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Picture Show: Images from the Center of the Contiguous United States Picture Show: Images from the Center of the Contiguous United States
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Picture Show: Images from the Center of the Contiguous United States

by J. Bennett Fitts Patrick James

June 9, 2010

During the last presidential election, the phrase "Middle America" was used routinely by both candidates and members of the media. "This constant buzz around 'Middle America' sparked my curiosity in what the literal middle of America actually was," writes the photographer J. Bennett Fitts, "if there was one at all." As it turns out, the center of the contiguous United States is Lebanon, Kansas, a town of about 250 people that has been greatly affected by rural flight.

In the following images, Fitts explores the landscape of Lebanon, which he photographed several times over the last year. He'll soon relocate to Lebanon for a three-month stay, during which he will continue photographing as a means of creating a more intimate portrait of the place and its people.

Here is a collection from J. Bennett Fitts's ongoing project "Images from the Center of the Contiguous United States."



 
Land of Ah's
Map of Kansas
Home
Deer shot by arrows
Welcome flag
Community pool
Used car lot #1
Restaurant
Gymnasium
Motel Sign
User car lot #2
Mall
Former playground
Basketball hoop with mural
Car as sculpture
Trash in river
Barn


 

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Picture Show: Images from the Center of the Contiguous United States