Palo Duro Canyon is 70 miles long and up to 1,000 feet deep. It means a lot of things to a lot of people; to photographer Jim Livingston it’s very special. Jim moved to Amarillo for a fresh start, with a camera in one hand and a cane in the other.
Jim Livingston says, “In my longer years i had broken my back in two different places, and i was actually suffering some real mobility issues, i was having a hard time walking. I was using a walker at home and out in public i was using a cane, and i could only be on my feet for about 45 minutes at a time. I started going to Palo Duro Canyon just because it was beautiful, and just going down there and driving around and looking and i’d get out and walk a little bit and I’d take a photograph or two and I’d go back to my car. What happened was i realized that while i had my camera in my hand i wasn’t as aware of the pain that was keeping me from walking.”
On one particular photo expedition, Jim found himself further than he had ever gone. And then it really hit him. He didn’t have the cane. Jim had found his place.
“It’s a place that’s just amazingly beautiful and it’s beautiful different every season, you know every season it brings out different colors and things like that, um, it’s kind of a church, almost.”
With so many trips in the books, Jim realized he had a growing collection of photos and decided to put together a series. The series tells you a lot about Jim.
Jim Livingston says, “The thing that i really try to do when i take a photograph, and then work with a photograph in Photoshop, is i try to show you what i was feeling and so for me, photography is the expression of what i was feeling at that particular moment.”
Jim’s love of the canyon is what he’s trying to spread. You can look at Jim’s work and know what it means to him, but what Jim really wants is for you to find out what Palo Duro Canyon means to you.
You can see Jim Livingston’s work at a showing July 15th. It’s at Chalice Abbey from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to Partners in Palo Duro Canyon, an organization helping keep the park beautiful. You can also see Jim’s work at