National Geographic : 2016 Jul
Smartphone Americana 129 On a rainy night in Des Moines, state fairgoers stroll past refreshment stands (left). When I was a little boy, my parents opened a food stall—where they sold beef sandwiches called Maid-Rites—in this exact spot. In nearby Adel, my niece plays on a homemade waterslide during a Fourth of July party. My sister and her family live on a gravel road just a couple of miles from where we grew up. Photographing these places from my past feels both strange and appropriate. Maybe you can go home again.