Book: Texas As I See It - An Intentionally, But Only Slightly, Twisted View of the Lone Star State by Warren Paul Harris
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Warren Paul Harrisabout this book: After four years of travel across the Lone Star State in search of the minutiae that makes this state unique, the first in a series of at least 4 coffee table books on Texas was complete. Published in November 2011, Texas As I See It is distributed by over 50 resellers across the state and available directly from the book's website http://texasasiseeit.net/ for shipping anywhere in the world.
Texas As I See It, endorsed by Ebby Halliday and the Sheriff of Collin County, contains 204 vividly enhanced images of the Great State of Texas and spans 160 pages. Each photo is accompanied by descriptive copy and in many cases the history of the subject.
The author, Warren Paul Harris, has an extensive bio which can be found on his website: http://www.warrenharris.net/wphbio.html
In 2006 I had an epiphany that caused me to pick up my camera and re-evaluate the world around me.
I realized I had been sleepwalking through my surroundings for twenty years. I had "seen" but not been "connected" to my world for a very long time. Some serious introspection resulted in the following observations:
As we all grow older, I feel we lose touch with the child within us and become jaded, missing the new, magical and wondrous nature of our surroundings that mystifies and fascinates our children. Spend some time observing a toddler and you will find they are like sponges with sneakers, absorbing every bit of their environment, asking limitless questions of their elders and peers and filing it all away for future reference. Every second of every day, they are learning new things and coming to grips with their surroundings. As adults, we tend to lose our sense of wonder, having long ago filed away everything we see. Now, I try to preserve in myself the childlike wonder one sees in small children as they explore their new world. I consciously take the time daily to appreciate my surroundings and examine the minutiae that make up the world around me. With this viewpoint in mind, the images I produce are my attempt to present the magical nature of our surroundings in a manner so unique as to seem "new" again.
I suppose I see myself as half photojournalist, half historian and half artist. Wait... Math was never my strong suit. Is that right?
As a photojournalist, I'm trying to tell the individual story of each scene or subject I portray. Each unique object has it's own place in the universe and a story associated with the time and space it occupies.
The history of our environment needs to be preserved and I find myself attempting to accomplish exactly that with many of my images, especially where grave sites and desolate subjects are concerned. Since much of this will succumb to decay at some point, I would like to do my part in preserving these objects for future generations.
As an artist I strive to create artistic statements and, frequently resort to altered reality to convey the qualities that drew me to the subject in the first place. The essence of the person, place or thing that attracted me to it originally, is what I strive to illustrate via manipulation and creative control.
My influences range from O. Winston Link, Richard Avedon, Vargas, Maxfield Parrish and Andy Warhol to the advertising geniuses who have shaped our culture over the last fifty years.
I hope my work moves you to see your surroundings with new eyes, explore it as a child and appreciate your world as someone who has been given a second chance at life.
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Video: A small sampling of the images included in volume 1 of Texas As I See It - a large format photo book
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