Brooks Jensen Arts

Made of Steel

Folio IV — North Dakota

My wife’s family is from the far northwestern corner of North Dakota. Visiting there for family reunions and other functions, I was not at all surprised to find the same kinds of garages and machine shops I’d seen all over the rest of the country. Her uncle, Kenny Heckman, is now retired from active farm life, but every tool in his shop is ready for use and any repair work as though he were still there every day. His farm is on the edge of a now-empty town called Alkabo. This town, too, was a wealth of photographic opportunity. A few miles to the east is the thriving metropolis of Crosby, population 1,201. Trust me and go there in July for the Threshing Bee if you want to see old machines and machine shop guys in action.

All of the images, save one, in Made of Steel, Folio IV - North Dakota are from a digital camera – an Olympus C8080W. They are among the first of my fine art photographs that I made without the use of a traditional film camera. The sole exception is the portrait of Kenny Heckman which was made with my 2¼x3¼ monorail film camera.

Folio of 12 prints

  • Overall dimensions 8x10½"
  • Images are approx. 7x9"
  • 12 Epson 4880 prints on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308
  • Two text sheets: title page, colophon
  • Embossed art paper folio enclosure
  • Number and signed by the photographer


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Made of Steel Folio V - Joe Sasak

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