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!
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.
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.
Where Cowboys Never Die
He rides point for all the great and small
He will take us through the wire on to that plane that’s higher.
He’s the greatest cowboy of them all. ~ Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash sang plenty of songs about ramblers and cowboys and one of the ones heard most often around Angela’s girlhood home was ‘The Greatest Cowboy of Them All.’ As a child, she actually thought it was about her father. No, he wasn’t a cowboy - but he has always kept a watchful eye on his herd of daughters. The song is, of course, Johnny’s way of comparing God to a humble, hard working cowboy who kept his ‘little doggies’ safe and brought wanderers back into the fold. The tender lines work as a tribute to all loving fathers, be they earth bound or heavenly. The scenes included in this triptych seem to echo that same sentiment of the eternal road all old cowboys travel in service to those they love.
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.
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.
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 houses 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 Spring House is a hemicycle-style home from the last phase of his career - a phase that ultimately produced the Guggenheim.
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"
"Freedom Is Not Free"
Honoring Those Who Made The Greatest Sacrifice Of All
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.
Art Of Advertising
Outdoor advertising of the early 1900s made it possible for businesses to promote their products and helped farmers keep their barns fresh and bright. Yet very few
people know much about the unsung heroes who created these beauties. These artists battled the elements using toxic paints filled with lead. They often tied themselves to rooftops and lowered
themselves over the side where they moved about the wall like ‘dogs on leashes’ to paint, earning them the nickname ‘Walldogs.’
This triptych pays tribute to the vanishing art of a bygone era and the brave, talented artists who risked their necks to create it. The Rock City invites people to visit the top of Lookout Mountain, Mail Pouch Barns have dotted the highways for more than 100 years, and our favorite, the ad Dr. Pierce’s Womans Tonic. The so-called medication seems to have been mainly alcohol and opium - yet satisfied customers swore that it never failed to make a woman feel better!
Apalachicola Stormfront I
Apalachicola Stormfront II
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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Russell’s father was a columnist who covered horse racing for the Miami News for more than 30 years, so it’s no wonder that Russell finds himself drawn to the rolling hills and horse farms of Kentucky. Just outside Lexington on an overcast summer day, we came across these two gentle souls. As we wandered and watched, they stayed close to one another nickering and nuzzling from time to time. Then the stars aligned to give us that once-in-a-lifetime image. We were in the right place with camera ready when they lowered their heads and brought them together in a heart- like pose of absolute tenderness. For one incredible moment, the world was just us and these magical Bluegrass Beauties.
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!
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.
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.
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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