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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Chad Smith

SPE Member since 2012
Member Chapter: South Central

Native Texans

The Native Texan series of photographs are an anthropological look at the bleak but aesthetic beauty of the everyday scenes along the roadways of Southwest Texas. Having made photographs from along the side of the road every since I started to drive, my images typically capture the coexistence of natural features with the “Native” man-made disturbances. Growing up in Southwest Texas, the union of the flat landscape and the big sky has always been an important part of my visual vernacular. My photography also has an ongoing stimulation from the photographs of Jeff Brouws, whose work “captures the social experience and cultural relevance of classic American iconography” and the writing of D.W. Meinig, an American geographer who states a landscape is "composed of not only what lies before our eyes but what lies within our heads."

Metal Storage Building (Jeff Davis County)

Farm House at Christmas (Howard County)

Oil Field Storage Building (Upton County)

Mission Mary, Calera, TX (Reeves County)

Small Firework Stand, McCamey,TX (Upton County)

Cowboy Mural, Gas Station, Mentone, TX

Lila's Snackateria, Balmorhea, TX (Reeves County)

Old Gro. Store, Valentine, TX (Jeff Davis County)

Barber Shop, Caf, Valentine, TX (Jeff Davis County)

Mural of Race Horse, Hwy 90 in (Jeff Davis County)

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