“This project began when I was cooped up in Chicago. As a native Texan, I missed the big sky of my youth and so set out on the road with no goal other than photographing the expanse of West Texas.

Patterns emerged after a few trips; I began to view the boom and bust cycle of Western and Panhandle Texas as a never-ending loop. Something is built in the middle of nowhere and nature eventually destroys it. Strike oil, build town, create a community, oil bust, destroy a community. Repeat and repeat. Yet people keep going at it.

At the same time, I saw a visual beauty in the space and the objects against the space. Like those who tried to build out there, I am trying to impose a photographic composition onto untameable openness. To little avail but I keep going at it.

These are not pretty pictures. Too many people do that well. For me, honky tonks and train tracks are beauty. I prefer an abandoned car dealership over a beautiful sunset.”

Al Oliver
February 2013

prada-marfa-bw-sunset“Prada Marfa” $1,525.00 framed 26w x 21″h
Screen Shot 2013-02-09 at 4.08.35 PM“Claude Train” $1,525.00 framed 21w x 26″h
Screen Shot 2013-02-09 at 4.09.27 PM“Tulia Grain” $1,525.00 framed 26w x 21″h
Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 12.14.28 PM“Bellhop” $1,525.00 framed 26w x 21″h