Throughout the United States, small towns bypassed by new highways and emptied of independent businesses hang by a thread. On the outskirts lie superstores, fast food and dollar stores to serve dwindling populations. Career alternatives to working in a superstore or joining agriculture, oil or gas industries appear few. Racial segregation is not just within towns, it is town by town. Conversation starters about considering the interests of other species are met with long pauses.

This photo-story aims to evoke those pauses, and the conditions from which they spring.