A curtain flutters in the window of an abandoned farmhouse. Textbooks from the 1940s lay scattered on the floor of a one-room schoolhouse.
Receipts for a load of grain sit on the desk of a ghost town grain elevator. If you are a person who likes exploring these abandoned places with camera in hand, North Dakota is a target-rich environment. Drive down any gravel road, and soon you will come across a relic from the past.
This is why author John Piepkorn loves North Dakota. John Piepkorn is a photographer who has had a lifelong interest in abandoned places. On multiple trips across North Dakota in the last twenty-five years, he has documented hundreds of places that were once filled with life.
Today, those places stand empty. John has made an effort to document the churches, schools, and abandoned farms that dot the North Dakota landscape. Each place has a story to tell, and even in the decay, beauty can be found.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
John Piepkorn is a professional photographer from Minnetonka, Minnesota. He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He has lived in and traveled across North Dakota for over thirty years. Always fascinated by the abandoned places he passed, he started to capture images of these places in an artistic way. The advent of digital photography has enabled him to capture and manipulate the images to fit his vision. He has exhibited his photography in a number of galleries and has had images featured in a number of publications. John lives in Minnesota with his wife, Ann, and two sons, Anders and Gunnar.
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
STATE: North Dakota
SERIES: America Through Time
DIMENSIONS: 9.25 (w) x 6.5 (h)