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Matthew Wright Steel’s photos explore farming and rural life in Texas

Matthew Wright Steel photography

Matt Wright-Steel was born and raised in the ‘Hubcity’ (Lubbock, Tx), the center of a vast wheel of rural communities that make their livelihoods at the unforgiving hand of soil and weather. He has a B.A. in Anthropology and currently works as an editorial photographer in Austin, Texas. Steel writes:

In the summer of 1989, at the age of eleven, I went to work with my neighbor and cotton farmer Mr. Heinrich. Starting at 5am each day, with a brown bag of sandwiches and a mug of coffee I received my education in agriculture. What became evident immediately was how hard a life farming was, the heavy machinery, crop disease, invasive plants, unpredictable weather, water or lack there of, and of course the sheer scale of the endeavor; the faces, the machines, the two-dimensional landscape, the isolation stuck with me.

In 2011, I returned home to try to visualize my meaning of home. Borrowing a quote about farm work from the diary of a Panhandle farmer, ‘from dawn to dark and back again’, is a exploration of farming and rural life through portraiture and visual sentiment.

Matthew Wright Steel photography

Matthew Wright Steel photography

Matthew Wright Steel photography

Matthew Wright Steel photography

Matthew Wright Steel photography

  • kim

    these are beautifully done. you make west texas look almost enticing.