by a photographic essay Debbie M. Smith
About the Book
Vanishing Homesteads is a lovely coffee table book which documents the last remaining structures and relics left behind on the prairies of the Central Plains of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.
With a bit of prose and thoughtful reflection, fine art photographer Debbie M. Smith captures the mystique and romance of the past in this pictorial essay of rustic and earthy photographs which is her trademark photography.
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A freelancer and darkroom technician in the late seventies, I didn't start out taking pictures of homesteads. I worked at a local college as an events photographer and at a portrait studio in the town where I grew up. My interest was in wildlife photography then, but after marrying my husband, we moved to the country about five miles from the historic Santa Fe Trail. The vast and sweeping grasslands of Kansas became my canvas and a Leica M6 camera, my brush. The sage, wild native grasses, and tumbleweeds provide a warm and nostalgic quality that I prefer in my work.