Irons in the fire this year, and lots of fire. I proposed a project for the Tyler Art Museum called "100 Tylerites. I'm in full mortal combat with the shooting. Using roll film and Hasselblad. Nice to use old workhorse after a bit, though I did shoot some trail people at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon during AIR so it wasn't that dusty.
Woman with dog, Bright Angel Point Trail.
Some of ideas I think up and build out. Some I search and find. Every photo shoot always has a problem and a surprise in it, even careful plans. Hoping for delightful, never imagined images.
The shooting part isn't a problem, but the scheduling can be. Usually if subjects have a list of questions its a bad sign. I go for three cancellations, then move on down the list. Usually chasing about five people at a time, plus going where people are and winging it. Doing this all solo.
I'm shy, so I've learned to push through that: walking into birthday parties at the park, approaching people in grocery lines and stores. Judges, teachers, business folks, garbage men, sickbays, wanderers, neighbors. I missed catching a man with the most interesting and ugly face at Walmart last month.
So far, I'm in control of the list. I've warned the museum about the danger of having any influence on the list- folks will be mad they weren't on it. I'd rather them be mad at me than the museum. I do ask a few people for input, but most of it is folks I already know.
Shooting folks everyone knows, like the mayor and sheriff, but many people that are only known in their community. When I can, they are in a historical background that refers to the city. Captions will be one or two sentences, saying where who they are.
Averaging three rolls a day. Processing every few days. HP5 in Pyrocat on reels. Proofing out often and looking them over with cropping bars. Not cropping much if at all except by camera viewfinder.
Jamal Logan and grandfather.
Jamal Logan at swimming lesson.
Clowns at the park.
Linda, Cox's Grill.
Rusty Mitchum, Skunk Hollow.
Sherrie and daughter.
Doc Muckleroy at Doc Witt's house.
Gibert and Gus Ramirez.
Michael McClendon, Vintner.
Councilman Don Warren boarding the Red Line.
David Demic with Harry Jenkins.
Alan and Henry Bell at the Marsh House.
RobinHood Brians, recording studio.
Dennis Smith, TxDot, on Loop 49.
Staying with square format for matting. Printing 14X14 I think. So far just shooting and proofing, since tap water temp is 89 degrees. Showing proofs to museum on September 1st and wrapping shooting about November 1st.
Images getting a little bolder as I go along. The interior mind talk is complex. I'm pushing into what I don't know, doing things I don't do.
Mary Jane McNamera.
Mackenzie, Village Bakery.
Emma Grace at birthday.
Matt and Breck Watson, railroad depot.
Dr. Bob Peters, weatherman.
Joe Black, farmer.