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Michael S. Morgan

Michael S. Morgan

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Opened my first Studio in 1972, after graduating with my Masters Degree in Photography, which followed a B.F.A. from Missouri State. It's been a great career that has taken me all over the world on assignments, and I've had the pleasure of working for some of the finest companies on product, annual report, and commercial assignments.

I spent one month in The Peoples Republic of China in 1987 representing Eastman Kodak
and their film capabilities to the Chinese professionals. In 1990 I documented the retrieval of Japanese Hostages held by the Iraqi's in Baghdad just before Desert Storm by the American Group called "Peace Wave".

I have also had the distinct pleasure of meeting some of the finest people from all walks of life due to my profession. I love my work personal imagery.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Some things just can't be ignored.....

Saw it, had to keep it...

Time and technology......

Traveling through the southwest part of Oklahoma I was struck by the number of Windmills in the wind farms. Being in southern California several years ago I was impressed with the number there but I NEVER expected to see the number of them that we saw in my own state. It's like a marching group of troops facing into the wind. Their size is misleading when viewed from a distance as they don't look like they are 300 feet tall. The juxtaposition  of the older wind mill and the present ones was just too good to miss.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Floating Clouds...Anchored Rock......

In southwestern Oklahoma there are the remains of huge mountains that rose millions of years ago and have now dwindled in size leaving an incredible variance of formations. While traveling through the area recently I was struck by the variations of the land forms and quite frankly the amount of water in the lakes and streams. The rocks are mainly granite with some sandstone town in for "effect" and color variation. The fields appear to mainly grow rocks of all sizes and they are abundant where ever you look.

The force of the pressure that sent the mountains upward is visible in the angles of the huge slabs that support the whole pile. The color is typical Oklahoma red...aka after a few centuries..."Red Dirt". I guess the total palate could be boiled down to, as far as the rocks are concerned, red, grey, and black.
Mind you that these are not small rocks, they are huge boulders and slabs everywhere you look. From a distance the Mountains appear to be touching the sky. I caught a few shots and I'll show you some today and a few more tomorrow.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fine day for Spring....

Was out this last weekend and caught a couple of shots that had perfect light. Soft and even....a get time to shoot.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring time colors...

Last year we planted a Japanese weeping cherry because of the shape of the tree and the blooms....

It looks like it made it through the winter...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Signs................

There are some images that speak for themselves.............I guess placement matters.
Have a great day....and look for the signs you never expected to see...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Passed 18,000 views !!

Thanks to you all ! The Blog has just passed 18,000 views !! To say I'm amazed is an understatement but the number encourages me on. I will start posting more often since the weather is changing and business is picking up with the new year. Once again...THANKS !!!

Ghost trees revisited...

Branson again for some much needed rest and relaxation, of course with camera in hand. The river, White, I believe, runs behind our lodging and is fogged in most mornings this time of year. In fact the fog is so dense it seems as though we are in a jet passing through a cloud. I went out and had my morning coffee waiting for it to lift a bit and watch the transformation of the view.

The trees on the opposite bank are most probably cottonwood and photograph well in the foggy environment. Because there was a bunch of rain this last week the fog was at it's peak and the river was running fast. I Like the low light and contrasty image feel of the river.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Productive day......

I spent some time yesterday marketing one new account and revisiting an older one. I am in process of getting a date to make a presentation to the new account concerning services I can off them which should be fun. I will be presenting to them my image capabilities concerning their products. Because it has always been done in the past, they have photographed their products in house and have had some varied results to say the least. I am going to put together a PowerPoint presentation comparing my imagery to theirs on the same screen. It will blow them away. A picture speaks a thousand words and if they are insufficient-the sale suffers.

The other account has been revamping their location with major improvements which will necessitate some publicity shots as well as informative brochures showing the new changes.

Today I will touch base with another old account as they should be ready to have a machine part photographed that is part of a large overhaul of a drilling machine.

Love my job.....and it pays to keep in touch.

Friday, March 6, 2015

18,000 pages views in sight....

We're about to cross another threshold, 18,000 page views are around the corner. Thanks for your interest. More to follow in the next few days.

Alaska revisited...

I was reviewing my files this morning and found a couple of images I would like to share. It was a perfect day to shoot, slightly overcast and cool. I like water and indirect subdued light so I guess you could say I was in Hog Heaven. I really like these shots. I may add more tomorrow....I kinda feel like I'm on a roll...

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A new assignment .........

I have picked up a new client and we are in process of creating a set of 5 images for for a group in Oklahoma City. As with all clients that are new we have to learn to speak each others creative language. The project is somewhat fluid as he is dealing with a project head and ideas are still bouncing around between the two of them. It's really pretty interesting as we started looking at architectural facets throughout the city originally and that concept is being balanced against another. Of course I have a collection of images that seemed to suit the bill but since then the idea has developed into another area of thought. I'm going to love this project because it will challenge my ability to keep reinventing the visual subject matter that will be used. I love my job....

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Rooms to rent..Cheeeep...

The last several years I have either found or grown gourds and made bird houses out of them. Something to do on rainy days in the Fall. While cruising through a flea market last year looking for props for shoots, I came across a basket of gourds for sale for two bucks. There were several birdhouse gourds and one long skinny one. PERFECT !!!

Last summer we had such a great time watching a family of wrens raise their brood of 4 kids that I knew we needed more residences for them. I cleaned them out a couple of weeks ago, got them varnished, and hung them yesterday. I'll keep you posted on the "Rooms to Rent".






Friday, February 6, 2015

17,000 !!!!

I was a bit behind myself when I forecast that the 17,000 view mark would be hit several weeks ago. It just happened this morning and I believe the time delay was in part because of the time I have been way from the Blog. Business and holidays took their toll on my time so I wasn't able to be online with it as much as I needed to be. This weekend the weather is to be in the 70's and I have an assignment to fulfill for a client that will require a couple of hours of shooting time. Check out the Blog on Monday to see some new images.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"When you invest in good photography, you invest in your future success"......Brad Feinknoph

I have never heard it put so well, your personal investment in yourself should be the best investment you make. Having produced thousands of images over my career I have always tried to give my clients a broad choice of images to select from. Head shots are no different. I generally will have a conversational meeting with my clients to see what they are looking for. What is the final use of the image to be and what attitude should we portray. This is critical to the success of the session. To look away from producing just a "picture" helps create an authenticity that many people want, but don't know how to achieve.

This is what makes the creation of the image hard....how do you do it. It's just not a matter of sitting down, smiling, and whamo it is created. The lighting is important in terms of how to define the attitude of the face. The expression is monumental in creating the attitude of the moment, creating a first impression for the viewer. The relationship of the individual to the camera/photographer, is it a comfortable situation. It must be and it takes some time to get there.

Although generally only one image will be selected I shoot until I'm content knowing I have several to choose from. This doesn't mean hundreds will be taken, it means that through years of experience, I will know when to quit. Very seldom do my clients see all of the images I take. There's no reason to muddy the water with unacceptable  images, show only the best. It is always blatantly obvious which one work and which ones don't.

I am always intrigued by images I see posted here and there by "professionals". The lighting is flat with no modeling to the planes of the face. This always leads to a subtraction of expression. It makes me almost ask "why bother"? The investment that was trying to be made missed the mark. This does not mean that there should or must be dynamic/hard lighting for a head shot or portrait. I'm saying that there needs to be definition to the planes of the face for a successful image. That is what creates a successful head shot and investment in yourself and your future success.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Working with Clients.....The Power of the Image

Over the last 43 years I have been lucky enough to cement together solid relationships with many of my commercial Clients. The relationship obviously starts with the first job and then develops as the work progresses and and then extends on through future assignments. As the relationship develops an understanding also grows between myself and the Client. As I see what they are wanting I can fine tune the desire through the work I produce. The initial project could have one specific desire but throughout the production of the project I can generally amplify that desire into a visual sidewalk that will lead to more interest in the Clients business. It could be through more images of the facilities they have, visually driven questions about the personnel and capabilities, or even just a warm fuzzy of the services offered. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Several of my Clients have begun projects without realizing the potential power of the Image. On several occasions I have had the privilege of showing possibilities to them of how to expand the power of their message using the images in different ways. This could be through websites, brochures, individual images used as wall decor, and television commercials. Sometimes this is an easy process and other times you have to lead the horse to the water.

It is very obvious to me how to expand the value of the Image because I have been working with them so long. For some clients this vision doesn't  really come easily and I try to open the possibility field so they see the light. Multilayering the use of images not only makes sense from an economic point of view but also helps develop the "Brand" of the company, organization, or product. The image could be of a product, service, location or individual that is part of the company from which the viewer could start to develop a "Recognition base". Every time that image is seen, the company comes to mind. By starting with one or two images a building process can begin so that any image from the company, whether it is from a service offered, location view, product or individual, the Name of the company comes to mind. That is the Power of the Image.

Monday, January 12, 2015

On a roll...

Ok..... last image of the morning. Being away from the blog has evidently taken its' toll. I have jumped into a "share" mode of letting you see some recent Black and White images. I like 'em.
The quality of the light is just too interesting to leave alone and not photograph.

Artichokes...

As mentioned before I really like to enhance my stock files when traveling. Markets, water, coasts, windows and doors seem to have a hook for me. These artichokes were from the Paris food market.

I really like this image.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Passing 17,000 reads within the week...

By the way, this week my Blog should more than surpass the 17,000 mark for reads. I am going to make a sincere effort to post more images and stories and try to hit the 50,000 mark by years end. The Blog has been fun and actually has created a history of me in a profession that I never expected to end up in. I'm here through an extremely long run of great luck, the ability to produce what I say I can, and all of the people I've come in contact with. What a great ride.....

New Image for the New Year...

I should apologize for being so invisible but over the last month and a half I have been incredibly
busy. I'm in process of reviewing my files for images that will be used in a remodel of a Fraternity  House at Oklahoma University. The images will be from all over the world but with the same theme so to speak. In my travels I always add to my "stock files" images that I think will pay off at a later date. Bingo !! Because I have the images I'm making the sale. What I'm finding most interesting is that the image will be 16 x 16, with mat width of 3 inches, a frame size of 22 x 22. There will be a total of five images in the collection. Once the installation is finished I will post it on my Blog.

I am continuing to shoot on the commercial job I started several months ago with the drilling equipment rebuilder furnishing him with progress images of the overhaul process on  some huge equipment that he is rebuilding for a client.  And yes, those images will also be placed on the Blog.

The following image is one of my favorites and was actually shot in Paris several years ago. The light was great and just had to capture it. The tonality I feel is perfect. I hope you enjoy it.

I will follow this up with more posts as time goes on. I will try to be more regular.

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Seasonal Confession....

I'm having a great time with the Christmas season. While in Home Depot about a month ago I was "stalked" by a woman that came up to me and asked/told me that I would make a perfect Santa, and had I ever done  that ? Over the last couple of years I have been Home Depots' Santa for pictures with the kids and families so it wasn't like a new challenge for me, or for that matter, a strange question. It actually ranks up there with the "are YOU David Crosby?" but that's another story. I hear that a lot .

I thanked her and she then told me that She was needing several "Santa's" for the "Polar Express" that would be running in Bristow, Oklahoma for the Christmas holidays. The ride would feature a real train ride to the North Pole, magically 30 minutes out of Bristow, pick up Santa and he would walk through the train greeting all and giving, to all of the Children under 12, a silver bell and instructions to help mom make a bunch of chocolate chip cookies, a glass of milk for Santa, and 2 carrots for the Raindeer as they are running hard around the world.

It is more fun than a barrel of Monkeys. The wide eyes, screams of "Santa !!!", and the looks on the kids faces is just amazing. It is also a great time to chide the Adult men mentioning that next year would be their year, if they cleaned up several issues that I have heard about. It is a real kick in the pants...what a great time.

I also got an inquiry this morning asking me to produce imagery for an interior design company. I'll follow with more information once it is more concrete.

Have a great holiday season and do the unexpected for someone else. Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Challenges..........

You may have heard the bells toll for my trusty Mac Pro that I have used for many years. Three weeks ago it started to act really strange and then just gave up the ghost....the screen went black, 
lights out, not gonna work any more......

I did some hand wrenching for a couple of days as to what to buy next, a Mac Pro for a lot of money,
or a Mini Mac maxed out with ram and a large storage drive. I decided on the Mini Mac and a three Terabyte storage drive. In the process several tasks have changed and the Ol' Dog has to master some new tricks. I really hate that but you have to move with the technology not against it. 

I'm going to have to transfer several drives from my old machine into the new one and hook up with iCloud to hold all that I have. That necessitates a trip to the Apple store and a sit-down with a "Genius" that may or may not be able to help. As we used to say in the late sixties...onward through the fog.

I have however had another very successful Senior Session a couple of days ago. In our consultation we discussed some options and decided on a direction to go. One of the neatest images of the session I have included on this blog......a pretty nice shot. I love my job.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

16,000 VIEWS !!!!!

It has happened ........ 16,000 views since starting the blog. The number isn't just a number, it's an incentive for me. I started the Blog for no real reason several years ago....it just seemed like it was something I had to do. No real reason....just had to. I have no idea where the idea came from other than I have had the amazing good luck to be at the right place at the right time and lucky enough to figure it out. I hope that shows a bit in the Blog....Many of the adventures, opportunities, and associations I have had with individuals came through chance encounters. With a bit of nurturing, many have developed into lifetime memories and chances. In many cases one would build upon another.

Had I not gone to Southwest Missouri State, I would have not had the life changing educational association with Alan Brown who lit the fire of photography in my soul and showed me how to "see".
From the opportunity that gave me, I worked with Don Sothern, owner of Sothern Studio and learned the "business" of photography and learned to "see" studio lighting.

Had I not gotten my Masters Degree, I would not have separated myself from the other photographers in the area of my first studio, and given my first big commercial shoot by Jack Manning, owner of Joplin Printing. Nor would have I started my business in 1972 as I was "over-educated" and unemployable in a down economy.

Had I not entered and won two years in a row in the 70's the Kodak "Decorating with Photography" competition I would have never met Paul Ness from Kodak, whom I spent July of 1987 in China with as a member of a team of Professional Photographers sent over as Ambassadors from Kodak to talk with our Chinese counterparts.

I would have never become friends with Byron Morgan a writer and film maker from NASA that asked me to go to Baghdad before the Desert Storm and document our retrieval of Japanese Hostages which in turn led to the Japanese getting the American Hostages out as we were landing in Los Angeles. Had I not gone on that trip I would have never met the most wonderful women in the world, my wife Karen, as a result of of a multi image slide show of the trip.

Had it not been for Karen I would have probably never left Carthage, and would have missed all of the opportunities I've experienced in Tulsa. And it just keeps getting better. My commercial photography business is growing and I am seeing the inside of manufacturing and sales. It is just getting better and better.

I am a firm believer that opportunity is continually knocking, we just have to recognize the sound and not be afraid to take the leap. 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Forty Two....

As of last Monday, Morgan Studio was 42 years old. I opened the studio in Carthage Missouri in 1972 at Third and Lyon in a three room rented office. I was there three years and considered buying the building but I couldn't get a favorable price from the owner, at least not from my perspective.  As fate would have it a building became available down the street at 340 Lyon and it was perfect. I bought it and my Dad and remodeled it. It was built in 1883 and there was not a square corner in the building and the walls weren't plumb. We fir stripped the walls and got it in shape, paneled the reception area, painted and laid a flat floor in the studio area and the business really took off. At this time I had the largest studio area in the immediate area and it increased my commercial business.

The studio was open for thirty years and saw some great images from "Prom Portraits", Commercial Images, Dance Groups, Families, Seniors, Babies, Pets, and a multitude of other different assignments. From this location I based all of my photographic efforts which led to assignments throughout North America and the World.  I'll follow this note up soon with some images of the building transformation and more images from it. I love my job.....

Thursday, September 4, 2014

16,000 views looming on the horizon....

Checking out my views just no I see that I'm almost reaching the 16,000 views I never expected. Thanks for looking ..... 20,000 is soon to follow !!!!

Senior Portrait season starts again.......

Last week I completed the first session of what looks like will be another great Senior Season. It's really pretty amazing when you think about it, but the Senior Portrait is a true milestone in a persons life. Marking twelve years of academic success, these images are probably the last Professional images that will be taken until the wedding day of the individual. From my historical view, the next set will be marking the first family portraits after the birth of the first child. Then in many cases, it will take another Senior Portrait before the whole family is professionally photographed again. Below are a few of the images of my client.



Monday, September 1, 2014

The Cleveland Wrecking Yard....

A friend of mine, Tom Webb, years ago recommended I read "Trout Fishing in America". I've fished and thought it might be a good read so I gave it a whirl. The book wasn't a bit about fishing.....but was one of the best collections of short stories I've ever read. It was written by Richard Braughtigan and was the first of his books that I devoured. I was reminded of it this last weekend in in a junk store, excuse me, Architectural Salvage store we visited. In one of the stories, "The Cleveland Wrecking Yard", Braughtigan had ventured in to a junk store to get a friend of his a birthday present. As I turned the first corner around a bunch of used somethings, the story suddenly came to mind.

The descriptions and wording of all of the books that Mr. Braughtigan wrote was a big draw for me. In a paragraph he set up mental images that resonated a reality that had to exist. In the "Cleveland Wrecking Yard", after wandering through the stacked doors, chipped columns, random bricks, and broken windows,  he turned a corner and wave of white light reached out to him, drawing him closer to the source. A white brilliance that had to be celestial in origin was radiating towards him. He walked slowly into the vortex.

As I walked through the building I saw, lined up against the wall  scores of Toilets, Lavatories, and Bathtubs, in various states of repair. The sunlight danced off of them serving as bait to the eyes of the unsuspecting. It was almost delightful experiencing the chapter I read decades ago. Lined up against the wall were the objects of discussion in all forms and styles. The light was amazing and I was taken back to the past. The following images are from the store, nothing was purchased, but a memory returned.






Monday, August 18, 2014

Published Images...............

I just received my copy of Planet Laundry, the Magazine of the Coin Laundry Association, with two of my images from the commercial shoot I did for Liberty Laundry. I was pleased with their inclusion in the articles written about the running and building of a successful laundry business. I was very pleased with the images and they printed well in the magazine. These are the two that were included.




I love my job....

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Memorial Day...

I worked Memorial Day for an account I've had for a number of years that recognises Veterans with a day long event including some top Military speakers.  This year I captured two images that stand out in my mind. The gentleman on the bench had a flag that he wished to place on a past friends grave, a Veteran from WWII. He sat for about 10 minutes then rose and walked to the grave of his friend. He placed a flag on it, paused for several minutes then walked away...........old friends are never forgotten....

The second image is one that I saw after the event was over and most of the crowd had left. I would say that it was probably placed there for the same reasons the older gentleman placed his flag on his friends grave. Never forgotten.........

Busy Summer to say the least.....

Sorry I've neglected you, I've been up to my ears in work and creating a new backyard complete with several locations for portraits. It's been fun, somewhat costly, but will reap great rewards for my clients and my leisure time. As a matter of fact, my first Senior Portrait session is this Wednesday signaling the opening of the 2014-15 Senior Portrait season. It will be a great time. Some portrait samples are soon to follow.

The additions I've made have enhanced the wildlife population in the backyard too. We have a marked increase in Dragonflies, birds, a couple of squirrels, and a tribe of rabbits. I eliminated a hill which I have hated for the last twelve years, enlarged and relocated the Koi pond 16 fold, and added 16 new fish. The decks are two levels with a total of three. They are in the shade from early morning till 11:00, then back in the shade from 3:00 on. They are a photographers delight. You'll see results sometime toward the end of the week.

I have more plans for another addition to the design that I'll show you when I get that part done. Hopefully it will be completed in three weeks, weather permitting. Here are a couple of shots of our new friends that are starting to hang around. Stay tuned for the upcoming addition.....


Friday, May 30, 2014

15,000 Page views !!!!

We passed 15,000 page views this week...THANKS !!!  I photographed this orchid last week just for kicks. It was given to our family and I knew I could keep it growing and thought I might get it to bloom. Hot Damn !! It worked !!!
Thanks for helping the Blog pass 15,000 views.....


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Approaching 15,000 views...........and some thoughts concerning my job..

Today should be a good day. I'm expecting to get news on the new account I talked of yesterday and am going to do some shooting for myself this afternoon. I'm also just short of 15,000 views of my Blog and should hit that number today. I find that amazing and quite frankly somewhat stunning.

The original intent of the blog was to give me an avenue to talk of my work, generate some new business and expose the public to what I do professionally. I NEVER expected to have this many views in so short of a time. In a profession that is saturated with individuals trying to break into the business of Professional Photography, with the minimum of professional training, I felt as though my Blog could help clients see the difference between a "smart" camera, and a photographer who could who makes decided decisions concerning his photographic imagery. These decisions involve time of day, light, design, expected look of the image, and intended use of the image. A camera can't make these decisions, the experienced trained photographer does. The images are generally "Pre-Designed"
before the camera is even loaded to go to the site. It is totally impossible for me to deliver the best of my work without laying down a shooting plan to arrive at the image of what I want. It's just the way I work. It saves my clients money, and saves me the frustration of having to figure it all out on the spot
with totally unexpected surprises.

I try to control all of the elements of the image in composition, color, light, design, and view. This does not mean that there are a few unexpected elements that come into play. I have to accept the draw  of the day, clouds in the sky, wind, and elements that may appear as I push the shutter and make the exposure. Sometimes these random elements work to my advantage and other times I have to wait for them to change and continue the shoot. That's one of the parts of the job I love......every shoot is different....every one is a challenge. What a great profession.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A great meeting............

I met with a gentleman yesterday in a marketing effort to gain access to one particular account I wish to pursue. This potential client owns one of the most visible buildings in Tulsa and has been very successful in the business he is in. The man I met with knows him well and will arrange our meeting so I may offer my photographic services. I really like the look of the building and have never seen a photograph that does it justice. All of the images I've seen have not taken into account the problems with vertical lines of the building and especially the color balance inside the showroom. The photographers that have delivered the images were either rookies or just untrained and inexperienced. The three things that are on my side are experience, knowledge of light and the season of the year.

Due to the way the building is situated it needs to be photographed in the early Spring as the sun is in the South and the light that is available now is perfect for the setting. I will probably photograph it at two different times of the day for two totally different looks. I'll post the images as soon as I get them completed....they should be pretty amazing.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A lost spring Robin...

We came home yesterday from a great lunch for Mothers Day with family and Karen called me to the Peonies we have in front of the house. She pointed to one of the branches and the baby Robin didn't move. On the fence not far away was the mother or father, worm in mouth, waiting for us to leave so they could feed it. We did the ol' "Exit stage left" and watched through the living room window for awhile.

We have a yellow and white cat that resides in the neighborhood that had a good lunch on three doves in the same situation last year. I hope the Robin makes it.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Invasion as witnessed by Black Crow...

While sitting at TU ( Tulsa University ) yesterday waiting for clients, I suddenly noticed a Crow watching an incoming invasion of Flying Saucers on the grounds near the Library. Although startled, I did pick up my camera and bang off a shot or two before the Crow scrambled away cawing loudly. I guess he just didn't realize that this seems to be a right of the summer season. If the Crows' memory would serve him well, he would remember that the same thing happened last year about this time. Get used to it Crow....it'll last through September and then they will return to their home planet, Umbrellus,
and stay for the season there. Remember Crow..........it's only a movie....

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Red Moon Rising..........

I had heard about the Red Moon on the news and thought it would be good to see. I got up thanks to Karen and went out as the Eclipse was just starting. Using my 300 MM lens I started looking at it to check the progression of the movement. It's very early in the morning, about 1:30, I don't have my contacts in OR my glasses on so I have hampered myself to some extent. I fumble with the camera, set up I can obviously do blind, and head to the back deck. The moon is up but looking through the lens I figured I was led astray by the new people...it wasn't RED......It looked black and white.
Over the next hour or so, the magic happened, the Moon grabbed a tinge of Red from the celestial
pond and BINGO....Red Moon !!!!   YeeeeeeeeeHaaaawwwwww  What a kick............

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In a place Far..Far...Away...

As many of you know we have been going through my Moms' home as she passed recently.....
In doing so we have come across some amazing images taken in the mid 60's, some of which were taken by the NEW and AMAZING Swinger...Polaroid camera. I must have been a sophomore in High School, standing with Scott, Gaye, and Rob on the lawn of the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage. I'm on the far left, and looking at the picture I noticed a 1951 Chevy Panel truck turning onto the Square. I am absolutely positive that this was driven by Onis Hutchins, a local plumber in town. It is, upon looking back, pretty nice to see it running through the image. I bought that Van from Bill Barksdale about 30 years later and reworked the drive train, wiring, interior, chrome, radio, and repainted it a deep metallic brown on the body and a gloss black on the fenders and running boards.  It made a great studio vehicle because of the room and individual look. I had it several years and a guy dropped into the studio one afternoon asking about the Van parked in front.  I told him it was mine and he asked if it was for sale. I replied that everything is negotiable, was he interested in buying it. Answering yes, he asked what the price was. I wasn't really expecting that and I priced the Van to him. He sat down and wrote me a check, and said he was in town for a week and to cash the check, he would pick up the Van on Friday. On Friday....as the Van drove away.....my heart sank. The Van was going to a new home in Florida..........I've been looking for one ever since......a 1951 Chevy Panel truck.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Solitude in stone...


Growing up in Carthage Missouri it was made known early on that I lived in the "Limestone Capital of the World", which for years only meant that there were a lot of rocks around. At 16 and a new driver, I found the "Quarry Quarter", a strip of road out in the country, that ran past a VERY large hole in the earth that Limestone was quarried from and turned into marble by Carthage Marble. The "quarter mile" had been marked off and that became one of two locations were you could find out how fast your parents car was. It was obvious that you had to run North as if you ran South you would run into the "T" at the start, and crash. You also didn't want to veer to the East as you would go over the rim of the quarry and drop a hundred feet or so onto a limestone floor. That happened once without good results.

In addition to Carthage Marble, another company, Locarni Marble, was located just south and across the street. Locarni furnished the building trade "Art Marble" of various colors and origins. Absolutely stunning marble was finished by them and sent all over the United States and Canada. Recently the company closed and I got permission from the Real Estate Agent to enter the buildings and photograph the working and storage areas. The buildings and areas are protected by video surveillance to prevent theft and damage from vandals. It is interesting that the cameras also have night vision. These are some of the images from the session.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Liberty Laundry

I had the distinct pleasure of photographing a new Laundry service location here in Tulsa. Liberty Laundry's facility is on South Delaware and is a "state of the art" facility. They offer a self serve or drop off service and this is the third location within the chain. I love to photograph chrome and this location is loaded with it. Just a really clean look that photographs well....I love my job...