What a mind soaking weekend in September at the 2011 Shooting West Texas Photo Symposium, and not just because it rained! My head is swimming with so many fantastic images…Wyman Meinser’s aerial view of Guitar Mountain, Terry Nathan’s cloud embraced peaks, and Jeremy Woodhouse’s filmy birds in fight. I loved Rachel Waller’s passionate horse portraits and Laren Bridges’s enthusiastic connection to people. The ranch legacy is revered in Adam Jahiel’s stunning silver prints. Wayne Baize’s gracious love of painting and drawing the West Texas ranch life carries over from his referential photographs. For the next Texas Monthly cover, I’ll muse over TJ Tucker’s perseverance as creative director. True to his home and heart, Russell Graves shared his smile-inducing video ventures. True to the preservation of historical photographs are Melleta Bell and Mike Howard, Archives of the Big Bend. On a menu of fabulous photographers, I was the last to present. My topic was called ‘Macro Mode on the Go’ but more aptly could’ve been ‘Close Up on a Budget’ or ‘Getting Intimate with Things that Stick, Sting or Bite’. I hope it gave folks the gusto to explore with their photography. Again and again, thanks to Barney Nelson, Barbara Richerson and all those that made the event at Sul Ross State University a success. Okay, enough sitting and more shooting!
This is the third year for the successful photography symposium, Shooting West Texas, to be held at Sul Ross State University in Alpine on September 15-18, 2011. Texas photographers share their images and philosophies while dispelling valuable technical tips. Along with presentations, the weekend includes workshops in the field and also a juried photography show. I have been invited to be a presenter, and will be talking about macro photography without an SLR camera. ‘Macro on the Go’ is for those with smaller versions of digital cameras. We’ll discuss how to use the ‘macro mode’ to approach subjects from different angles with the use of available light. At first, they wanted me to show ‘bug’ images, and now that’s been expanded to include spiders and snakes…how about flowers?