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Road Trippin’ the South this Summer, Come along?

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
- Martin Buber, Philosopher (1878 – 1965)

My wife Lauren and I love a road trip. It suits us. I have flown thousands of miles in my career, and much prefer driving the back roads than sitting in an airport, any day. She is in total agreement. We enjoy the time together, stopping where we want, when we want; the adventure of being on the road, with only a brief outline of the trip planned.

We like photography, local history, small towns, back roads, nature, good food, live music and quirky roadside attractions; the more unexpected, the better.

hittin' the road...

hittin’ the road…


This summer we’ll be headed through Texarkana, Texas, then east through Arkansas and Tennessee to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville, North Carolina. Coming home, we’ll take a southern swing back to Texas through Mississippi and Louisiana.

The truth is, we have no idea what we’ll find along the way, only that we plan to enjoy every moment.

Come along? We’ll be posting photos to Twitter and Instagram throughout the road trip. We welcome suggestions for places we might like to visit.
Thanks for tuning in… Trace

Updates and Images from our road trip through the South:

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Confessions of an Instagram Junkie. Why I love “in the moment” Photography

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First video from the series: Vanishing Texas Photography
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Confessions of an Instagram Junkie. Why I love “In the moment” photography

I admit it. I am an Instagram junkie. Why? Because it’s “in the moment” photography, quite different from my career in television and video production, which is all about having a plan (and a budget) for production that achieves a specific goal for the client. Instagram is about seeing something interesting and being able to capture and share it quickly.
Instagram is fun for me because it encourages spontaneity of thought in composition and speedy interaction with others about your image. All of the images in this post were created with very little forethought. The ability to apply a filter, enhance the image and post it to your network all within five minutes of having the first idea of the image frees up my creative energy. I hope you enjoy these photos, I enjoy snapping them… Follow me -> Instagram: tracetvfilm

Related Post: Road Trippin’ the South this Summer

Stoned? This planter sits next to my chair on our back patio. One morning I just decided it would make a nice frame. Art? I don’t know, you decide.

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“Vanishing Texas” Photography and Jazz: Finding Beauty in Decay

Old abandoned buildings. Rusty stuff. Forgotten roads. Burned out roofs. As a photographer, I’ve been drawn to places of past dreams, forgotten ambitions, lives lived and gone. When I see them I think of what may have transpired there. And I find beauty in the decay.
Vanishing Texas:
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Help me keep the wheels on the road with a small donation, here:
Vanishing Texas Photography at Gofundme.com

Every little bit helps, and donors receive a free copy of the debut Trace Relations CD “Prosperity Street”
“12 tracks of Texas Groove guaranteed to improve your mood.”
Thanks, Trace

The unprotected scene
There are plenty of buildings designated as “Historic Sites” by the state of Texas, that are preserved and protected from demolition. What intrigues me are the OTHERS. In small towns and in the cities, there are thousands of other buildings, that may not have any protection. They are pieces of America left to be weathered by the elements, eventually to be destroyed or simply disintegrate. These are the places that are vanishing from the landscape, slowly, over time. Whenever I pass them, I think “Who lived (or died) here?” “What dreams and aspirations did they have?” “What drama unfolded here?” And I know that the next time I pass by, these spots may no longer exist. These are the scenes of “Vanishing Texas”. Read more…

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Top 7 Posts: Balancing Creativity, Business and Social Media

As a writer, photographer and Internet geek, it’s always thought provoking for me to look at Google Analytics on this site. Each week, this tool reveals which posts have gotten the most traffic, causing me to think about the content, and which topics are resonating with readers.

all about these things....

all about these things….


My life as a freelancer in video production, music and marketing is a constant balancing act, between time spent on speculative creative projects, paying clients, social media interaction and evaluating new technologies. I enjoy all of it, but it can get overwhelming to the psyche. That’s why I write about these topics, it helps me to further explore, understand and interact with others who also face similar challenges in life.

I also like to laugh (it’s important!), so I am glad to see #4 “Church Ladies with Typewriters” made the list…

Here’s the list (with links) of the Top 7 Posts from The Social Freelancer ™ blog this week:
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1. Three Reasons to “Like” Twitter over Facebook

2. The Creative Quandry: When Finances Battle Art

3. Review: Exploring Storify, cool new content creation tool

4. Funny! Church Ladies with Typewriters

5. Four Tips for Surviving Social Media

6. Reaching Out: Why Good Content is Not Enough

7. The allure of a Texas River… Photography and Music

Which is your favorite? Why?
Please comment below this post. Thanks for tuning in! ~ Trace
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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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