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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. Read more…

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Why I want to drive a Ford to “Vanishing Texas”

This old blue workhorse, my 2004 Ford Expedition has carried me in and out of some strange places. Now this one is heaving a sigh every time I turn the key. It occurred to me, wouldn’t Ford like to sponsor “Vanishing Texas”?

"Vanishing Texas" - Coleman, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Coleman, Tx.

My ongoing quest to document in pictures forgotten structures in Texas takes me to the edges of the state. My work in broadcast television and corporate video puts me in a lot of cities every year. What if I were to capture my truck in these varied locales and talk about it? Think that would be worth something to Ford?

Trace Relations say "Thanks!"

Trace Relations say “Thanks!”


Hashtag this on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #FordSocial #FordVanishingTX – Help me get their attention! Thank you.

Support this project: Put some gas in the tank of my Ford, get a copy of my CD “Prosperity Street” by Trace Relations as my thanks! It’s full of “Texas Groove, guaranteed to improve your mood” HERE:
Vanishing Texas Photography on Gofundme.com

"Vanishing Texas" - Coleman, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Coleman, Tx.

YES, it’s a real project. In my travels, I am all over the state of Texas. It’s my mission along the way to find and photograph as many of the scenes of “Vanishing Texas” that I can in the next 2 years. Meanwhile, I will be releasing more youtube videos, posting photos to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram, and stories on this blog. I hope to culminate the whole deal with a book of photographs and stories from the road in 2017.

What I need is a sponsor and Ford Trucks would be a natural fit, in my mind. Read more…

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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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The Thing About Obstacles: We can’t make them go away…

The thing about obstacles is that they will always be there. Sometimes the obstacle is something lurking in the shadows, sometimes they are smack in front of you in a glaring light. No matter how much money we make or power we gain, for most of us, there is a desire for something “more” or something “new.” As long as that desire exists, there will be someone or something in the way, an obstacle to achievement.

Whether you want a greater understanding of God, a new car or just a new pair of shoes, there’s always an obstacle.

Uh oh... small problem... photo courtesy NCWpics.com


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Heading to Hong Kong. What Should I See?

The life of a freelance video professional is a strange one, no doubt. It’s “feast or famine” as the old saying goes. Financially, it was a dreadful ending to 2010 and a sluggish awakening of the business starting this year. Now, at last, things are starting to look up (fingers crossed it continues).

Hong Kong Night - Image courtesy TravelGent

Last week I was shooting a health education PR piece on the west side of San Antonio, Texas. This week I am traveling to Hong Kong with my good friend and colleague in the business, Max Warren of Imagemax Productions.

An international trip opportunity doesn’t pop up in my world very often, so it’s quite exciting. Thanks Max!
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