Deep East Texas
Photography by David H. Gibson
Foreword by Thomas W. Southall, Curator of Photography, Amon Carter Museum
Introduction by Laurence C. Walker, Dean Emeritus, Stephen F. Austin State University
David Gibson discovered Caddo Lake, the South’s largest lake, in 1970, and from there branched out to much more of Deep East Texas, his camera always in hand. He discovered what he callsspecial places, with incredible details, throughout his legendary region of quiet beauty. Gibson photographs in parks, along coutry roads and on the land of one-time strangers who became friends and allowed him to roam their land. His photographs are not of people, but there is no mistaking their presence in roads, fences and building ruins. And it is clear that he was continually inspired by the pageant of light, sound and smell.
Thomas Southall tells how Gibson’s photographs encourage viewers to appreciate simple details in nature that might often go unnoticed, from delicate tree branches to a magnificent old stump. All this in a land cherished but perhaps taken for granted because its features are subtle, not grandiose. Laurence Walker describes for the mind’s eye what the region looked like to pioneers two centuries agotrees for houses, trees rich with fruit, streams and lakes, black bear and rattlesnakes; later, a lumberman’s dream, a nation’s resourcein war and peaceyet a land that has survived the swing of the axe, as well as natural disasters.
Out of print