We see a wide shot of the Arizona desert. A man in a dirty suit and a red cap goes through it, while we listen to Ry Cooder’s slide-guitar notes. His name is Travis Henderson and that’s how “Paris, Texas” starts. Wenders’ film shows us through the eyes of Travis, a vast quiet landscape with striking images that sometimes are disconcerting and at others, pleasant. Landscapes full of emptiness, strange beauty and meaningful colors that made a deep impact on me. “Paris, Texas” left me with a disturbing sense of peace.
Since then, I’ve been feeling the urge to look for those mundane landscapes that had become borrowed memories. Empty streets, random corners, abandoned gas stations, dim motels, old luminous signs, endless tracts of land. White walls, red rocks and blue skies with which to create my own memories.
“Who is Travis Henderson?” is my endeavor to rekindle the uneasy calm I felt, while I yearn to go back to those places again.
Martin Steinbeck (UPIFC)
MARTIN STEINBECK. born in 1976, is a photographer based in Barcelona member of the Sindicat de la Imatge UPIFC from 15·02·2012 with PRESS card number 1202671. He writes humor scripts for television.
Steinbeck is especially attracted to apparently banal scenes. His passion for photography comes from a very young age, but it was not until 2008 that he began to dedicate himself regularly. At first, he focused his work on street photography, inspired by photographers such as Joel Meyerowitz, Alex Webb, Martin Parr, or the In-Public collective, among others. During that time, he won some prizes and participated in several group exhibitions.
In 2014, he decided to move away from the frenetic pace of the street photography towards a more contemplative one. Influenced by great photography masters such as Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Alec Soth or Robert Adams, Martin Steinbeck’s photography emphasizes not only what you see but also how you see it.