The Digital Journalist
Selected photos from Michael O'Brien's The Face of Texas.
© Michael O'Brien

John A. Matthews (Albany, 2002) - John A. Matthews has ranching deep in his bones, and even when he's not working, his favorite pasttime is not going into town for amusement, but loading his .22 and calling his dogs for a walk around the pastures.

"My grandparents came out here in the 1850s," he said. "This place - West Texas - sort of vaccinates you. It's a way of life; it gets into your blood."