Ineffable Texas

Fading Memories

"Fading Memories"

I’ve been asked, “Why focus your photography on Texas?” Texas is only one focus of my photography, but it undoubtedly the main focus.

Texas is steeped in rich history. Here you will find traditions that were generations in the making. Traditions that flow from the ethnic cultures of Texas’s native inhabitants and those that followed, beginning with the Spanish until today no country goes unrepresented. Each is a Texan.

In Texas you will find towns built upon those traditions and vistas that speak to the wonderlust and wanderlust of those first intrepid souls, and of those who followed over the years. And sadly, much of this "ineffable Texas" is vanishing.

The Depression Era photographer, Walker Evans, spoke of a style of photography that he called, “lyrical documentary.” Evans broke with the strict logic of documentary photography to seek to capture both ethos and pathos in his work. He wrote that he wanted to photograph that ineffable sense which differentiates one place from another, one person from another. Such a style is more poetic, more fictional, than a photo-journalistic document. It is descriptive, yet it describes some sense that lies below the surface. It is also more personal, and perhaps, even more honest than the traditional photo documentary.

In my photography of Texas it is the pervasive influence of place, and the people who have embraced the hand they’ve been dealt and out of it have crafted a place for themselves that stirs my emotion and draws the camera to my eye. My desire in my photography is to capture the particularities and peculiarities that give ‘place’ a sense of place, those particularities and peculiarities that are manifested simultaneously, past and present.