Ranging from urban to rural scenes, these images remind us that the personal and cultural mythologies of the American West — and maybe especially Texas — have long been romanticized and shaped by images, including movies as well as photographs.
While exploring a city or neighborhood, I create thousands of individual photographs and then digitally manipulate, assemble and re-assemble these photographs to create new images. Each image is typically made from tens to hundreds of bits and pieces of different photographs. Some of the images depict completely imaginary places. Some act more like visual hyperbole — a legend or tall tale — where I have recreated and embellished a scene I actually saw.
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