Triptych & Panoramic  Gallery

 

One of our long term goals for this collection is to create a book that celebrates the history, beauty, creativity, whimsy and wonder of America. Through photographs from all 50 states and accompanying essays, we are working to present America in the very Best Light. As we add to our collection with this narrative in mind, we often feel that some images belong together. Presenting them in triptych form gives certain themes greater impact - and also provides little glimpses of the book we're building! 

 

State & City Triptychs

 

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The Beautiful & The Damned

This triptych honors four of Angela’s favorite writers. Tennessee Williams is buried in St. Louis - though he actually wanted to be buried at sea near the spot where a dear friend drowned after jumping from a ship. Edgar Allan Poe lived from 1809 - 1849, but the dates on this stone note the 26 years he lay in an unmarked grave at this location. In keeping with the morbidity of this life, he was eventually exhumed laid to rest beneath a grand monument at the front of the graveyard. Finally, there are the Fitzgeralds. The quote on their stone flawlessly describes the turbulent lives of all of these literary giants: "So we beat on, boats against   the current, borne ceaselessly into the past." 

Note: The dimensions on this piece are 10x20" matted and 12x22" framed. 

Development Of A Supercell

We’ve traveled down miles of dusty roads in search of storms. Along the way we’ve stumbled across interesting landscapes and cloud formations, but this was - without a doubt - our best day EVER. As this particular system took shape, we waited and watched and photographed its graceful evolution. Sometimes storms fizzle or fail to form interesting shapes, but this storm continued to grow more incredible. As we followed the storm, we made note of the passing time. Weeks later in the darkroom we discovered the lightening shot! Watching this storm develop was intense, but realizing we caught the bolt at the end of the road felt as electric as if we’d actually been struck by lightening. 

 

Note: Each image in this triptych is marked with the time the shot was taken and the following descriptions: 

     Frame One: Wall Cloud, 6:16 P.M.     *     Frame Two: Inflow Bands, 6:46 P.M.     *     Frame Three: Spiral Rotation, 7:14 P.M.

American Canopies

Nothing beckons visitors to wander and dream like sun-dappled paths beneath the branches of majestic old trees. This triptych features three of America’s most treasured canopies; a glorious stand of American Elms that lines Central Park’s historic promenade; a maple lane into Kentucky’s Claiborne Farm that has truly been the road to greatness for legendary horses like Seabiscuit and Secretariat; and Louisiana’s aptly named Oak Alley, with a canopy of live oaks that runs more than a quarter of a mile from the banks of the Mississippi to the sweeping veranda of the antebellum mansion. 

Millennium Oaks

Trees are inspiration soaring skyward. They captivate poets and storytellers, musicians and dancers, artists and architects. They stand before us solidly in the present with roots that touch the distant past. In our photographs, leaves become white and radiant inviting the eye to travel from strong arms with inviting little nooks to the delicate lacework of the uppermost branches. Our Millennium Oaks are the 600 year old Angel Oak of South Carolina; the Fairchild Oak in Florida, with branches that dip into and then re-emerge from the ground; and the Tree Of Life in New Orleans, which is the site of so many weddings that one almost always finds a carpet of rose petals beneath its grand canopy.  

Oak Alley Plantation

The Oak Alley Plantation is steeped in history and mystery; and even now, fantasy often rises above fact when telling tales about the Grande Dame of the Great River Road. Rumors of rambunctious young men racing their horses up the walk and across the marble- floored middle of the mansion are too delicious to dismiss. Whispers about the clip-clop of unseen horse- drawn carriages and the figure who haunts the lavender room drift along the pathways like strands of Spanish moss. We love that the ethereal nature of our technique presents Oak Alley as an otherworldly place where you can wander through history and lose yourself in daydreams.

American Mills

More than just scenic landscapes of a bygone era, this triptych honors the vital role that mills played in shaping America. As fledgling communities began to grow, the roar and rumble of the mills were considered the heartbeat of our country. Here we feature the Glade Creek Mill in West Virginia, a working homage to the 500 mills that once dotted the state. The cottage-like mill at Berry College was built by students and helped to sustain the school during the depression; and miners in Colorado used the Crystal Mill to harness the river and power    air  compressors for mining. 

Designs By Frank Lloyd Wright

 

Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.

 

Even as Frank Lloyd Wright used the artistry of his designs to honor nature and interpret the rapidly changing world around him, he also gave American architecture an irrefutable identity and changed the landscape of his profession forever. The structures in this Triptych represent different phases in his career. Robie House was one of the last Prairie School houses he designed; Fallingwater’s dynamic incorporation of the river propelled him back into the architectural spotlight; and the Guggenheim is a hemicycle-style building from the last phase of his career. 

Studios Of Frank Lloyd Wright

Space Is The Breath Of Art.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

 

There can be no question that the space in which Frank Lloyd Wright created his designs fed his soul as he worked. On the left, there is Taliesin. This Wisconsin home served as an ever-changing on-going experiment for Wright's ideas and concepts. In Oak Park, Wright's first home, he began to explore the idea that the hearth was the heart of the the home, and he even etched a quote into the panel above the sunrise fireplace reads, “Truth is Life.  Good friends, around these hearth stones, speak no evil word of any creature.” Finally, there is his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Taliesin West. Here, in his 'winter home' he and his students worked together to build and maintain the property and grow Taliesin Fellowship into an artistic world unto itself. 

United States War Memorials

World War II. Korea. Vietnam. This triptych honors service and sacrifice; and the best words to describe the poignancy and power of each memorial can be found inscribed on the memorials themselves. 

World War II
"Uncommon Valor Was 
A Common Virtue"

Korean War
"Freedom Is Not Free"

Vietnam War
58,307 Names, 
Honoring Those Who Made The Greatest Sacrifice Of All

 

Note: A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this image are donated to Fisher House, a foundation that provides comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Fisher Houses are located near military installations and VA medical centers.  

Spirit Of Justice

In memory of our dear friend John, a lawyer who loved history and literature, we created this triptych.The courthouse on the left was the site of the Scopes Trial in Rhea County, Tennessee. The Scopes trial served as the basis for the highly acclaimed play, Inherit the Wind. The middle courthouse is in Harper Lee’s Monroeville, Alabama. Her father was a lawyer and a newspaper owner; and his beliefs about justice inspired To Kill A Mockingbird and the character of Atticus Finch. The final courthouse is the Metamora Courthouse in Illinois. It is one of the few remaining courthouses where Abraham Lincoln served as a lawyer. While riding the Eighth Judicial Circuit, Lincoln tried many cases here, including several that dealt with issues of slavery. 


Our friend John believed in reason and law, this is our grateful tribute to a man
who always challenged us to think about the true Spirit of Justice.  

Vanishing Art Of The Wild Walldogs

Painting outdoor advertisements presented artists of the early 1900s with many challenges. Every masterpiece had to be created by hand while battling the elements - and the artwork was also expected to survive extreme weather for years to come. To ensure the longevity of these ads, the artists used toxic paints filled with benzene, gasoline and lots and lots of powdery white lead.  Boldest of all were the Walldogs, who combined artistry and chemistry with the agility of mountaineers. They earned their nickname because  large signs (like those on buildings) required them to tie a rope to the roof and lower themselves over the side; and then, once they were dangling in the right area, people said they moved about the wall like a dog on a leash. This triptych pays tribute to the vanishing art of these intrepid souls and also gives a nostalgic nod to ads of a bygone era. Pictured here are a few of our favorites. The Rock City barn has been inviting people to visit the top of Lookout Mountain in Tennessee since the early 1930s, and Mail Pouch Tobacco Barns have dotted the highways for more than 100 years, but our favorite barn is the one for Dr. Pierce's Womans Tonic. Like most medicinal salesmen of the day, Dr. Pierce's credentials were dubious and his concoction wasn't much better. The medication, according to most sources, was a potion made of alcohol and opium. Despite that, satisfied customers swore that it never failed to make a woman feel better! 

Rust In Peace

Years ago, Russell spotted this row of old work trucks not far from where we lived in the Florida panhandle. Over time, he got to know the owner, Mr. Harvey, and frequently photographed this treasure trove. He learned that it was a family tradition to give a good truck a place of honor in the row when it had worked its last. Each one holds countless memories of the family and their farm. Most recently, we photographed the trucks for our Best Light Collection. After visiting them for so many years, we wanted to use the soft glow of the foliage around the family trucks to create a feeling of warmth and remembrance as they gently Rust In Peace.   

 

Apalachicola Stormfront I

Apalachicola Stormfront II

Bison Families

Black Hills Bison

There are places scattered throughout the western plains that look as though - perhaps - time has stood still since Lewis and Clark passed by more than 200 years ago.  That feeling is part of what we love about South Dakota, and very much what we appreciate about Custer Park. For almost 100 years, South Dakotans have worked to preserve the land and provide a safe place for bison. After having been to the brink of extinction, these conservation efforts have resulted in healthy herds of magnificient creatures that serve as living links to our past. 

 

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Single Bison

Horses Across America

We have had 6,000 years of history with the horse and only 100 with the automobile,” 
~ Gloria Austin, President of Equine Heritage Institute 

From the feral horses of the early settlers that eventually became known as Mustangs, to the first race horses in the 1660’s, and ultimately the powerful draft horses of the mid 19th century, horses have been arriving on America’s shores for as long as humans. No chapter of our history can be considered complete without acknowledging the role that horses played in the exploration of the United States. This triptych honors the powerful, loving companions that - in work and play, peace and war, adventure and homesteading - have always been by our side.

The Guardians
Originally, we just loved this picture for itself: the pastoral charm of these cows and donkeys gathered together to enjoy a bit of shade on a hot Kentucky afternoon. However, after showing it a few times, we learned that the donkeys are actually there to guard the cows. They are natural defenders of the herd; and they will alert the farmer to threats and fight off predators like coyotes, foxes, wild dogs - and even bobcats! The fact that the donkeys are such loyal and fierce guardians of the gentle cows made us love this sweet scene even more!          

Coming Home

We happened upon this jaunty herd late one afternoon and left half a roll of film later hoping -as always - that we had captured something interesting. Then, in the darkroom, we were rewarded with this SPARK - this awesome moment- when we realized we had indeed captured something VERY special. For us, discovering that we’d caught an instant that passed too quickly for the eye to really see gave us the exilerating jolt that keeps us coming back to film. Coming Home doesn’t just describe the laughing queen of this herd as she leads her gals in for the night - it also describes the way we feel every time we step in the darkroom. 

Note: The dimensions on this piece are 10x20" matted and 12x22" framed. 

Collin's Cows

One of the most special people in Angela’s life is her nephew, Collin. He was the first baby of the next generation; and watching his personality take shape has been a great delight. He is a sweet, thoughtful boy with a kind and generous heart. He looks after his grandmother with much tenderness, is infinitely patient with his young cousin when she follows him around and has become quite an avid fisherman. Angela especially enjoys his British quips about feeling ‘peckish’ and his willingness to bow and refer to her as ‘her majesty!’ Above all though, from the time he was very young, Collin has loved cows. As Russell and Angela travel, they always think of Collin when they photograph cattle, and since he identified these for them (they are Black Baldy cows) they decided this image should be named in Collin’s honor!

Note: The dimensions on this piece are 10x20" matted and 12x22" framed. 

Homesteads Of Laura Ingalls

Millions of girls all over the world have followed the adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her pioneer family as they moved from their little house in the big woods to their prairie home. Having grown up in Wisconsin reading the books and playing prairie girls with her sisters, Angela was excited to visit Laura’s homes and wade in the waters of Plum Creek to create this triptych. Pictured here are Laura’s first home in Pepin, Wisconsin; an image of Plum Creek’s cool, shady waters; and the family homestead in De Smet, South Dakota.

National Parks

This triptych is especially dear to Angela. She grew up traveling to the western national parks in the classic over-loaded, kid-filled station wagon for family vacations - but those piligrimages didn't start with her parents. Her mother's earliest memories include being piled into a car (with no air conditioning) at four in the morning to head west with her hard-working father at the wheel cherishing every moment of his adventure. These experiences and memories are among the most beloved in Angela's family and have instilled a deep appreciation for the sacred wonder of America's national parks. Pictured here are three spectacular places that should never be taken for granted: The Grand Canyon, Old Faithful at Yellowstone and Yosemite.

Grand Canyon

 

 

Sea To Shining Sea

The vision for this triptych traveled with us for a long time before we captured all three images. We could clearly see the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges reaching toward each other - almost becoming a single bridge - that would pass through the gateway of the great St. Louis Arch and unite America. From the individual images in our collection, to our ambitious book plans, this piece perfectly represents the thematic essence of our work.     

 

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Standard Size of Triptychs & Panoramics (Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

     8x26"  Matted  / 10x28" Framed

     12x40" Matted / 14x42" Framed

 

Triptych & Panoramic Pricing:

 

     8x26" Matted - $90     Plus Shipping - $15

     8x26" Framed - $160  Plus Shipping - $15

      

     12x40" Matted -   $235   Plus Shipping - $40

                                                                               12x40" Framed-  $360   Plus Shipping - $60

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