Photos by Bob Schlomann.
Hello. My name is Bob Schlomann. I'm a photographer based in North Dakota, in the United States, close to the geographical center of North America. If you'll excuse my stating the obvious, most people don't live here. Moreover, It seems that many of those folks who don't live here hold assumptions about this place, backed up by just enough fact to make their assumptions feel true and accurate. I grew up in Chicago and have lived in Fargo since 1979.
The site's name was derived from the fact that I spend time photographing in the watersheds of two rivers: the Red River of the North and a tributary stream, the Buffalo River in Minnesota.
At the end of the last glacial epoch, a large lake formed on this land, Lake Agassiz. The action of the water in the lake and the winds and wind-deposited soil that remained after the lake was gone, left a broad, flat landscape of grassland and rich soil.
No mountains. No oceans. It's considered "flyover country" to many who live elsewhere. Yet I've learned that there's more subtlety and beauty here than many think. It doesn't hit you over the head; it gets under your skin. If you can leave assumptions aside, you can find oceans of grassland and crop land, or "mountainous" cloud structures juxtaposed against the vast expanse of open land. It's just as striking as anywhere else, only it's different.
Hope the images convey some of that for you.
Thanks for visiting.