These images taken in or near Kansas City, KS document the connection between the city’s monumental architecture and its landscapes of production, the vast edifice and the plundered landscape.

Such buildings and landscapes

…show us how, unlike birds, for instance, who keep building the same nest over thousands of years, we tend to forge ahead with our projects far beyond any reasonable bounds. … At the most we gaze at [the vast edifice] in wonder, a kind of wonder which in itself is a form of dawning horror, for somehow we know by instinct that outsize buildings cast the shadow of their own destruction before them, and are designed from the first with an eye to their later existence as ruins.

—W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz, 2001

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Matthew Holtkamp is an architectural historian and photographer living in Lawrence KS. His work takes him across the state of Kansas to document buildings and landscapes using archival large format film negatives. As of late, he’s particularly drawn to the marginal architectural and industrial environs of Kansas City, where he was born and raised. Follow him on Tumblr at matthewryanholtkamp.tumblr.com.