Matt Slaby, David Banks, and Kendrick Brinson of Luceo Images spent 24 hours documenting Lebanon, Kansas last month.
Lebanon is a quiet place. Itâ€™s the geographic center of the United States and the perfect start to a group project that all of LUCEO will be working on. The population of the town teeters around 200 (less than my high school senior class). Itâ€™s surrounded by beautiful swaying fields of wheat and clusters of cows. Main Street has buildings that are crumbling. Thereâ€™s still a beauty parlor, a bank in a trailer, an everything type of convenience and grocery store attached to a small diner, an American Legion where I (Kendrick Brinson) photographed 9 women in their 60-80s exercising, and a gun shop.
A brochure made by the Lebanon Hub Club about Lebanonâ€™s claim to fame as being the Center of the 48 States reads:
â€śThe Simple Life in the Middle of the USA: Smith County offers a lifestyle rooted in raising crops, nurturing families, building community relationships, and open spacesâ€¦. Smith County offers a quiet life with beautiful sunsets in an area where neighbors know their neighbors.â€ť
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