Photo Essay

Dakota:: Letting a Place Happen II

Shadow and Light

A year ago I wrote about rereading Kathleen Norris's book, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography and following her advice to let a place a happen. I carried that bit of wisdom with me as I made my way to Tuscany.

This summer, I traveled west to the Dakotas, more specifically South Dakota and the Badlands. I don't think there is any way one can come to be in the presence of that terrain without letting it happen. Control is useless. I found there a pure exchange of energy as I made these images.

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11 responses

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (14 Aug 2010):

    Fantastic story about one of my favorite places on Earth. Thank you for this.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (17 Aug 2010):

    And you so beautifully captured that energy. Among the lessons of my nomadic life is the importance of letting it happen.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Aug 2010):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (18 Aug 2010):

    An exquisite eye combined with awesome technique.

  • Toby Morrison (JPG Admin)

    Toby Morrison (JPG Admin)   gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    Great story! Congrats for being selected as JPG's Story of the Week.

  • Jerry D. Gossel

    Jerry D. Gossel said (19 Aug 2010):

    Thanks for the great shots as Spencer South Dakota was home for 18 years and is an Great state to grow up in ! The river splits the state east and west And then east of the James river we get Rain and great crops ! This year a lot of rain was just in Valley Springs Mon. then covered the Sprint car races at I-80 Greenwood Ne. Thanks again ! Jerry "Goose"

  • Aaron Schwartz

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  • John Linton

    John Linton said (20 Aug 2010):

    Congrats on making story of the week.

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly said (20 Aug 2010):

    Thanks for selecting this as the story of the week. Honored.

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (24 Aug 2010):

    Spectacular photographs. The tones and textures are awesome.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    Very, very well deserved story of the week!

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