Witnessing A Transformation -
I was so excited to be a part of the road trip of a lifetime; I observed and captured two teenage boys become men right before my eyes. At the same time, I got the opportunity to see a part of America I have never seen before. Our journey felt like a screenplay out of one of those great road trip movies. My son, Sterling, and my nephew, Robert, worked as land men for a gas & oil company this summer. Their jobs were to take geophysical readings of specific areas throughout Kansas, Illinois and Kentucky using cutting edge technology. Every night they would send the data they had accumulated that day to their boss. They dealt with land owners, pulled ten hour work days in hot and humid climate, trekked through thick corn and tobacco fields while they battled ticks, spiders and even a herd of cattle, a horse and one protective donkey. For me this trip was a chance to do what I love to do, try and capture perfect moments with photography. Before this trip I had been busy with the business side of photography, making a web page and expanding my media outlets. This trip reminded me of why I became a photographer, freezing a moment in time is a surreal experience that nothing else can compete with. This amazing experience brought me back to my passion.
PREP SCHOOL RANCHERS -
My husband's family has a ranch just outside of Albany, TX. I have used the ranch as a backdrop for my photography for the last 20 years. As my children have gotten older so has their involvement in ranch. The R BAR (R-) Ranch has become a place of employment (without pay) rather than a weekend vacation place. Since my sons have entered high school, they and a few friends have developed an interest in working at the ranch, as well as, at another friend's ranch (just outside of Denton). For the last five years, I have been photographing my sons and their small group of friends working the ranch. They attend an all boys private college preparatory school in Dallas. They wear a blazer and tie every day to school.Their sport of choice is lacrosse, which is not a Texas Friday Night Lights kind of sport. It's sport that is growing in the south but it is still considered a north eastern sport. This story is not about city boys going to a ranch to hunt, fish and relax. This story is about these young men stepping out of their comfort zone and actually working for a purpose. They spend their free weekends, which are limited, to brand cattle, build cattle guards, plant rye grass, cutting and hauling mesquite trees and whatever else needs tending too.
You might tell yourself...this is not any different from boys working for their Eagle Scout badge or a robotics competition. These young men are not in it for recognition, a medal or a bullet point on their college application. Please, do not misunderstand me. I believe that anyone can find meaning their labor. This story is about a group of prep school boys who find value and pride working hard manually labor. Their daily life is so different from the one they find at there in the country. There have been many times I've photographed these boys and thought to myself it looks as if they are acting in a scene from the John Wayne movie "The Cowboys".
I'm very excited to announce that my photography will be on display at Zhen Music & Art Studio starting April 24th. There will be an opening reception at the studio from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The show is part of Zhen Wu's vision to combine two local artist, one a photographer and the other a painter. I am proud to be the photographer Zhen chose for the Spring art show called SCOPE. My photographs in the show are from my most recent projects.
I am also excited to share center stage with the talented painter Jack Smith. One can see Jack's masterful eye for detail in his vibrant, abstract and colorful acrylic paintings.