Old Car On The Prairie


I spent a number of weeks making photographs throughout South Dakota. The conditions were dusty, windy and cold or hot. Many roads were (and still are) not paved; I knew if I didn't venture into the unknown, I would never see anything; I had to take chances. I also had to keep an eye out for rattle snakes! 


I spotted this shot-up old car and parked my truck as close as I could. It was shortly before sunset, however, I took my time considering a perspective. I carefully walked around it many times, mindful of the holes in the ground (snake holes?). Was it safe?


I fetched my tripod from the truck along with my Hasselblad 120mm lens. I put the sun setting sun behind me and made a series of exposures accentuating the years of texture and age. As I was working I realized there were countless prairie dogs peeking their heads out of the holes in the ground; they were cheering me on!


I made this photograph on Fuji Velvia film ISO 100 with my Hasselblad H2 camera.



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