The second of the three winners of the Digital Photographer Magazine Facebook Reader Photos Contest comes straight from America’s Heartland. As a Kansas City dweller, photographer Dan Lauver embraces his location, saying, “I keep returning to my Midwest roots for my favorite photographs.” Below is a selection of Lauver’s best work, which represents his interest in vivid colors and capturing Americana from unique perspectives.
More of Dan Lauver’s photos from around the world can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/danlauver/.
In the photographer’s words: The sunset photo I call “Skyfire” was shot on Christmas day 2008 in Hutchinson, KS. The sand excavation equipment in the foreground provided an interesting silhouette to the raging red of the December sky. This was shot with a Canon Rebel XTi using a Canon E-FS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
In the photographer’s words: The sunflower picture, titled simply “Kansas Sunflower,” was taken with a GI camera phone (I always carry a backup battery for my Canon …now). This was shot near Peabody, KS in August. The commercial flower fields supply a breathtaking opportunity for even the most seasoned photographer to fill an entire memory card.
In the photographer’s words: The photo of the school house is the Bichet School near Florence, KS. The contrast presented by the butterfly, the sunflowers, and the barbed wire with the 1896 schoolhouse in the background intrigued me. The school was founded by a colony of French emigrants.
In the photographer’s words: The photograph of the two discarded trucks is titled “Two Old Work Horses.” They are in Homewood, KS sitting next to an abandoned gas station. It immediately made me think of GMC versus Ford—which one would rust to the ground first! Kind of sad, they were probably the apple of some farmer’s eye.
In the photographer’s words: The photo I call “Kansas Totems” is of the Prairie Passage Stone Sculpture Garden in Emporia, KS. They represent the history of Emporia, featuring sculptures representing the Native Americans, Nathaniel Lyons (Lyons county) and William Allen White, famous editor of the Emporia Gazette. I liked the strength of the stone against the blue Kansas sky.
Dan Lauver’s gear list:
Canon Rebel XTi
Canon E-FS 18-55mm lens
Canon Zoom EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens
Olympus OM-1 loaded with Kodak 400 Black and White film
Olympus 50mm f/1.8 lens
Vivitar 28mm f2.8 wide angle
Vivitar 70-150mm f/3.8 zoom lens
G1 camera phone