This Americana gallery is a collection of my literal and interpretive images of buildings, artifacts and other items that are a part of the geography, cultural heritage, folklore, and history of the United States. In these photographs I hope to visually preserve a bit of the history of the United States, especially because some of the subjects of these photographs already no longer exist, and others may soon vanish from the scene. These monochrome images (black & white and variations) were done in the tradition of the early masters of photography, such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz. Many of the images shown here were originally made using the same traditional types of photo equipment and methods, such as with large format cameras, hand developing in trays, and hand printing each print individually. Those earlier images, as presented here, were later digitally scanned, using high resolution scanners, and digitally processed using state-of-the-art computer software, such as Photoshop and Lightroom. More recent image exposures were made using modern digital cameras. I still have a love for monochrome as I feel that it is truly an expressive and creative fine art medium. Even today, with all the modern tools and processes available, I often visualize a scene in monochrome, and make the exposure and process the image accordingly.
I recommend that you also view the “Americana in Color” gallery for a full range of different photographs in full color.