From Texas 100 - Selections from the El Paso Museum of Art: Border Baby (Elliot Mesa) For the past 28 years, James Evans has photographed the landscape of the Big Bend region of Texas and the resilient people who live there. Each photograph by Evans reflects his belief that he is "a portrait photographer living in a beautiful landscape". His landscape work is documentary as it captures reality in a personal way through details like a clothesline with goat skins hung to dry or a train crossing the desert under an isolated rain storm. His portraiture, on the other hand, reveals Evans' uncanny ability to photograph his subjects in a manner that echoes the character of the wide open country. Evans "Border Baby" is a direct depiction of an unnamed baby living in the border town of Boquillos, Mexico. The interplay of the sleeping baby and the stuffed animals attached to the wall above poetically suggest the sweet dreams of the child, but the decrepit state of the bedroom implies the dreams may be all the child ever knows. In addition to black-and-white, landscape, and portrait photography, Evans has created a series a psychological, still life portraits photographs involving objects, animals and insects such as snakes, tarantulas, and scorpions. His most recent work is a bit more abstract and concerns the movements of stars in the night skies juxtaposed with artificially lit elements from the desert landscape below. Evans was born in West Virginia, grew up in New Jersey and Philadelphia before moving to Marathon Texas in 1988. Prior to devoting himself to his artwork, Evans photographed for many nationally published magazines. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas Austin The Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican photography, as well as many private collections.