A House Apart: Photos by Ben Marcin
As a continuation of the series A House Apart, which consisted of isolated residential places found in the Northeastern United States, these photos are of solitary houses found in the wide open spaces of the American West particularly in the high desert regions of Eastern Colorado and the Sandhills of Western Nebraska. The landscape is virtually treeless and the houses are separated by miles of featureless expanse.
I have always had a strong interest in photographing the places where people live. I am especially interested in the older, solo houses in the eastern part of the United States where many of the homesteads and farms have been replaced by planned communities, mega-malls, industrial parks and other forms of urban sprawl. I photograph houses that stand by themselves—not a neighbor in either direction. While solitary houses are not an uncommon sight in the wide open spaces of the American West, here in the congested Northeast ones sees fewer and fewer of them as newer housing tracts advance across the landscape. There is a determination to endure that is apparent to me in a number of these lone structures. In others, time has run out.