As a photographer for some 20 years, I have captured Texas’ people and places on numerous occasions, but my passion lies in shooting our wide-open spaces. I’ve photographed in the Hill Country and the Big Bend, on the High Plains and the Gulf Coast, and I still experience a fresh sense of awe every time I turn my lens to the state’s great outdoors.
One of the things I have always loved about landscape photography is that at first glance, the scene looks static—essentially frozen in time—but in fact, the vista is alive, an ever-changing organism. It’s hard to just look at a good landscape photograph; you want to look into it.
On the following pages, some of our frequent photographic contributors share their favorite wide-open spaces, and as Texas Highways’ new photography editor, I’ve included a memorable panorama of my own. These visuals tell a story, a shared interaction between the photographer, the viewer, and the land. There truly is no better place than Texas to have that experience.