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October 30, 2013

Disappearing America

David Plowden has been photographing America for decades. His passion for steel bridges, corn fields, boats and steam engines is almost tactile in the photographs he takes.

Looking over his 50 years of work, David sees an America on the move, an America in transit. He has unbounded admiration for the people he has met and photographed along the way - the quiet competence and sense of duty he saw in the men and women of America's towns and rural areas.

He talks with Dick Gordon about what has stopped him from taking photos: namely, the feeling that the America he knew is gone, and with it, many of the people he photographed with such admiration.

See more of David's work


John Henry by Etta Baker for the album Railroad Bill; Steam Train by Ed Kuepper for the album Reflections of Ol' Golden Eye; Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot for the album Gord's Gold

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