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Architectural element and the sky

The bright sun made the stucco slightly reflective. The black and white processing made the blue sky almost black.

Nothing happened to the satellite dish. As far as I know.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 4.11.2017

Breakdown

Yes, there I was, looking through another dusty window of another out-of-business restaurant.

How did that get to be a thing?

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 4.11.2017

So, this happened

The Buddy Holly Center, here in Lubbock, sponsors a biennial photography competition called Illuminance. Brett Erickson was the juror and he selected “A Musical View” as the theme of the show. His juror’s statement said, “Music and photography have been long linked; Ansel Adams frequently equated the variation in black and white images to the keys on a piano. Yet the relationship is more complicated and nuanced than the analogy implies, and this show invites photographers to explore the intercourse of tone, color, and image in all its powerful permutations.”

That was hard to understand, and it took me a while to to find images that felt musical to me, but that weren’t photos of music or musicians. I eventually settled on my entry, choosing a wider-than-normal set of photos that I thought met the spirit of the call for entries.

The results were announced last week.

This shot, from February, was awarded an honorable mention:

All But One – Lubbock, Texas

My photo that I made during the workshop with Sam Abell in February was awarded second place:

That One Particular Orange – Santa Monica, California

That very happy news was in the first email I got. Then later, another email arrived with even more news – that four more of my images had been accepted:

Light, where once was darkness – Jordan River, British Columbia

One Tree – Lubbock County, Texas

Cowboy, framed – Denver, Colorado

In the room of sorrows – Santa Fe, New Mexico

I am astonished and humbled by these selections for the show.

Now, it’s no secret here on the blog that Brett and I are good friends. But that’s not how I got into the show: he didn’t know who any of the photographers were, and in fact, didn’t even know until I told him last night how many of my images had been selected. His exact words were, “Dude, you got SIX in?” (He was kind enough to not say out loud, “Oh, no. I think I’ve made a terrible mistake.”) Seriously, though, my meeting Brett, first through our blogs and then through classes and shows, has been a pivotal part of my evolution as a photographer. He challenges me, and teaches me, and inspires me.

The show will be up from the first of June through July 22. If you’re in Lubbock, please stop by.

Breakfast run, in the fog

Around here, a foggy morning is sort of a treat. I had my camera with me because I had plans to get some photos along the route to work. This one wasn’t in the original plan, and I saw it at the very last minute before the light changed and traffic started to move. In fact, there wasn’t even enough time to roll down the window, which explains some of the odd, ghosty things in the image. At least, I think that explains them…

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.16.2017

Not even new releases could save it

It seems so archaic, thinking back on our old Friday night ritual of going to Blockbuster to try to find a movie to rent. One we’d both agree on. One we hadn’t already seen. One that was still on the shelf.

So it came down to this.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.31.2017

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