In this book, James Evans records the landscapes and the people of the Big Bend in all their beauty, harshness, and character. Images such as “South Rim with Agave,” “Eyes of the Chisos,” and “The Road to Candelaria” capture the distances, openness, and rough loveliness that draw people to this remote part of the Texas-Mexico border. Evans’s photographs of people—legendary ranchwoman Hallie Stillwell, Kickapoo girls at a ceremonial dance, national park superintendent Ross Maxwell, school boys in Boquillas, Mexico, to mention only a few—show a deeply felt, but anti-sentimental understanding of his Big Bend neighbors. Other images, such as “Snake and Jesus,” “Drug Blimp,” and “Rope-O-Matic” reveal the whimsical, offbeat sensibility that sets Evans apart from others who have photographed the Big Bend.
Also included are equally distinctive “Notes and Stories,” in which Evans talks about how he came to photograph each particular person and each place and what they mean to him.