Iowa Pho­to­graphs

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Iowa Pho­to­graphs is an on­go­ing se­ries that be­gan in the sum­mer of 2012. Af­ter liv­ing in Chicago, Illi­nois, for more than two decades, my wife and I re­lo­cated to the com­par­a­tively small town of Iowa City, Iowa. It was a strange and won­der­ful feel­ing to know ab­so­lutely noth­ing about the towns and land­scape that sur­rounded our new home. I im­me­di­ately started tak­ing day trips in ev­ery di­rec­tion, which was easy to do, as the area has old high­ways that in­ter­sect like a twisted bi­cy­cle wheel, with Iowa City at the hub. A small town is never more than ten miles from the last one, with a grain silo and other pro­vi­sions for the agri­cul­tural needs of fam­ily farms, some of which re­main, while oth­ers have been re­placed by large-scale farm­ing. The land­scape is dom­i­nated by corn and soy­bean fields. Trav­el­ing large dis­tances by car and by bi­cy­cle is an ex­pe­ri­ence of minimalism: slow, repet­i­tive, med­i­ta­tive, calm­ing. The towns are the heart and soul of this se­ries. Rather than an ex­pe­ri­ence of new dis­cov­ery from town to town, it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence of re­dis­cov­er­ing the same pal­ette of ma­te­ri­als over and over again. These towns formed, thrived, peaked, and de­cayed in the same cy­cle of time, of­fer­ing a con­sis­tent pal­ette of tex­ture, line, form, color, and cul­tural sig­ni­fiers. To­day, many towns are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­birth and re­vi­tal­iza­tion; it’s good to see it hap­pen. As of Oc­to­ber 2016, I have pho­tographed in all ninety-nine coun­ties and have pub­lished five vol­umes of Iowa Pho­to­graphs mag­a­zine, avail­able at bar­ryphipps.com.

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