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 Best Possible 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!
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.
US War Memorials
Honoring those who have served and sacrified, our U.S. War Memorials triptych includes three of the most heartrending and thought-provoking monuments in Washington D.C. The first is the Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial. The second is the Korean War Veterans National Memorial and the third is the staggering, simple Vietnam Veterans Memorial bearing the names of more 58,300 fallen soldiers. Beneath each photograph, we write the name of commemorated war and the dates of U.S. involvement. 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 on 24 military installations and near 24 VA medical centers.
Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright
Often described as America's greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright transformed residential design. This triptych showcases three of his most remarkable homes. Robie House in Chicago is a masterful example of his Prairie Style; Spring House in Tallahassee is one of only two 'hemicycle' homes that he designed toward the end of his career; and Fallingwater in Pennsylvania remains the iconic, ultimate symbol of Wright's brilliance. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this piece support the Spring House Institute and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
Few things match the irresistable magic of strolling along a pathway beneath the lacy branches of magestic old trees. This triptych features three beloved American Canopies: The elms that line Central Park's historic promenade in New York; the maple-lined road to Kentucky's famed Claiborne Farm, home of such greats as Seabiscuit and Secretariat; and the splendid live oaks that run from the banks of the Mississippi to the veranda of the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana.
The picturesque farms around Lexington, Kentucky are home to some of the greatest Thoroughbreds in America; and we've spent a lot of time doing photography in this area, but this pair of Bluegrass Beauties is special. Throughout a peaceful afternoon, they stayed close to one another, and then they brought their heads together for just a moment to create this wonderfully tender pose. In this set of images, you can truly get a sense of their sweet, gentle natures.
The Mother Road
Route 66 is clearly one of America's most iconic symbols. Today, it makes people nostalgic for the past - for adventure and the open road - but there was a time when it represented the future - hope, and change and opportunity. The sights and stories and history of one of our original highways has inspired writers, musicians and visual artists for more than 85 years, and it continues to inspire us today. In this triptych, we feature Roy's in the Mojave Desert town of Amboy, Arizona; the iconic Route 66 emblem on a stretch of the original two-lane highway; and Ortega's market in Lupton, Arizona.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The greatest wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more." If there were ever three trees that inspired wonder and reverence, it would be the ones in this triptych. The tree on the left is the 400 year old Fairchild Oak in Ormond Beach, Florida. The one on the right is the Tree Of Life in New Orleans. The middle tree is the Angel Oak in Charleston, an amazing tree believed to be almost 1500 years old.
Old cars capture the imagination, especially those that have been abandoned and reclaimed by nature. The Ghost Cars in this triptych may not travel the roads of America anymore but they still carry miles of memories.
Spirit of Justice
In memory of our dear friend John, we created this triptych celebrating the Spirit of Justice. 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 Monroeville, Alabama. Growing up in the shadow of this courthouse, Harper Lee drew inspiration for To Kill A Mockingbird from several cases that were tried here and based the character of Atticus Finch on her father, a lawyer and newspaper owner who spent a lot of time working in this building. The final courthouse is the Metamora Courthouse in Illinois. It was 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.
Life of Clydesdales
Anytime we do a show in St. Louis, we make time to walk Grant's Trail so that we can visit the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales. The playful horses and the historic farm are among our favorite sites to see as we travel.
Rust In Peace
This 'graveyard' of old trucks includes 70 years worth of Fords and several generations of memories for the Harvey family. When they could work no longer, each vehicle was given a place of honor in the row and allowed to gently Rust In Peace.
Oak Alley Plantation, Panoramic
The Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana features an avenue of 28 stunning live oaks. Long before the Antebellum mansion was even built, these magnificient trees served as a navigational tool for river captains; and the question of who planted them - and why - has been a beloved local mystery for more than 300 years.