David Zoubek’s photo series "A Country Called the Midwest" documents his impressions and personal experiences when he lived in what many Americans call "flyover country,“ which includes states like Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, and Ohio. The decline of the automotive and manufacturing industries has left its mark on these landscapes.
In its wake lies a scooped-out heartland and a hundred million people who are still trying to figure out what the hell happened. This work chronicles what remains of the outer reaches of the young republic's empire, catching it as it crumbles. Blank, wide spaces. Deeply-lined faces. Ancient industrial kitch. Miles and miles of power lines. And yet, hope: a redbud tree blossoms in the abandoned cinema parking lot. The couches look comfortable.
And in some front yards, it's Christmas all year. – Written by Rich Smith