If you know me, you know I’ve spent more than thirteen years exploring the upper midwest with my friend Terry, photographing ghost towns, abandoned places, and roadside attractions for a number of websites, GhostsofNorthDakota.com chief among them.
One of my favorite things about the thousands upon thousands of photos we’ve taken is the color palette–these tiny rural communities have all the expected colors of the prairie, the green you’d expect of the prairie grasses and the blue of the sky, but also the earth and rust tones of decaying manmade structures.
in a moment of inspiration one night, I decided to try something different. Instead of admiring the photos as they are, I wanted to highlight just the colors. So, I picked a few photos and started by selecting a thin slice of the image, from left to right, all the way across the photo, taking care to pick a particularly colorful cross-section. Then, I stretched the slice to take up the entire frame, creating a spectral pattern of color bars, sampled from each photo. I thought the result was beautiful, and I can imagine a day when I’ll want to blow some of these up and hang ’em on the wall.
Hope you enjoy “The Colors of Goodbye.”