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

Corn Crib [ West Central Iowa]


Corn Crib [ West Central Iowa], posted by Matt Niebuhr.

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

The stark geometric form and color of these corn cribs continues to hold interest for me. Simple, direct, matter-of-fact (now useless) function. Slowly fading and exhibiting a quiet struggle with time and the scale of the farming today.