As a seventh-generation Texan, I was born in El Paso and spent much of my childhood in the Chihuahuan Desert. While I reside and was educated in the United States, south of the border in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico is where I learned how to live. I consider myself a Tejano. As a child, I spent nearly a quarter of my time in Gomez Palacio at my maternal grandparent’s home. During my visits, I spent a considerable amount of time at my grandfather’s maquiladora—in English, clothing assembly plant. This is where I learned how to interact cross-culturally, the value of process, and ethics; skills that I has been able to lend to my photography career.
I chose to travel west with this project primarily because I relocated with my parents to Houston, eventually settling in Austin with my two children. I desired to go back to West Texas to visit my past—to visit where I grew up in El Paso County, where I explored areas west of the Pecos and the roads I remember traveling.
Texas, photographed mostly in and around the Big Bend region, gave me the opportunity to express my individuality in my photos. This project allowed me to escape ‘forecasted,’ predictable photography—something I hadn’t gotten to do since I began shooting portrait and commercial photography. I didn’t have any boundaries. I could represent the backyard where I grew up in a way that was purely unique to me. If someone likes it, cool! If someone doesn’t, then that’s fine too. I just hope you do.
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