MIDLAND, Texas — Art has always been in E. Dan Klepper's life.
This West Texas resident's 10-year portfolio called "Contemporary West" is on display in Midland until next month.
The exhibit gives traditional photography a modern art spin.
The focus: life and landscape in West Texas.
It all stemmed from Klepper's fascination with old western films as a kid.
"Watching those movies, I would think wow, I could just take anything from this landscape and if I photographed it right or if I could photograph it in a way that was convincing and dramatic enough, then I could make my own western reality," Klepper said.
Some of these western realities captured are in our own backyard.
"The drive in movies are actually the Big Sky Drive-In in Midland," Klepper said.
Or this West Texas gem...the Ector Theater.
"It was just like this wow moment when I looked at that and I thought when Elvis was really touring at the time, this is probably exactly what this street corner looked like," Klepper said.
Each location a mainstay in our community, now on display.
"Seeing art, there's just a huge difference in the way that art can reach out to you and say something to you and move you," Klepper said.
Klepper's vision, a reminder of how beautiful our home is.