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Nov 17, 2017
Last year and this year I had dozens of people ask for a calendar. To be honest, I have no clue what I am doing for the most part in this crazy art career. Before turning to art, I did social work legal work. Nothing to do with art or marketing. I did go to Amarillo College which I love and there was some education but mostly it was technical about computer graphics issues and camera work. As I turn from the kinds of things that most people think of when they think what a photographer does (portraits, weddings etc.) I am finding I have far more in common with my artist friends than I do with my friends who are professional photographers. Emmm so how do I make a calendar and print it?
I started by asking other people who did what they did. One big question I always ask in any project is what were the problems they faced. One thing about modern culture, the wheel has been invented time and time again. Most of the time, someone did it, did it well and is willing to offer lots of free advice.
Even with the advice, I had a ton of decisions to make. Starting with what photos. I have millions to choose from. How do I narrow that down? Then what company to go to, how to take money, how to ship. On and on and on. Stuff I never did in social work or the legal world. And it was more complex than I imagined. Next year I will have it pretty well down because this year I made every mistake possible. But I loved doing it. It is so neat to be able to go to a home or business and see my work on the wall in a calendar.
This image is one of my favorites. It was taken during the moonrise of one of last year’s super moons. Here is a secret if you are a photographer. The super moon itself isn’t worth shooting and in fact, will give you fits. You see it’s not even a fingernail larger. What it is, is brighter. That brightness will actually work slightly against you in photographing it. What is pure magic for the photographer is the landscape. WOW, does it light up the world in magical ways that allow for new and interesting photographs.
This mesa sits in the bottom of Tule Canyon. Its iconic feature speaks to the old west. In this canyon, Col. MacKenzie, killed Quanah Parker’s horses and broke the spirit of the Comanche ending the Red River Wars. When I sit here at night, I am not but a little sad and amazed at how close I sit to such historical events. Cowboys and Indians isn’t just a kids game in the Texas Panhandle, it’s our history.
So I often find myself here. I love photographing it, partially because the feature plays well under the Texas sky and makes for wonderful images. But more than that, I love feeling close to the land, the spirit and the events that make my part of the world so unique.
It might also speak to my obsessive side. I have hundreds if not thousands of photos of this feature. Snow, sunsets, sunrises, thunderstorms, spring, summer, fall, and winter. The photographer/artist wants to see it in the most interesting, beautiful fashion possible and then share that.
YouTube, I would love for you to follow me there also!
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