Uncovering the Dark Side of the Countryside: A Photographic Exploration of Farm Noir

Rural America has always been seen as the picturesque and idyllic counterpart to the gritty, urban landscape of noir. But what if there’s more to the countryside than meets the eye? In “Shadowed Lands: A Photographic Exploration of Rural Noir,” photographer Robert E. Jackson delves into the darker side of rural life.

Through a series of black and white photographs, Jackson captures the isolation, poverty, and crime that often goes unseen in the countryside. From dilapidated farmhouses to abandoned factories, the images paint a stark and sometimes unsettling picture of rural America.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Jackson also highlights the resilience and strength of rural communities, showcasing the everyday people who call these shadowed lands home. From farmers to small-town cops, her subjects are portrayed with a sense of humanity and dignity.

With “Shadowed Lands,” Jackson challenges the notion that the countryside is immune to the same societal issues that plague urban areas. It’s a powerful reminder that no place is immune to the shadows of the human experience.

The book has been praised for its evocative imagery and thought-provoking narrative, and for its ability to shed light on the oft-ignored struggles of rural America, and for its artful exploration of the darker side of life in rural communities.

#3 James Ellroy, The Big Nowhere

Call me Dudley. We’re of equal rank. I’m older, but you’re far better looking. I can tell we’re going to be grand partners.

#6 The Big Combo (1955) dir: Joseph H Lewis

He saw its hard lines all the way home through the fog – the raking headlamp opening up a wall, the shadows, tightening in around this spoon of light that’s dragged across the metal doors, snapped back to darkness.

#8 Dashiell Hammett, The Continental Op

The face she made at me was probably meant for a smile. Whatever it was, it beat me. I was afraid she’d do it again, so I surrendered

#11 The Maltese Falcon, (John Huston, 1941)

It’s heavy, what is it?”“The stuff that dreams are made of.

#17 Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely

It was a cool day and very clear. You could see a long way-but not as far as Velma had gone.

#19 James M. Cain, Double Indemnity

I had killed a man, for money and a woman. I didn’t have the money and I didn’t have the woman.c

#21 Out of the Past (1947) dir: Jacques Tourneur

“Is there a way to win?”“There’s a way to lose more slowly.” I used that perfectly weighted line as the subtitle to The Long Take.

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