The Images of West Nebraska Project was founded to undertake a long-term, visual documentation of the people, landscape and culture of western Nebraska: the heart of the Great Plains. The region is conflicted. It is home to one of the world’s greatest aquifers, the Sand Hills unique geologic area, and both Native American and European descendants; yet, this diverse geographic and cultural setting finds many of its youth deserting the area. The Project aspires visually to preserve elements of the area, while simultaneously examining the overt or subtle changes the region witnesses over time.

So what are you looking at? This is the blog of photography classes.  But not just any classes: a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in January 2011, where each of us soaked in the mystique, warmth, and inspiration of both Santa Fe Workshops instructor Eddie Soloway, and the landscape of Santa Fe and New Mexico. Then, a trip to western Nebraska with legendary National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, in January 2012, hunting the essence of one of the last American frontiers  We seek the image as purity and documentation of the world around us.  No more, no less.  Truth is our quarry, and we hope you enjoy.

The Images of the West project was founded in 2010 by Hastings College professor Brett Erickson.


One response to “About

  1. john backlund

    January 19, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    My wife’s great great grandfather Sven Pettersson from Southern Sweden homesteaded on Antelope Creek west of Montrose and is buried with his wife Anna in the little cemetery at Bodarc which I believe is near the stream of Hat Creek. We visited the cemetery about a year ago and love this vast, open landscape. Thanks for your work. John


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