A Photographic Journey of the Trail
You are about to travel 2,500 miles, from Mission San Juan Bautista Guerrero, Mexico to Fort St. Jean Baptiste Nachitoches Parish, Natchitoches, Louisiana—all along El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail—experiencing the trail through 30 selected images (in progress).
Christopher Talbot, Professor of Photography at Stephen F. Austin State University, took over 300 images, 30 of which were selected for this traveling exhibit. "I have always been interested in landscape and man's connection to it. When I learned that a segment of the historic El Camino Real passes through my property, I was drawn to learn about the road and to photograph its remnants. As I got to know the trail, I came to realize what an amazing piece of history it is. The overlapping historic and modern uses of the trail are the subject of this work." said Talbot.
The first showing was in the Rockdale Public Library, Texas on Thursday October 21, 2010 and it ended at the University of Texas, Austin in September 2011.
This exhibit was made possible through the Challenge Cost Share Program in cooperation with Stephen F. Austin State University.
Did You Know?
El Camino Real de los Tejas and the Old San Antonio Road, now a national historic trail, served as an avenue for continuity and change, bringing cultural innovations into Texas from the north, as it had earlier brought Spanish-Mexican institutions from the south.