Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility – Photographs from Iowa

Well, in the vein of shameless self promotion, this is an image from a group of photos that I have been working on that to me pose a question about the photographic cliche. Just where does that line fall? I don’t know sometimes – it depends.

Since I’m away from these places now for sometime, the images have become more important to me – perhaps a kind of sentimental transference – who knows.

Village View Farm 1904 [West Central Iowa 2006] by Matt Niebuhr

Village View Farm 1904 [West Central Iowa 2006] by Matt Niebuhr

Untitled [Barn, North elevation, East central Iowa] by Matt Niebuhr

Untitled [Barn, North elevation, East central Iowa] by Matt Niebuhr

As more time passes, I think these two tap into my own mental “memory image” of what I picture a barn or crib might look like – iconic might be better word to describe them in my opinion. More like an iconic memory.  More here at www.mattniebuhr.com

Village View Farm 1904 [West Central Iowa 2006]

One in a series entitled Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility

Pictured this way, this particular subject grouping becomes iconic – almost too much so perhaps. For me it is precisely this issue. This is the quintessential farmstead of 1904 pictured in 2006. Do we really see these farmsteads as symbols anymore or has this way of life receded into personal memory only?

More of my project work here: www.mattniebuhr.com

Barn [with patches and a lean-to] in the field

A character study: North face of a barn – [about 5 miles north and one mile east of Aurelia]

Found – neither wanting or asking for attention. That is what I am after in these shots.

The “stoic” life of a barn – strong, accepting of conditions, fully the result of utility. Yet, conditions are changing – purpose is shifting.

One in a series entitled Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility