Some time ago, I came across this image by Peter Brown. A lover of birds, museums, Kansas, and tiny buildings that look abandoned, I had to know if the photo was part of a series. What I found on Brown’s website were the bodies of work West of Last Chance and On the Plains. Both feature the open landscape and small towns of the Great Plains. Empty streets with old shopfronts, fields meeting the wide open sky, and quaint, humorous scenes of the Middle West make up both series, the sun shining brightly in almost every picture. Brown’s photographs are lovely and nostalgic, and I wonder how much they have inspired other artists; the images in West of Last Chance were made between 1984 and 2006, On the Plains between 1985 and 1995. The settings and feel remind me of work by Terry Evans, Paul Sisson, Robb Hann, and Andrew Moore.

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