Having heralded the beauty and mystic of the Lone Star State for over thirty years it is safe to say that I have a pretty good idea of the personality and aura that describes Texas and how to convey it to the readership. Or at least I hope I do!! With so much diversity throughout the state as well as private land offering countless “one of a kind” subjects for consideration, I never tire of the photographic endeavor to describe the land, sky, people, weather and wildlife in this huge state, a land mass that was once a country in its own right.
Some years ago I traveled extensively to various regions of our America and into Mexico with the intent of covering one aspect or another in the targeted areas. Some of these excursions were for magazine assignments while others were for file images to secure potential future editorial sales. I always enjoyed my time spent in other places but yearned to return to my native Texas and its plethora of subjects available. About 20 years ago I realized what a treasure trove of subjects that I had at hand in the Lone Star State so decided to “pull in my horns” and concentrate all efforts on what my native land offered, a decision that I never regretted.
In about 2004 I was commissioned to do some extensive photographic coverage on a private ranch in the great state of Wyoming. Like Texas, it is a land of big ranches, oceanic skies, and great vistas so I thrilled at the opportunity to once more travel to a new place where I could ply my creative skills to a good end. For weeks this work continued and many useful and attractive images were attained throughout this time frame. When that work was done I once again focused the cameras on the land and life in my home state.
Only a few months ago I was again contacted by the ranch owner in Wyoming and a request was made for me to create a hard cover book on the same ranch I had covered some years before. I was elated at the prospects and looked forward to another golden opportunity to see and photograph such a splendid example of the Cowboy State.
Throughout the three decades of working with a camera I have found that when traveling to a new region my expectations become peaked and I look forward to seeing and offering the new subjects in a way that defines my personal style. Such is the way of artists throughout the world. Instead of horizontal plains and prairie rivers my intent in Wyoming are the rugged northern mountains, cold winters, big skies and the indigenous wild creatures quite foreign to my Texas.
Although this project is in its infant stages, I offer here a small sample of what has already been created. Welcome to the great state of Wyoming and its many faces from the perspective of a Texan.