Most of these photos (all but the last three) were taken in what’s left of the historic “black towns” in Oklahoma. I visited nearly all of them as part of a project looking back at African American settlement in the West after Reconstruction. They all reflect my interest in the lived environment, and especially those structures that serve ordinary or even utilitarian purposes. Some are digital exposures, some are film. The last three photos are color film exposures from Pamplin, Virginia, an old railroad town near Appomattox. The Pamplin Main Street has been abandoned for some time, and I thought including these photos made thematic sense, even if the subject matter is different.

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