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Austintatious Mural !

Painted in 1974 by artists Kerry Awn, Tom Bauman and Rick Turner, this mural depicts Stephen F. Austin (founder of Austin, Texas), theTexas Capitol, the University of Texas Tower and the Ritz Theater, along with other iconic sites and Austin personalities. The Austintatious Mural is located on the corner of 23rd Street and Guadalupe, also known as the Drag Vendors Market or Street Artists Market. On the North side of 23rd Street is located the Austintatious Mural and on the South side of the street is located the Mural of Texas painted by the same artists in 2003.

In 2014 the Mural of Texas was vandalized. Money was raised and the Mural of Texas was restored and the Austintatious Mural was repainted and updated by the original three artists.

This panorama was made by merging 3 handheld shots of the mural. In the merging/cropping process, some of the edges were cloned to fill in blank areas.

Here is how the W23rd Street/Guadalupe area looked in October 2007 - https://goo.gl/14zT6k

#austintatious #austintatiousmural #muraloftexas #mural #austin #austintexas #austinchamberofcommerce #austinnewsstory #newsstory
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Remembering Slim Richey ! - February 11, 1938 to May 31, 2015

Yesterday +Slim Richey, musician extraordinaire, my friend, joined the Big Gig In The Sky. Music and his wife Francie were his life. Details of Slim's fascinating life and musical career can be found at the links below.

I wanted to reflect on how I came to meet and photograph Slim and how much Slim meant to me as a fellow human being and as a photographer.

In 1999, at the Old Settler's Festival in Round Rock, Texas, I was photographing musical performers appearing at this event. There, I met/photographed friendly singer/songwriter +Leeann Atherton  performing. Eventually Leeann became a lead singer in one of Slim's jazz groups. Slim and Leeann were about to record a new album and I wanted to do a recording session photo shoot. Slim granted me permission to photograph the recording session and some band shots. I enjoyed the whole process and learned much. Slim was able to use some of the images for his CD cover and inside photos.

Any event photographer will tell you access to the performers is a major key to getting good images. Slim was an easy-going, kind, friendly person and as a performer had no ego agenda of trying to impress anyone. His musical skills did the impressing! His granting me access to his band made photography much easier. Sometimes I would set up several remote flashes around the stage. Slim seemed to take all my photographic shenanigans in stride and sometimes use the images on his CD covers like the ones he produced with +Kat Edmonson early in her musical career for his band The Kat's Meow.  Slim's doing this was a great boost for my confidence!

When a photographer shows up at an event and the performers warmly greet him; let him know he is welcome as Slim always did, that makes for a great work environment!

Something else about Slim. He was a working musician. He probably worked 4-5 days a week playing gigs, even teaching guitar workshops and international touring. He earned his fans one by one with his great musical ability and by playing gig after gig on a consistent basis.

Slim was a fun loving guy. Several times a year he would throw a musical party for all his friends and professional musical pals. Generally the occasion would be on his or his wife's birthday. I attended one and thought I had gone to musical heaven. Musicians would gather in several rooms of Slim's rustic home and start to play. It was an absolutely amazing experience. There in a home setting were musicians as good as it gets all playing their hearts out. Take a look at this video on 2-11-2005 celebrating Slim's 67th birthday - https://goo.gl/CYXU7M . The guitarist with the grey beard is Mr. Slim!  This all takes place in Slim's kitchen.  The tunes were: Swing 48, Bossa Dorado, & Big Mamou

Slim's friendliness, patience, talent, respect and being just a nice person won my admiration. He blessed me with the opportunity to step into his life and photograph it. I am deeply grateful. Rest in peace Slim. I will miss you greatly!

#slimrichey #katedmonson   #jitterbugvipers  


Slim Richey's Life - Sign his guest book here - http://goo.gl/s3b0Mm

Slim's Musical Background - http://goo.gl/yJJyww

Slim's Remembrance Page With Lots Of Nice Photos - https://goo.gl/Iyw2qm

Kat Edmonson Remembering Slim Richey -http://goo.gl/RMAlK1 

Slim Richey Shown Below At The 2013 +Armadillo Christmas Bazaar on Tuesday, 12-24-2013 with his band The +Jitterbug Vipers !
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Happy Birthday Richard Overton !

Oldest Living WWII Veteran - Keep On A Truckin' Mr. Overton !
 
Wow, this is impressive! Let's wish Richard Overton a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and "thank you' for his service! --

Oldest Living #WorldWarII   #Veteran  Richard Overton to Turn 109 - http://ow.ly/MBPsx

"Richard Overton's friends and family threw him a birthday bash Sunday in Austin, Texas, with as many as 100 people in attendance, including Mayor Steve Adler and the assistant chief of the Austin Police Department, ABC's Austin affiliate station KVUE-TV reported. "I feel happy that I’ve made it," Overton told ABC News. "I know I can’t make another 109, so I’m satisfied with this one."" #military   #news   #veterans   #humaninterest   #thegreatestgeneration  
The oldest living World War II veteran will turn 109 years old this Monday, but he already has a head start with celebrations.
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Live, Love, Laugh


This image is a composite which spans several years in its creation. 

I enjoy photographing street art in Austin, Texas. During the Fall of 2010 while photographing street art on South First Street, I came across this fence which had been painted by students of the Texas School For The Deaf. Given the colorful nature of the painted fence, who painted the fence and its message, the fence caught my attention and reminded me of a young model/actress I had worked with.

Over the last several years, I have had the privilege of photographing budding actress +Ruth Reynolds   I had learned of her aspirations to become a film actress and maybe a director. She moved out to California to began working on achieving her dreams.

When I saw the mural on the fence, Ruth immediately came to mind because she always signed her emails with "Live, Love, Laugh". Combining one of my images of her with the fence was just a natural thing to do.

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Movie Web Page:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3171573/

Facebook:  http://on.fb.me/1P1d442

Interview/Conversations Magazine November 2013 :  http://bit.ly/1QnQUGx


#livelovelaugh   #RuthReynolds   #texasschoolforthedeaf   #austin   #austintexas   #austinnewsstory   #newsstory   #model
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Meeting Rockin' Sidney - Or Sidney's Younger Ghost?

After finishing errands late this afternoon, I decided to get something to eat from Schlotzsky's on West Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas.  I parked in the back of Schlotzsky's and behind where I parked was a small concrete retaining wall behind a convenience store.  On this wall under some shade tree sat several men.  I have seen homeless people sitting on this wall frequently.

Upon getting out of my car, I heard a voice behind me call out, " I'll play you some blues for free!"  I waved to them and went on into Schlotzsky's and had my meal.  In doing so I got to thinking I always liked blues men and that I would go over after eating and listen to them sing some blues.

After getting back to my car I walked toward the retaining wall.  To the right of where the men had been sitting, I noticed a black man at the edge of some bushes assisting another man who had had too much alcohol to drink and was throwing up.  Eventually, the black blues man came over and introduced himself as "Rockin' Sidney, a one hit wonder!"  He pointed to my cell phone and said I could look him up as he had written the 1985 popular tune My Toot Toot.  Rockin' Sidney said he guessed he was going to have to play alone as Mr. Harmonica over in the bushes was in no condition to assist him.  He pulled his guitar out of the case and proceeded to play some tunes of which one was My Toot Toot

I was pretty thrilled with all this as I did remember the Zydeco style tune My Toot Toot.  Could this really be Rockin' Sidney now homeless roaming the streets of Austin, Texas?  I asked Mr. Sidney if he knew House Of The Rising Sun.  He knew one verse.  I sang along with him.  Ah, great fun!  I gave a donation to Rockin' Sidney.  About this time, Mr. Harmonica had recovered and was weaving his way towards us.  Mr. Sidney reminded Mr. Harmonica to lean against the retaining wall as he walked.

Now more music ensued with Mr. Harmonica's assistance.  Over to my far left was another man sitting on the end of the retaining wall.  He had a shopping cart.  So, Mr. Shopping Cart came over to join the fun and stood behind Rockin' Sidney and Mr. Harmonica.  Mr. Shopping Cart was sipping a canned alcoholic beverage sitting inside a soft drink cup.  At this point Mr. Harmonica announces that today was Mr. Sidney's sixty-eighth birthday and hinted maybe I should give a handout, as they were homeless, so they could buy themselves another drink.  Mr. Rockin'g Sidney pointed out to Mr. Harmonica that I had already given him $5 dollars while he was over in the bushes sick.  Mr. Harmonica was appreciative!

Somehow it was brought up that both Mr. Sidney and Mr. Harmonica were veterans.  Mr. Sidney had been in the Navy and was wearing a Vietnam Veteran's baseball hat.  Mr. Harmonica seemed to indicate he had been in the Marines.  I believe Mr. Shopping Cart indicated in some way he was a veteran too.  I mentioned I was one too and they asked me what branch I served.  I answered U.S. Army, Combat Engineers.

Mr. Rockin' Sidney then spoke of international affairs and that the United States should stay out of other countries' affairs.  He spoke of Agent Orange and that things would be very grim if we every got in a tussle with China.

Well after some moments of delightful fun, I said my goodbyes.  Mr. Rockin' Sidney, Mr. Harmonica and Mr, Shopping Cart rose to their feet and saluted me and I returned the jester.

As I drove away back to my reality, I was very grateful for many things in my life.  Had things turned out differently for me, maybe I too could have been homeless like Rockin's Sidney, Mr. Harmonica and Mr. Shopping Cart?  If it were true that they were indeed veterans, I was even more saddened.

Upon arriving home, I researched Rockin' Sidney and found he was born as Sidney Simien aka "Rockin' Sidney and Count Rockin' Sidney" on April 9, 1938 in Lebeau, Louisiana, United States.  He was an American R&B, zydeco, and soul musician who began recording in the late 1950s and continued performing until his death on February 25, 1998.

Hmmm.  It seems my new friend Rockin'  Sidney, if he was 68 today according to Mr. Harmonica, must have been the younger ghost of the real Rockin' Sidney who would have been 77 if alive today.

Never mind these small details.  I like blues men!

Resources:

Rockin' Sidney singing My Toot Toot:  https://youtu.be/SHlhJL3IlsQ

Wikipedia - Rockin's Sidney - http://bit.ly/1P16mWp

#rockinsidney   #blues   #zydeco   #homeless   #austin   #austintexas   #austinnewsstory   #newsstory  
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W.C. Clark - "Mr. Blues" - Godfather of Austin Blues !

On Saturday evening, 8 -11- 2012, you would have found  the blues being played by W.C. Clark at the North Lamar Central Market in Austin, Texas. 

I have always enjoyed photographing W.C..  He has always been gracious in enduring my photographic shenanigans! 

W. C. Clark (born Wesley Curley Clark, November 16, 1939 in Austin, Texas) is an American blues musician. He is known as the "Godfather of Austin Blues" for his influence on the Austin, Texas blues scene since the late 1960s.  In the late sixties and seventies he played with several bands including some with Stevie Ray Vaughn.   Source: Wikipedia

W.C. Clark's Official Web Page:  http://www.wcclark.com/

W.C. Clark's Facebook Page:  http://on.fb.me/1d0q7lm

SRV and W.C. Jamming (Video):  http://bit.ly/1QjXjDw

#wcclark   #blues   #mrblues   #godfatherofaustinblues   #stevierayvaughn   #austin   #austintexas   #austinchamberofcommerce   #austinnewsstory   #newsstory  
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I LOVE AUSTIN !

I always enjoy photographing street art. It is similar to going on an Easter egg hunt. Some of the art is in obvious locations. Others are hidden away or just around a corner. For various reasons, street art is always changing or disappearing. Sometimes you will see the street art in the process of being created.

As in art, beauty of street art is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes certain street art becomes iconic for a certain place or city.

This street art was on the North side of the Austin business establishment Austin Simply Fit at 5134 Burnet Rd. ; Austin, TX.   See - https://goo.gl/q946po

#Austin #austintexas #austinsimplyfit #austinchamberofcommerce #austinnewsstory #newsstory   #streetart  
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RIP Mr. B.B. King !

I'll miss you Mr. King.  You have always had my utmost admiration and respect for your talent and your humility.

#BBking  
Legendary blues star B.B. King has died at the age of 89. SEE ALSO: Stars Pay Tribute To B.B. King The Blues Legend's Life In Pictures A lawyer for the singer and guitarist confirmed he had d
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Heard a radio spot this morning where B.B. said that he treated each performance like it was his first interview. Words to live by.
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LARA JADE - LOCATIONS FOR PHOTOSHOOTS

Excellent article by fashion photographer +Lara Jade for organizing a travel location shoot!  These suggestions work well even in organizing any type of elaborate shoot.

#fashion #fashionphotography #travelphotography   #travellocationshoot   #broncolor
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Live, Love, Laugh - Part II


This image is the black and white version of +Ruth Reynolds' portrait used in yesterday's composite image -  http://bit.ly/1IS1KCz .


Ruth Reynolds' -

Movie Web Page:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3171573/

Facebook:  http://on.fb.me/1P1d442

Interview/Conversations Magazine November 2013 :  http://bit.ly/1QnQUGx


#livelovelaugh   #RuthReynolds   #texasschoolforthedeaf   #austin   #austintexas   #austinnewsstory   #newsstory   #model                      
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Romantic Novel Cover In The Making?


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Models:   Annicia and Nathan

Makeup:   +Alicia Perez-Guevara; Elsie Brosch

Location:  Ranch; Fredericksburg, Texas

#fashion    #modelshoot   #hairstyles   #covershoot   #austinnewsstory   #newsstory   #fredericksburg   #modelphotography  
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102-year-old Alice Barker watches videos of herself dancing for the first time.

Wonderful to see her getting some joy at seeing herself at a much younger age!
 
"Making me wish I could get out of this bed and do it all over again."
102-year-old Alice Barker watches videos of herself dancing for the first time.
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Enjoy having fun with people and kidding them.  Hope others will poke a little fun at me too!
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I'm from Texas ! A beekeeper in a former life, until the bees threw me out ! Have been know to stretch the truth and on occasion, tell the truth! I am the only one officially allowed to issue Gold Stars on Google+ ! Am a storyteller, some of which may be true. ;-)
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