Hillingdon Ranch: Four Seasons, Six Generations chronicles how one family has worked together over many years to keep their ranch intact. It is also a beautifully photographed portrait of a ranching family and their life in the Texas Hill Country, where work is guided by the seasons, increasingly influenced by technology, and inevitably affected by drought.
Open October 9, 2013 through Nov. 11, 2013
The images captured by Hillingdon Ranch coauthor David Langford depict seasonal views of the sprawling, 13,000-acre family ranch on the outskirts of Comfort, Texas.
Published by Texas A&M University Press, Hillingdon Ranch is a beautifully photographed portrait of a ranching family and their life in the Texas Hill Country. The book chronicles what the Gile’s family’s efforts mean to the rest of us: food, fiber, clean air, wildlife, healthy land, peace and quiet and, perhaps most of all, clean and plentiful water.
The book has received critical praise from Mrs. Laura Bush, Former First Lady of Texas and the U.S.; Nolan Ryan, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, rancher, and former Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner; and George Strait, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and rancher.
Langford is the owner of Western Photography Company. His award-winning photographs have appeared in Smithsonian, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Texas Highways, The Cattleman, American West, Texas Monthly and other publications, worldwide. He lives on the Laurels Ranch, his piece of the Hillingdon family land.
Coauthor Lorie Woodward Cantu is president of Woodward Communications, a research, writing and public relations company specializing in agriculture and natural resource issues. Before starting her own business, Cantu was the assistant commissioner for communications at the Texas Department of Agriculture.