19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
A Vanishing Past

A combine harvests a wheat field in northern Kansas. Nearly metaphorical, the modern machinery kicked up a smokescreen of dust and debris which partially concealed the abandoned and deteriorating bones of what was once a grand home. Forgotten farmsteads like this lay dotted throughout the Great Plains as families move to nearby cities and larger factory farms buyout smaller operations.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Cuba, Kansas, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Erik Johnson