Here in Canada, when we think about Texas we think cowboys with had guns shooting at each other, we imagine a person accidentally crossing someone’s land and getting shot for it. we think overland refugees getting massacred at the US-Mexico border lines. We think about big overweight rich men wearing white suits and driving the latest DODGE RAM model with long horns attached to the front hood. Of course television and the news have a lot to do with the image we have of that lone star state. While all that could have some truth, the fact is I came accros very friendly people always ready to engage in some conversation, always ready to open the door for you and if you catch their eyes they will smile or at least shake their heads in recognition or acknowledgement that you are there.
I couldn’t compose any photographs of the people in any of the towns I visited I felt like I was the only living boy in Texas wandering the streets feeling almost like it is not something that was done. OK so the temperature was in the high 40 degres (43-46) so one would not stand and walk around too long but still in the heart of downtown Abilene there was not a soul in sight. I had every town to myself so at a very slow paste, mainly because I didn’t have anything to drink, I took photographs so here are some of them. So if you’re ever in Texas, smile and enjoy.
In Texas, like many other US states, it seems like they abandon their downtowns and let them go to ruins and build around them the new plazas with all the American chains we see identical to every other towns. like they keep the history or simply don’t waist money on deconstructing. Well it makes for nice places for photography.