Catherland by Shane Booth
Monday, May 1, 2017 to Thursday, July 27, 2017
Red Cloud Opera House Auditoruim Gallery
413 North Webster Street
“Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.”
Growing up in central Nebraska it was easy to get lost in the land and the stories it told. With every thunderstorm that rumbles across the fields, to the wind that never stops blowing and scars everything it caresses I call this place home. I have always been enamored by its emptiness and ferociousness. I see ghosts working the land, hands stained black from rich soil. Visions of black bonnets bobbing in the fields while monumental horses pull plows breaking lines of sod. If only the isolated trees that sit in the middle of fields like guardians could tell their stories.
This body of work documents Catherland and the ideology of the Nebraska landscape. Located in Red Cloud Nebraska, Catherland is where the author Willa Cather grew up, and based several of her novels on, dealing with life on the prairie in the early 19th century. My photographs evoke a sense of place, and remind us of the stories the great Willa Cather told about this magical land, and the people who tamed it.