Kansas photographer Stephan Anderson-Story, who shot many of the present-day photographs for Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder, told his interviewer in a short documentary that he liked taking pictures of Kansas in the winter.
“What I liked was when the grass in the Flint Hills would turn a really nice brown, and oranges, and reds. It always looked really nice with the sky, the contrasting colors.”
As Jim and I went for a drive last weekend, I saw what Stephan saw in the winter Kansas landscape and made Jim stop so that I could take a picture.
Shot as the sun was setting in eastern Franklin County. If you look carefully, you’ll see it’s sort of a self-portrait.
This weekend, Jim and I crossed the state line into Missouri to visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which was hosting Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans. Evans grew up in Kansas City and studied at the University of Kansas. Her portraits are beautiful, but I was most moved by her amazing photographs of the prairie. It’s very difficult to capture the movement, shape, and texture of grassland, but her photographs are full of depth and energy. Her portraits and landscapes from Matfield Green, Kansas, truly capture the spirit of the Flint Hills.
With an hour to spare after touring the exhibit, we dashed through the halls to see some of our favorite pieces. We were disappointed to discover that our absolute favorite painting, Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness by Caravaggio, is on loan to the Los Angeles County Museum (lucky LA!). But many of my other favorites, ancient pieces that have fascinated me since my middle school class visited the museum to see the ancient Greek sculptures after reading Homer’s Odyssey, were still on display.