White Horizon, a portfolio by photographer Michael G. Zimmerer, captures the Midwest after a major snowstorm.

The series was shot across the American West, and plays heavily on its iconography.

The large-format photographs show us the world in a thousand of shades of white, with just a smattering of reds and browns that hint at the landscape hibernating below.

Zimmerer was born and raised in Florida, so snow was likely scarce. White Horizon conveys the wonder of seeing the world disappear under a thick blanket of frost.

Another image from White Horizon shows the dirt and land peeking through a snow bank.

A stand of trees.

Zimmerer’s photographs employ a hundred shades of white, with sky and land bleeding into each other.

Moss-covered stones look almost alien amidst so much white.

Ghostly skeletons of trees stand out against the white haze of snow.

Check out more of Zimmerer’s work on his website.

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Magnificent Images Of A Perfect Snowfall On The Prairie

Miami photographer Michael Zimmerer photographs the post-snowstorm Midwest.

My childhood memories of snow—in rural Alberta and Pennsylvania—are magical. My adult memories? Not so much. Living in a city has its perks, but trundling through a layer cake of ice, McDonald’s wrappers, and rat droppings isn’t one of them.

Michael G. Zimmerer’s White Horizon documents that elusive, perfectly white snow. Shot over the course of a trip across the American West, the large-format photographs show us the world in a thousand shades of white, with just a smattering of reds and browns that hint at the landscape hibernating below.

Zimmerer was born and raised in Florida, so he didn’t see much snow growing up. He explains White Horizon as a “simple, almost naive” celebration of the nature of place. "I found photography has helped me love landscapes and place more than anything," he says over email. "My work ranges from telling the story of an elegant land turned dark and decrepit, to the discovery of self, and how easily so many of us lose in ourselves that which seems impossible to really lose." For a hayseed-turned-city-dweller like myself, they’re simply beautiful images that recall a kind of snow rarely found in a metropolis.

Check out more of Zimmerer’s work on his website.

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