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The allure of a Texas river… Photography

Ideas, like large rivers, never have just one source.- Willy Ley
I have always been drawn to rivers. Near them, I can be alone with my thoughts and yet still connected with the rest of the planet. It’s all tied to my youth, and much time spent splashing around in streams, skipping stones and camping with my family, most often near some stretch of serene river.

The feeling of being connected and yet all alone is still with me today, and rivers have become one of my favorite photographic challenges as well.

I have spent much of the last 25 years bouncing back and forth between Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, personally, professionally and musically. In my travels I try to avoid the mind numbing Interstate experience in favor of Texas Highway 281 and the towns and scenes along that path. Recently I took these shots of the Pedernales and Blanco rivers in the Texas Hill Country, compiling a collection of images for a video to the song The Flood by Trace Relations.

Pedernales River, LBJ Ranch, Texas

Pedernales River, LBJ Ranch, Texas


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I hope you enjoy this glimpse of these fine Texas spots, listen to the song as you peruse, would love to know what you think. How do these images make you feel? What images does this song conjure up for you?

LISTEN: The Flood by Trace Relations on ReverbNation

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Blanco State Park, Texas Photo by Trace

Blanco State Park, Texas: I loved how the wind has shaped the branches of this tree by the river. It naturally frames the scene, all I do is try to capture the moment.
Photo by Trace

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.

Heraclitus

Alone with the river.

Alone with the river.

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Always been drawn to contrasting textures in the frame, could not pass on the peeling paint juxtaposed with the water here.

Always been drawn to contrasting textures in the frame, could not pass on the peeling paint juxtaposed with the water here.


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Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. - Norman Maclean

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. – Norman Maclean

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If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.

Enoch Powell

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Trace. Photo by: Rick Moore

Trace. Photo by: Rick Moore

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio release “Prosperity Street” “12 tracks of Texas groove, guaranteed to improve your mood.”
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posted by Tracy Ready in Travel,TV – FILM – VIDEO – PHOTO and have Comments (4)

4 Responses to “The allure of a Texas river… Photography”

  1. Emily Blase says:

    Love it, and I know a best friend who is a river girl at heart and I’m passing this on to her! Thanks, Emily

  2. Tracy Ready says:

    Thanks Emily, really appreciate your kind comments and the sharing… sorry to have missed you guys this past weekend. cheers Trace

  3. Tara says:

    you reminded me that Graves, Goodbye to a River has been calling to me from my bookshelf…

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