Ruined Grain Elevator, South Dakota

By | 2015-07-02T09:54:58+00:00 August 15, 2013|Categories: North America, Photo of the Day, United States|Tags: , |5 Comments

ruined grain elevator south dakotaLate in the summer of 2012, I went on a photo shoot along US Highway 12 between the Twin Cities of Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. As you get out of the prosperous cities, the abandoned farms and other structures pertinent to the way farming was done in the first half of the 20th Century increasingly dot the landscape. Processing this in black and white made me more mindful of the evocative photos of the Depression shot by such great American photographers as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.


  1. Matt - Brisbane Photographer August 21, 2013 at 6:24 am - Reply

    You’ve achieved some beautiful tones in this black and white image 🙂

    • Tom Bartel August 21, 2013 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Thanks, Matt. My first use of Silver Efex Pro 2. Going to try to learn it while in Hawaii this week.

  2. Alie Schipper August 24, 2013 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Abandoned buildings are my favorite part of driving through SD and southern MN. I always get to wondering what people’s lives were like in those houses and farms.

    • Tom Bartel August 24, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Alie, I think of those lives, too, and wonder what drove them out, or if they just died and their children moved to Minneapolis.

  3. Marybeth Tawfik April 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Really great documentary on PBS online right now about Dorothea Lange, with tons and tons of her photos …

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