Featured Photographer: Christopher Woods

Photo Credit: Linda Woods

Artist’s Statement

I was a writer long before I ever thought of being a photographer. Oh, I had always loved photographs, but since I was already a writer, I thought that was vice enough. Then, after a cancer diagnosis and during a lengthy chemotherapy treatment period, my wife Linda, a fine equine photographer, gave me one of her old cameras. And I thought, why not? My life was so unpredictable at that point, so I went ahead and began taking pictures. I had put it off for so long. Because I spend much of my time in rural Texas, I began taking pictures of the land, the people and the places around me.

These particular images are of children and animals. In these photographs, children seem to be wondering about the world around them. I like to think these images are like relics from that special time of innocence and wonder, and perhaps magic. I also feel a special admiration for the animal world. Remember, we have domain over them. One hopes we can be responsible and do the right thing for them.

Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. His published works include a novel, The Dream Patch, a prose collection, Under A Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His short fiction has appeared in many journals including The Southern Review, New Orleans Review and Glimmer Train. He conducts private creative writing workshops in Houston. His photography can be seen at his online gallery.