Jim Westphalen has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. When he’s not shooting commercial assignments, he spends much of his time roaming back roads, combing deserted shorelines or rooting about old farms in search of images that will compel the viewer to pause, reflect and experience. “I want my photographs to disengage the audience from the here and now; to feel the cold of the blowing snow, to breathe in the serenity of the sea, to lament what once was or to simply be awed by the beauty of God’s creation.” Jim’s ongoing current body of work, vanish is a photo narrative that speaks to the decay of the built landscape in rural America.