'In a small town in 1960s Texas, a misfit teenage dreamer named Steve strums at a guitar with the hope of one day cutting a record and escaping a destiny of ranching or drilling oil. When his only friend Cassie, a black girl from a neighbouring school, goes missing, Steve is forced to confront the racial prejudice of his small town and the involvement of his own family in kidnapping and murder.'
Lone Stars is the second instalment of an ongoing exploration of the Southern Gothic crime genre by British artist Matt Henry, which will form part of his second book to be released early 2018. While the first instalment, Born on the Bayou, took him to New Orleans and the surrounding swampland of Louisiana, the latest chapter of 22 images was shot across the state of Texas, from the cowboying terrain of Alpine, to the weirdness of Marfa, to the liberal enclave of Austin, and many small towns in between.
"In terms of photographic history, my travels are much like the classic road trips of Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Lee Friedlander, Jacob Holdt, and Stephen Shore, and many others. But approaching the format from a fictional perspective, with a cast of actors, a producer, make up and hair, and a number of stills making up a linear story; it's much more unknown territory. This makes the format interesting in itself; I'm sourcing talent from (and emulating the techniques of) the movie industry, of which I have little knowledge, and they're participating in the creation of something that's also fairly alien to them."