June 20th marked the tenth anniversary of the day I began exploring Nebraska for what would eventually become ninety-three. To commemorate the anniversary, I traveled the same path, starting at the graves of the first Vavaks to come to Nebraska and traveling along US Highway 30 to Grand Island.
Here is what I wrote after that first day..
Today was the first day of my yet-to-be-titled photographic foray into the state of Nebraska. The whole project is still up in the air as of now, but I'm sure it'll eventually take shape over the next few months. This will mark the first project that I will reveal as a whole in some way, hopefully in a gallery or other space, rather than showing an image here and there in this journal.
I hope to have at least 50 solid images by the time the whole thing is done. After today, it feels very possible, if I can put a finger on exactly what it is I'm trying to do.
The end result was a multi-year project featuring one photograph for each of Nebraska's 93 counties. And my first solo exhibition, and my first self-published photo book. Looking back at the pictures from that first day, there are a lot of misses, but there are also a few solid images that made the final draft and are still among my favorite photographs.
I've compiled twelve pairs of images showing what has (and hasn't) changed between 2007 and 2017. The first six are posted below with the rest to follow later this week.