and the impossibility of pinpointing a specific time when the photos were taken.
To accomplish this project, I’ll need to continue discovering rural towns to visit. I’ll also need to research where existing railroad lines are, and preferably visit towns that are along still active railroad lines. Once I’ve got a list, I plan to drive to these towns and see if any scenes fit the compositions I’m looking for.0