If you’re a photography fan and have a love for all things Texas, the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council’s newest exhibit by Clifton McCrury is for you.
The exhibit is featuring Instagram photography from McCrury—a native of Stephenville and 2004 graduate from SHS—and is entitled ‘Visions of Texas.’ The exhibit will be up through Sept. 3 at the CTFAC’s River North Gallery.
“As an insurance adjuster in South Texas, Clifton travels the roads extensively as his photography reflects,” Julie Crouch, executive director of the CTFAC, wrote in an email. “We love that he used Instagram as a medium for his photography as it adds such a modern twist to this exhibit as folks continue to share their own experiences through social media.”
McCrury was a studio art major at Sam Houston State University, but started taking photos when he began his job traveling as an insurance adjuster.
“I travel all over the state of Texas and I wanted my family to see where I was and where they sent me. I just started taking photos on my phone,” McCrury said. “To be honest I wasn’t happy because they were on my Instagram and they couldn’t be blown up; they didn’t look good at all. But it was basically my job that made me start taking photos.”
His work captures unique images from the more desolate areas of Texas.
“I went through an antique shop once and there was a mannequin in a bath tub and I just thought was so weird, so I had to take a picture of that,” he said with a laugh.
McCrury enjoys the feeling of capturing a moment in time and being able to keep that forever.
“My grandmother recently passed away and we were going through her house and I saw all the photos she had, like pictures of her mother from the 20s and I just think it’s neat that you can save that image and that it’s somebody’s viewpoint,” he said.
Born and raised in Stephenville, McCrury enjoys being able to bring different pieces of Texas to his hometown.
After studying art, McCrury likes to keep his work objective to others by not labeling or describing the photo too much.
“I want the viewer to look at it and have it strike up a memory of something for them,” he said. “I don’t want to give it too much structure or information on what it is.”
McCrury says he doesn’t consider himself a photographer and if it wasn’t for his line of work, probably wouldn’t be taking photos like he does.
“I don’t know if I would have been hell-bent on taking photos if I had a different job,” he said. “I don’t think the pieces in the show would have been created, so I want to thank my company for giving me the life I have.”
McCrury’s works are for sale at the River North Gallery.