Surf Texas

I grew up in Houston, about 50 miles from the Gulf Coast. My earliest memories of the beach were of family outings and fishing trips with my aunt and uncle to Rockport. I’ve always loved being on the Texas Coast. But when I discovered surfing that love turned into obsession. No one would have confused the surf in Texas with some famous break on the Pacific Ocean, but that didn’t matter. Texas surfers were as maniacally devoted to the sport as surfers are all over the planet. We weren’t proud; we would surf on anything ridable. We’d drive down to the beach with $30 in our pockets and stay for a week, sleeping in tents and eating sandy sandwiches.

My friends and I started riding waves in the mid-seventies, which put us in the second generation of Texas surfers. The first generation were the pioneers from the 1960’s who discovered surfing in California, wondered whether it could be done in Texas, and brought back boards to give it a try. Texas is not widely known for its great surf but, as that first generation discovered, if you know when and where to look and if you look hard and patiently enough, it’s there. There is, after all, over 600 miles of coastline, and the Gulf of Mexico reliably produces lots of wind and waves via low pressure systems, northerns, storms and hurricanes.

When I moved to Austin in the mid eighties and no longer had close access to saltwater, my opportunities for surfing naturally diminished, but my obsession never quite disappeared. I started work on this book twelve years later, in part so that I could re-connect and try to understand what it was about surfing and the Gulf Coast that had made such a deep and permanent impression upon me.

I think of myself less as a surf photographer than as a photographer who loves to surf. The essence of surfing, like most sports, is ultimately impossible to photograph or write about. Dreams and memories inform much of the work here. The photographs, I hope, chronicle both Texas’s surfing past and its present. At the beach nothing ever changes and nothing is ever the same. The same is true for surfing. Board design and fashions may change, but the urge to ride a wave, the search for that next perfect swell, is a timeless human preoccupation.

I think about time as I watch the waves growing into the same forms that were seen by our ancient ancestors. As I watch my kids play in the surf, I remember seeing the Gulf for the first time. I remember countless hours spent with friends and family. Time spent at the beach is a return to the source. An intimate and immediate connection with the natural world. You’re riding a wave and you look around at the fish and dolphins that are riding it too--and somehow it just makes sense. Surfing has become commercialized, trivialized and mythologized, but its primal appeal is pure. In these photographs I hope I have managed to portray some of that enduring fascination, as well as the singular and sometimes unexpected beauty of the Texas coast.

Thank you,

Kenny Braun


White Trees

Photographs by Robert Langham III

December 11, 2014 - March 13, 2015

We are bringing in the holiday season with East Texas's own photographer Robert Langham III. We will be exhibiting his body of work titled White Trees. We will exhibit 25 various sizes silver gelatin and platinum/palladium prints. The exhibit opens Thursday, December 11, from 5 - 8pm during ArtWalk. We are located at 207 N. Center St. in downtown Longview, and online at This year, be original, give the gift of art.

Robert Langham III is a native Texan.  For over 40 years he has photographed East Texas and other subject matter that called him.  He continues to work with film and produce prints in a darkroom.  He is a teacher at Tyler Junior College and the National Trophy Individual Senior Rifle Champion.  His images are produced on Borealis Press Notecards and in museum and private collections.  He is the author of "The Blackfork Guide," available at  He blogs at Blackfork and Robert Langham.


4th Annual Holga Out of the Box

International Photo Competition Exhibition


Announcing the winners of our 4th Annual Holga Out of the Box International Photo Competition.  Juror David Burnett selected a group of strong images for both the Gallery and online exhibition from 4 different countries.

1st Place “Charlie & Shannon” © John Armstrong, Seattle, WA

2nd Place "“Gyro” Downtown Austin in the Dark Collection, Gershon Kelman, Los Angeles, CA

3rd Place, “Romance”, John Bridges, Little Rock, AR

the juror was David Burnett, award winning photojournalist. Here is what David had to say about the judging: “There was a lot of very talented work in the contest, and it was  a challenge to boil the entries down to the winners.  I was especially struck by the thoughtful use of multiple exposure techniques.  By the same token, the use of the camera to capture individual real moments, and treat them to that “Holga” look was wonderful.  It’s a great tool, and it was exciting to see Holga enthusiasts ramp up their game.”

Here is information about the Holga camera:

In 1982 T.M. Lee created the Holga. His vision was to inspire millions of Chinese to create lasting memories with this simple and affordable camera, at a time when photography was an expensive luxury in China that few could indulge in. Today, more than three decades later, the Holga has inspired millions throughout the world with the unique imagery it creates in the hands of the inspired artist. The Holga has become a classic. In its many manifestations it bridges the span between traditional photography and modern visual art.

The Holga has it’s huge cult following because of it’s simple design. The simple design makes it considered a toy camera. People love the plastic lens and it’s effect, the vignetted edges, and the strange light leaks. Many feel a successfull Holga image is a gift.

Congratulations to all that made it into the show. It opens October 2 - November 14, 2014 along with ArtWalk from 5-8 pm.


3RD Annual International Holga Out of the Box

Photography Competition Exhibition,

Juror Ted Orland

And the Winners are for the 3RD Annual International Holga Out of the Box Photography Competition Exhibition, juror Ted Orland October 3 – November 22, 2013 at TCC PHOTO|GALLERY located at 207 N. Center St. and on the web at The show opens October 3rd with ArtWalk. -

Best Of Show Chasin’ Down the Moon, Barbara J. Dombach; Holtwood; Pa

2nd Place The Snow at Night, ©Jim Rohan, Wakefield, MA

3rd Place Wish You Were Here, Diane Kaye, Apto, CA

Honorable Mention, Don´t move… , Archival pigment ink, © Jose Manuel Madrona, Valencia, Spain

Honorable Mention, Storm, Digital Inkjet Print, Adam Finkelston, Roeland Park, KS

Honorable Mention ‘Cold Light’, Copyright Notice, Neil Loughlin, Washington, NC

Honorable Mention, Tales of Autumn XI, ©Jacqueline Walters San Francisco, CA

To see the other winning images go here and click on the button that says 3RD Annual International Holga Out of the Box Photography Competition Exhibition, juror Ted Orland

Ted Orland had this to say about the show:

As juror for the 3rd Annual “Holga: Out of the Box” Exhibition, I’d like to first offer my personal thanks to all of you who submitted images for the Show.

In case you’re curious about the jurying process itself, I can only say that – at least in my experience – it’s different every time around. In this case, working alone as the only juror, I began by simply studying each image, slowly and methodically, probably a dozen or more times over a span of several days. After lots of give-and-take, I narrowed the field to those that — well, to those that seemed to speak most clearly to my heart or intellect.

That was the easy part. It required another (and much more difficult) effort to winnow the 250-plus submissions down to the necessary limit of sixty images. And there, indeed, lies the inherent limitation of juried shows – namely, the process itself inevitably excludes some very fine work.

Having myself collected a large stack of rejection slips over the years, I realize there’s little anyone can say to neutralize the disappointment we feel when any of our personal favorites are (inexplicably!) rejected. But I’ve also discovered that sometimes the very same piece that doesn’t make the cut at one exhibition is chosen for an award at another. That’s just to say that quite apart from the work itself, luck and circumstance (and, sigh, the juror’s own artistic tunnel vision) all play a role the selection process.

But I can also say, with considerably greater assurance, that the range of processes and subject matter appearing in these images reflects both a voracious appetite for individual artistic exploration and a collective celebration of the vitality and breadth of Holga-based photography today. This is a really good Exhibition!

And lastly, endless thanks to Tammy Cromer-Campbell for organizing this Exhibition through her TCC Photo Gallery. Her backstage preparation and organization of your images made my part of the process satisfying and distraction-free. I hope you agree with the outcome. — Ted Orland


From The Road

These pictures are from a greater project titled From the Road — a body of work I've made over the course of several cross-country road trips and short jogs from home. The folks pictured are family, friends, strangers and lovers.  They are pictures of travelers and stills from journeys. They are lonely, lustful, and looming around melancholy. They are quiet. -- Jacob Botter

Jacob Botter Bio

Jacob Botter was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, just outside of Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University–Commerce and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University. Jacob has served as adjunct professor of studio art at Louisiana State University and Tulane University. His work has been shown regionally, including the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas; The Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana. Also, his work was selected for publication in Black and White Magazine for its 2007 portfolio contest, and his work has been published in PDN, and ESPN Magazines. Jacob, along with colleague Wes Ferguson, has recently completed work for the book Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine, a written and photographic exploration of the historical significance, landscape and community that surrounds the Sabine River as it moves from Northeast Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. The book will be published by Texas A&M University Press in the spring of 2014. Jacob currently resides at the northwestern corner of the Males Estate in East Texas. There, he builds furniture, makes art, and sips spirits. He is championed by his two dogs, Faline and Blue.


Texas Photographic Society 21 National Show

Juried by Aline Smithson

The Texas Photographic Society (TPS) 21 National Show opens April 4 with ArtWalk and is up through June 14, 2013 here at TCC PHOTO | GALLERY located at 207 N. Center St. in downtown Longview and on the web at

We will exhibit 31 images from the exhibit and local photographer Jimmy Salmon is one of them.

Here's Aline Smithson's Pre-Jurying Comments:

Today's photographic landscape is not an easy one to traverse. There has never been a time in history when so many human beings are holding cameras, and those cameras are available in every possible incarnation. There has never been a time in history when image makers have so many options in which to approach the making of photographs. And it's within this current landscape that that photographers are asked to stand apart, to be authentic, to be technically proficient, create beautiful prints, and to transform the viewer in some new way. These are not easy tasks. It requires a single mindedness and commitment to craft, and a way of seeing that comes from having a unique voice and story to tell.

I am very cognizant that art-based photography is judged alongside compelling documentary photography. I am aware that simplicity is a good thing, but so is complexity. I am looking for truthful photographs, for images that come from the heart, that transform me in some small way, and keep me thinking about them long after I first meet them. I look forward to spending time with your work.

Aline Smithson

Founder and Editor of Lenscratch

Fine Art Photographer


Los Angeles, CA

About the Juror:

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Pairs, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Aline writes and edits the blog, Lenscratch, has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Too Much Chocolate, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photoeye, and has been curating and juroring exhibitions for a number of galleries and on-line magazines. She was a 2009, 2010, and 2011 juror for Critical Mass, and a reviewer at Review LA in 2010 and 2011, amongst other venues. Though she was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by Center, she considers her children her greatest achievement.

About TPS

The Texas Photographic Society founded in 1985, is a nonprofit organization of amateur and professional photographers dedicated to supporting contemporary photography as a means for creative expression and cultural insight. TPS focuses on furthering the educational and artistic development of its members while involving the community at large by sponsoring exhibitions, publications, workshops and outreach programs.

TPS boasts over 1,400 active members from 49 states, and D.C, and 12 countries. While Texas based, over half the membership resides outside the state. TPS exhibits have been shown in California, Florida and throughout Europe. The Board of Directors, now 41 strong, includes: educators, authors, curators, gallery owners, fine art and commercial photographers and other interested professionals. Many notable figures in the photographic arts come to Texas to exhibit at TPS events, host workshops, or juror TPS exhibitions. TPS is funded by members dues, contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.


The Eternal Gift: Photographs by Robert Langham

December 7, 2012 - March 8, 2013

We are ringing in the holiday season with East Texas's own photographer Robert Langham. We will be exhibiting his body of work titled The Eternal Gift. We will exhibit 25 various sizes silver gelatin and platinum/palladium prints. The exhibit opens Friday, December 7, from 5 - 8pm during ArtWalk, Downtown Christmas and Downtown Market. We are located at 207 N. Center St. in downtown Longview, and online at This year, be original give the gift of art.

Robert Langham is a native Texan.  For 40 years he has photographed East Texas and other subject matter that called him.  He continues to work with film and produce prints in a darkroom.  He is a teacher at Tyler Junior College and the National Trophy Individual Senior Rifle Champion.  His images are produced on Borealis Press Notecards and in museum and private collections.  He is the author of "The Blackfork Guide," available at  He blogs at Blackfork and Robert Langham.


Holga Out of the Box - on Creativity that is

2nd Annual International Photography Exhibition

Juror Michael

Exhibition opens Thursday October 4 from 5-8pm

And the Winners are:

Holga Out the Box 2nd Annual International Photography Exhibition, juror Michael Kenna, opens Thursday October 4 from 5 -8 during ArtWalk. The exhibit runs through November 23, 2012, here at TCC PHOTO | GALLERY, located at 207 N. Center St. in Downtown Longview, TX and online at This is exhibition is sponsored in part by Holga and they are celebrating their 30th year this year ! Look for more information on that on their website at

We had entries come to us from 9 countries and many from the USA. Michael Kenna selected Texas photographer Christa Blackwood's image Celia as Best of Show. Kenna selected 60 photographs total, 30 for the gallery exhibition and another 30 to be included in the online gallery.

Michael Kenna had this to say about the judging:

"My Holga is quirky, whimsical and unpredictable - a few of the many reasons I love this camera. I am often pleasantly surprised by the unexpected results I get, as well as occasionally disappointed. Holgas, in my experience, have a habit of keeping you guessing. It seems, from viewing almost 500 Holga images in this competition, that I am not alone in this regard. The last time I juried a photography competition was back in 1989. Since then I have adamantly refused jurying invitations and I now remember why. How does one pick winners from so much good material! The breadth and high quality of pictures submitted for this 2nd Annual International Holga Out of the Box competition made my work extremely difficult - and also highly enjoyable. I viewed all the images over and over - time and repetition has a way of sifting and sorting. I was particularly looking for originality, surprise and spontaneity - hallmarks of Holga images - as well as visual pleasure. I also, of course, considered technical excellence, but not as the highest priority. Some images seemed to grow in stature over repeated viewings, others which struck me forcibly the first time, settled back somewhat. Ultimately, I chose 30 images for the physical exhibition and 30 for the web exhibition, although many more could have been included. My choice is completely subjective and I have absolutely no doubt that another juror might pick different images. I offer my humble apologies to those entrants whose work was not chosen, and my hearty congratulations to those whose work was chosen. I have often said that one of the hardest part about photography is showing up. I would like to therefore thank and applaud all the entrants for showing up and submitting their work. The world needs every bit of creativity we can collectively come up with and I sincerely appreciate viewing these many fine Holga photographs. Chosen or not, the fact is we are all winners at this visual feast."

Here is the list of Gallery Show winners - 30

Best of Show - Christa Blackwood, Austin, TX

2nd Place - Chester Ng, Montery, CA

3rd Place - Carol Watson, Blanco, TX

Honorable Mention 1 - Thomas Michael Alleman, Los Angeles, CA

Honorable Mention 2 - Paul Beauchemin, Los Angeles, CA

Honorable Mention 3 - Jose Manuel Madrona, Valencia, Spain

Honorable Mention 4 - Connie Conway, Los Angeles, CA

Amanda Smith, Johnson City, TX

Amy Fitcher, Menomonie, WI,

Andy Jenkins, Dublin, OH

Anna Wloch, Krakòw, Poland

Carol Mikkelson, Hood River, OR

Diane Kaye, Aptos, CA

Francesca di Leo, Los Angeles, CA

Heather Oelklaus, Colorado Springs, CA

Jim Rohan, Wakefield, MA

John Armstrong, Seattle, WA

John Wrather, Longview, TX

Kais Velingen Flatekval, Staumsgrend, Norway

Linda Kessler, Brooklyn, NY

Liz Potter, Austin, TX

Michele Cole, South Hampton, NJ

Neil Loughlin, Washington, NC

Patty Lemke, Los Angeles, CA

Petra Davis , San Francisco, CA

Darlene Poloniak, Skokie, IL

Thomas Michael Alleman, Los Angeles, CA

Valerie Yaklin Brown, Magnolia, TX

Here are the 30 selected for the online exhibit (of course the ones listed above will be online as well)

Amanda Lattery , Gladewater, TX

Amy Fichter* Menomonie, WI,

Bill Wolff, Bear, PA

Carol Mikkelson, Hood River, OR

Carol Watson, Blanco, TX

Chester Ng, Montery, CA

Claudia Gorma, Pleasant Valley, NY

Ginger Cook, Paris, TX

Daniel Grant, San Francisco, CA

Adrienne Defendi, Palo Alto, CA

Diane Kaye. Aptos, CA

Erin Malone, San Francisco, CA

Guy Reynolds, Dallas, TX

Jalo Porkkal, Noormarkku, Finland

Jason Benning, Troy, OH

Jim Rohan, Wakefield, MA

John Armstrong, Seattle, WA

Jose Manuel Madrona, Valencia, Spain

Kent Mercurio, San Diego, CA

Liz Potter, Austin, TX

Lorraine Healy, Freeland, WA

Mia Hanson, New York, NY

Nathalie Mansey, Malahat, BC, Canada

Peggy Hartzell, Glenmore, PA

Petra Davis, San Fracisco, CA

Stacie Turner, Westheartford, CT

Thomas Michael Alleman, Los Angeles, CA

Tom Debiec, Lancaster, PA


First Annual International Hot Air Balloon Competition Exhibition Juror Harvey Stein

TCC PHOTO | GALLERY is proud to announce the winners of the First Annual International Hot Air Balloon Competition Exhibition Juror Harvey Stein. The exhibition opens July 23 - September 14, 2012. TCC PHOTO | GALLERY is located at 207 N. Center St. in Downtown Longview, TX and on the web at The gallery is open from 10 - 6pm Monday - Friday.

With The City of Longview and the Great Texas Balloon Race hosting A World Class Event, The US Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championships for the next three years 2012 - 2015 we are having two receptions for the First Annual International Hot Air Balloon Competition Exhibition. The first opens Wednesday July 25, from 4-8 and the second with ArtWalk Thursday July 26, from 4-8. Join us we serve refreshments and spirits for this up in the air event.

And the winners are:

Best of Show is Mèlie's Dream, collage by Fran Forman

Second Place 100 Years, Patty Lemke

Third Place, Untitled 1, Clark Langley

Honorable Mention Airborne, Fran Forman

Honorable Mention Field of Balloons, Jacob Adkinsson

Honorable Mention In the Clouds, Val Isenhower

Honorable Mention Luminous Inflation, Jennifer Meihofer

And here are the rest of the winners

Clark Langley

Carol Watson

Audrey Watson

Becky Thompson

George Campbell

Jan Martinsky

Jennifer Melhofer

Judith Panagotopulos

Michelle Ford

Nancy Pasel

Scott Leberman

Steve Korevec

Steven List

Steve Stokan

Val lsenhower

John Petty

Lisa Smith

Patty Lemke

Juror Harvey Stein had this to say about the competition:

As near as I can tell, about 30 percent of the images I’ve selected for this exhibition were taken from hot air balloons while in the air. For whatever reasons, I have never been up in a hot air balloon, even though I’ve heard about how silent, beautiful, peaceful and wonderful an experience it is. Maybe I was afraid, maybe I didn’t have much opportunity, living in the great urban center of New York City. Maybe I was always too busy photographing earth bound subjects. But last October 1st, I had the great pleasure of being in Albuquerque’s sprawling Balloon Fiesta Park, freezing along with thousands of others, at 4AM and getting ready for the mass ascension of the world’s largest hot air balloon extravaganza. Of course, I was there to photograph, which I did until about 10AM. I was amazed at the passion, awe and love that the balloonists, as well as the spectators expressed at the event.

So I was thrilled when asked to jury the TCC Photo Gallery’s International Hot Air Balloon competition. Viewing the submitted images, it took me back to that chilly, dusty field in Albuquerque. I again felt the exhilaration and wonder of these beautiful flying balloons. So many of the images capture the sublime, ethereal, calm beauty of this sport. And what these images do for me is to instill the desire to get up in the air in one of these giant creatures. So thank you all contestants, and my congratulations to those of you who have been selected to exhibit your work. Your photographs are masterful. Hey, keep shooting and being UP in the air, flying freely. I’ll wave to you when we pass each other.

Harvey Stein

New York City

July 1, 2012

Be on the look out for news and information about our Second Annual International Hot Air Balloon Competition. Co- Jurors are Dr. Bill Bussey and Harvey Stein. TCC PHOTO | GALLERY will have information on the web-site in the spring of 2013. Sign up to be included on newsletter here


Tami Bone

Artist Statement

Tami Bone grew up in the rough and tumble of deep South Texas where she spent a childhood

blessedly free and driven by her imagination. Her photographic work today pulls from these early

beginnings, calling forth yearnings, hopes, fears and dreams that make their way into her narrative


Today Tami lives in Austin, Texas and engages photography as a means of story telling and selfexpression,recognizing that the stories we tell form our personal truths and modern day folklore. Shebelieves that our stories, in essence, the way that we choose to interpret ourselves and our world, aresignificant and have the power to shape our lives, before finally, they become our lives. Her most

recent body of work, Mythos, is her ongoing story.


She attended The University of Texas, and later in life discovered her interest in photography. Her

work has been shown nationally in both invitational group exhibitions and juried exhibitions, and in

2012 will be shown in several solo exhibitions. She has received numerous awards and recognitions,

including being listed by BWGallerist as one of the Best of the Best Emerging Fine Art Photographers

of 2011; selection as a 2011 Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist, a Photo Review 2010 Competition

Winner, a 2009 Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist and a 2008 Review Santa Fe participant.


Local Artists: Bryan Boyd, Michael Cavazos, and Glenda Derveloy

Join us Friday December 2, from 5 - 8:30 for an artist reception of local photographers Bryan Boyd, Michael Cavazos, and Glenda Derveloy. All three photographers studied under O. Rufus Lovett at Kilgore College. The same evening, Discover Downtown Christmas, Downtown Market, and ArtWalk - they are all happening at the same time. Lots of fun for the entire family.

Bryan Boyd will be displaying "House of LeRoy", Boyd said, "This series captures the unique way that one man creates what I first imagined to be “yard decor.”

Michael Cavazos is showing a series of images of birds and hi-line wires. Cavazos said, "This group of images are the result of challenging myself to make something interesting of what is overlooked by many every day, as well as my falling in love with the simple complexities of photographing wildlife in its man made habitat."

Glenda Derveloy is showing a series of images she photographed using High Dynamic Range method or HDR. Derveloy said, " These images are my attempts at turning both everyday scenes that may not seem remarkable as you drive past them, as well as well-known historical sites and already breathtaking landmarks, into works of art that surprise the onlooker with details or beauty they would not have noticed otherwise."

Byran Boyd BIO


Bryan Boyd is a fifth-generation East Texan who graduated from Pine Tree

High School in 1977. He went on to Oklahoma State Technical College and graduated

with a degree in Commercial Art in 1979. He and his wife of nine years, Karen, reside in

Pine Tree,and have two daughters,Alaina,who is five-years-old and MaKenzie who is three.


Mr. Boyd’s passions are in the areas of painting, archeology and photography,

but he began a career in printing in Dallas,Texas in 1979 and has been deeply involved in the

printing industry since that time. He eventually left Dallas to return to East Texas and

became employed at Hudson Printing in 1989. Bryan has many years of experience in the printing industry and

recently celebrated his twenty second year of employment with Hudson.


In 1982, Bryan began expressing the beauty of the East Texas area, its rich history and its inhabitants

on canvas. One of his best-known paintings is of the Mittie Stephens steamboat as it was docked at the wharf in Jefferson,Texas in 1868. This painting,completed in 1986,required a great deal of research and is currently on display in downtown Jefferson. In 1987, Bryan was interviewed by Joan Hallmark and he was featured in the Proud of East Texas series as a prominent, local artist. Following the completion of the Mittie Stephens painting, Mr. Boyd involved himself in yet another research project in order to successfully portray a historical scene of the Marshall Train Depot. This depot painting was awarded Best of Show in the 1989 Stagecoach Days in Marshall,Texas and remains a part of

his private collection.


Along with painting, Mr. Boyd is also involved in the preservation of the history of East Texas

and is currently serving his twelfth year as one of approximately 100 volunteers in the Texas Historical Commission

(THC) Stewardship Network. As a steward, some of his duties are to educate local landowners on how to protect archeological sites on their property, perform the physical task of finding, recording and monitoring archeological sites, help obtain protective designations for important sites and record private artifact collections. Bryan has participated in a special area of education by speaking to schools and preservation groups about archeological procedures. He has assisted THC archeologists with numerous digs and surveys and has been called on to carry out emergency, or

“salvage,” excavations when an archeological resource is threatened.


Since high school, photography has been another of Bryan’s many interests. His unique

photography has been critiqued and awarded numerous accolades by such accomplished photographers as True Redd,

O.Rufus Lovett,Tammy Cromer-Campbell and Scott Campbell. His collections have been on display at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts and at P’s Gallery.

Artist Statement:

The collection, “House of Leroy,” celebrates an elderly man’s real-life example of the old adage, “Make use of what you have instead of spending your life wishing for things that you do not have.” This series captures the unique way that one man creates what I first imagined to be “yard decor.” His whimsical use of materials that most people might discard such as used light bulbs, plastic bags, old toys and a faded baseball cap intrigued me. Through my camera lens, his creation was a true work of art. However, when I inquired about the real purpose of it all, his reply was simply, “To keep the birds away.” These images portray how one man’s resourcefulness can become another man’s vision. In a society filled with people that are rarely satisfied with what God has granted them, Leroy became a true inspiration to me.

Michael Cavazos BIO

Michael Cavazos was born on March 21, 1983 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. One week later moved to McAllen, Texas and by the age of two, Kilgore, Texas. After graduating from Kilgore High School, he studied photography under the direction of O. Rufus Lovett at Kilgore College and Christopher Talbot at Stephen F. Austin State University. Michael now works at the Longview News-Journal where he provides photography/videography for feature stories, news, sports and much more.

Michael Cavazos Artist Statement:

This series began out of sheer boredom. While looking to pass the time, I photographed a bird sitting on a power line. Silhouetted by an overcast sky void of anything natural in the frame other than the bird itself. Upon further review of the image, I began to think about how birds have been forced to adapt to man replacing their natural habitat. I also enjoyed the geometry of the simple black on white silhouette made by the subject matter against a blank sky. At that time, I decided to set some rules as to what the images would consist of and shoot more. No nature is to be in the image, there must be at least one bird, and it must be a silhouette against a blank sky. The series quickly became a challenge to stick to my rules and keep making new and interesting images of the same thing over and over without letting it become mundane. This group of images are the result of challenging myself to make something interesting of what is overlooked by many every day, as well as my falling in love with the simple complexities of photographing wildlife in its man made habitat.

Glenda Derveloy BIO

Glenda Derveloy continues to study photography at Kilgore College while working as a legal videographer and fine art/portrait photographer. She has studied digital photography and high dynamic range photography through workshops conducted by Dan Burkholder and participated in the Holga workshop conducted by Tammy Cromer-Campbell. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and exhibits including Childhood: An International Exhibit, "Short Exposure" exhibits at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, and several Kilgore College student shows. Among her honors and awards are being published as a finalist in Photographer's Forum Best of College Photography 2010 and Photographer's Forum Spring 2010 Annual, numerous awards in the Fine Art, Landscape, and Human Interest categories of the Texas Bank & Trust Calendar Contest from 2008 through 2011, and being named Who's Who in Photography for 2007 at Kilgore College.

Glenda Derveloy Artist Statement

O. Rufus Lovett first introduced me to the technique of high dynamic range photography in my digital photography class at Kilgore College. Instructor Lovett also showed the class one of Dan Burkholder’s breathtaking HDR images from the series of photographs of the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans portrayed in Burkholder’s book “The Color of Loss”. I became immensely interested in HDR photography at this point and subsequently met Mr. Burkholder and then attended one of his HDR workshops. These images are my attempts at turning both everyday scenes that may not seem remarkable as you drive past them, as well as well-known historical sites and already breathtaking landmarks, into works of art that surprise the onlooker with details or beauty they would not have noticed otherwise.

“Trinity Lost” is an image I created as an experiment, and is one of my favorite creations. The “ghost” is the subject of the image. However, I am always delighted when I find “ghosts” in images that were not planned that way, as in “Deserted” and “The Flagship”.


New York Noir

Street Photography by Orville Robertson

Curated by Roy Flukinger

Join us for the opening reception of New York Noir, Street Photography by Orville Robertson and curated by Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator at the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX. Thursday October 6 from 4-8pm - during ArtWalk. The exhibit will be up through November 19. The gallery is located at 207 N. Center St. in downtown Longview, TX and on the web at

We conducted a Skype interview between the photographer and curator to better understand the scope of the work. Here is the interview.


Today we have Orville Robertson, New York photographer and Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin.


My name is Orville Robertson I am a New York City street photographer. I've been s street photography for about 33 years or so, and I love what I do. Walking around and only photographing what I find interesting. I usually take anywhere from 5 to 10 shots and then go home.

I shoot very slowly. Like 20 to 25 rolls of film a year slowly. When I first started photographing street I shot a lot more than I do now. Most street photographers take more pictures in a day than I do in a year. I just never felt comfortable doing that. Part of what has kept me fresh is my love for what I dot. The fact that i shoot very deliberately and then quickly take a picture. When I first started photographing I shot as much as I could because I followed what was expected. One day I was introduced to Marcia Sheer, who was a pinhole photographer, and asked to assist her with managing her equipment for outdoor shooting sessions. Her methodical approach and one-hour exposures drove me nuts at first. But it made me understand that if you concentrated and used kind of a large format mentality, where each frame meant something rather than just burning through roll after roll, you would actually get a higher percentage of what I felt were good photographs. You have a lot of street photographers who disagree philosophically, and that is their method that works best for them. I certainly respect that. But if I shot 36 exposures and did not find at least 10 interesting, and perhaps 5 quality, images I would probably cut my throat.


While you may say that you only expose 5 to 10 images on a given journey, it appears that you very prolific. Your slow approach seems to work for you. It is really great to see you post new images on Facebook all the time.


Number one, I love the title, New York Noir. I think it is very onomatopoeic. It's got a wonderful ring to it and sounds like the images look.

Number two is the fact that I have seen work by lots of night photography by other photographers. I think most of them have said that it has forced them to come to terms with things like lighting and structures which is addressed differently from the daytime work. But what was interesting to me was that you said it forced you to become a better daytime photographer too. Which I think is quite remarkable. Quite nice and the evidence is clearly there. With night photography, of course what is obvious is the light is entirely different. The light is more directed by other sources not by a general overall sunshine, and with that you have to compensate and take that advantage. And I think that is one of the things that you sir do particularly well. Because you are aware of what's going on there and you still have that great fascination with the street. Not just for it's overall theatrical look and broad face , but to also come in close and see things , see in details, see things structurally that were there that contribute to each photograph's power. That power lies within the body of work and in I think it will be evident in the show that you can deal with it on many different levels at once.

What fascinates me is the fact that one picture can step back and present a broad sort of documentary awareness of the street and everything in it, while the next one can be up close and possess a vibrant intensity. It can be a character study; it can take advantage of the blur of the figure . It can take advantage of the out of focus figure . I can give us fascinating juxtaposition because of what is going in front and what is going on way back of you - and behind you - and it all ties together in a complex structure. And I love that sort of work when it is done well by a photographer like Orville, either during the day or at night. You happen to do it eloquently . And you address that the challenge even more in the nightime. Plus the fact that your compositions are always right on and they embody such fascinating structures in and of themselves. That complexity on the one hand looks very simple but on the other hand grows very fascinating the more you dig into and see it. I love the pure experience of looking at your work.

Finally, I should note that the intuition you follow throughout your career remains very sound and you continually come up with the imagery that supports that intuition and invigorates the feeling that lies behind it very much. Orville's imagery is deeply felt, and always has been. Many photographers look at the street and can find something that is interesting or ironic or cute. But you go further. You get in there and make us feel what it is like to pound the pavement and feel the air and smell the scents of the city. And THAT feeling, THAT emotive force, is truly tremendous.


Do you find that particular technique has made you miss some opportunities or not?


I am always thinking of the next. the next, the next. If you get aggravated because you missed a really good shot, you are going to miss the next one as well. The concentration required to consistently shoot street photography at a high level is enormous and totally mesmerizing. You must have deep passion for the whole thing; the streets, the people, your camera in your hands, pressing that shutter down hard.

i have an expression I love saying: There are pictures everywhere. On a great day it consumes your vision corner to corner. You could not possibly grab everything. That, even if possible, is never my intention. I slam my shutter down when that internal voice screams at me to take the picture now. In truth the only true technique I use is to guess focus and snap the shot. I hate to fidget with the focus so use tabbed wide-angle lenses so I know by feel how to set my distance.

Thank you very much ! i am not used to people talking about my work, so this is greatly appreciated.


Orville Robertson

Orville Robertson has been a street photographer for over thirty years. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the United States and is represented in many major museum, private, and corporate collections.  He is the co-curator of “Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers” at the Brooklyn Museum in 2001, highlighting one hundred living black photographers, and was featured in Deborah Willis’s Smithsonian exhibition and book entitled, “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 – 1999.” He was a reviewer at Portland’s PhotoLucida 2003 and Houston’s Fotofest 2000-2002. His work was featured at New York City’s Leica Gallery in the group show “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning”, curated by 2002 MacArthur Fellow Deborah Willis and Lisa Henry. In 2004 his group show “Man-ifestations: Photographs of Men”, co-curated with Kay Kenny, was exhibited at The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was also awarded a 2002 Fellowship in Photography by the New York Foundation for the Arts. The following year he was selected as one of New York’s best night photographers as part of the New York Foundation for the Arts/Tanqueray Night Photography Awards. He was the founding publisher and editor of Fotophile, the photography journal, from 1993 to 2008.


His work is represented by Jack Domeischel ( ). He lives in Astoria, New York City with his wife Patricia and has worked for Verizon as a representative for the past 28 years. He loves being a street photographer.


Roy Flukinger

As Senior Research Curator at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Mr. Flukinger is currently in charge of the development, administration and application of the collections. He has and continues to lecture and publish extensively in such fields as: regional, cultural and contemporary photography, the history of art and photography, and film. He has produced nearly fifty exhibitions ranging from classical photohistory to contemporary photography, and from photographers' retrospectives to American/regional/Texas photography. He serves as juror, reviewer and evaluator for contemporary photographic events, institutions and support organizations, as well as finds and developes acquisitions for the HRHRC Photography & Film Department. Mr. Flukinger serves as liason for the Department with fellow professionals worldwide throughout the fields of Photography & Film.


John Wrather Artist’s Statement

“Life is not perfect so why should your photographs be”. I heard this statement in a workshop from one of the photographers I greatly admire. For me this statement led me into more creative photography rather than documentation. The question is how to take an ordinary scene or subject and make something unusual, visually fresh and stimulating to the viewer. I like to leave the viewer wondering what did he see in that and how did he get to this point. The creative motivation and the interpretation of the image is why I do photography. You are a success if someone views your image and takes more time to think about the emotion and mystery rather than just saying isn’t that a pretty picture. If you look at an image and see something you missed on the first look, I have created something worthwhile.


Born Longview, Texas and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Is an oil and gas producer in Longview, Texas.

Always had a passion for photography but was particularly intrigued by the depth and scope of Fine Arts Photography

Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida l965, B S Degree

He continued his photography education when he studied black & white photography and color photography under O. Rufus Lovett instructor and contributor to Texas Monthly Magazine, Texas Highways Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, Gear Magazine, and others


1998 Photoview

Studied under Ruth Bernhard and Michael Kenna

1999 Santa Fe Photographic Workshop

Studied under Mark Nohl photographer for New Mexico Magazine

2000 Santa Fe Photographic Workshop

Studied under Alan Ross assistant to Ansel Adams

The “Two Girls” photograph was taken on location in Santa Fe, New Mexico

and published in The Best of College Photography book

2002 Maine Photographic Workshop

Studied under Joyce Tennison nationally known portrait photographer

2004 Santa Fe Photographic Workshop

2005 Santa Fe Photographic Workshop -- San Miguel Allende, Mexico

Studied under Keith Carter nationally known fine art photographer

Studied under Raul Touzon National Geographic Photographer and Contributor

2005 Touzon photographic Workshop – Tuscany, Italy

2006 Touzon Photographic Workshop – Cannes, France

2007 Touzon Photographic Workshop – Barcelona, Spain

2008 Touzon Photographic Workshop – Paris, France

2009 Touzon Photographic Workshop – Maine

2010 Touzon Photographic Workshop – Dublin, Ireland


Image Gallery, Longview, Texas 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Kilgore College Student Show l998, l999, 2000, 2001

Letourneau University solo exhibit 2003

Longview Museum of Fine Arts

Best of the Southwest l999

Members Exhibition 2003 & 2005

Short Exposure Exhibit 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011

Kilgore College Newspaper

Longview News Journal

Texas Bank & Trust Photography Contest – Best of Show Award 2006


Heal Our World


John Trotter

No Aqua, No Vita

I’d crossed the Colorado River many times over the years and once even spent a few days in a canoe on the Green, one of its main tributaries, wondering where all the water propelling my boat would eventually go. When I finally went to find that place, four years to the day after a near-death experience, I was ready for the river to take me far away from what I’d had to survive.

But the Colorado, I soon learned, was greatly reduced from what it once was and no longer made its ancient rendezvous with the Sea of Cortez. Forces north of the border had other destinations planned for the river’s water and in 1922 divided its annual flow between seven U.S. states and Mexico. On this foundation and with the help of many dams, the southwestern United States as we know it has been built. Without water from the Colorado, cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego would be greatly reduced, desiccated versions of themselves and many of the fresh fruits and vegetables available year-round in our grocery stores would vanish.

But as it has turned out, the foundation of everything, the premise of 1922, is false and more water has been promised to each player than historically actually exists in the river.

My ongoing documentary project explores the perception of the river as a seemingly unlimited, plentiful resource, as well as the consequences of this belief.


A native of Missouri, John Trotter worked as a newspaper photojournalist for fourteen years, on stories large and small, local and international. He photographed events ranging from local elections to national political conventions and covered United States military interventions in Panama, Somalia and Haiti. Some of his work from Somalia was part of a United Nations exhibition on that country’s massive famine in 1992.

On March 24, 1997, while on assignment in Sacramento, California for The Sacramento Bee, he was nearly beaten to death by a half-dozen young men. During his long recovery from that attack he photographed Sierra Gates, a brain injury rehabilitation residence, where he himself had lived after his release from the hospital. Those photographs have been published and exhibited in Europe and the United States and a book of them is forthcoming.

In Mexico, on the fourth anniversary of his attack, Trotter took the first pictures for his ongoing project on the Colorado River.

He has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 2000.

Tammy Cromer-Campbell

Heroes of the Gulf/Dying for Profit

With Fruit of the Orchard | Environmental Justice in East Texas successfully published as a book, and knowing that Winona's environmental injustice problems are not limited to Winona, it was time to expand the project to to include other communities in East Texas and the Gulf Coast struggling with environmental injustice. The working title is Dying For Profit.

With the largest environmental disaster in our nation’s history still unfolding and the egregious efforts of BP trying to say - all is well now, this story is now a part of Heroes of the Gulf. In the beginning all cameras were on the Gulf and what was happening to the people and their environment. Now with the well capped, the cameras have gone. The national news thinks the story is over. The people feel abandoned. The people in the communities truly believe they are experiencing first hand the effects of toxic exposure from the oil and the dispersant. BP and the US Government say that the Corexit is no longer being sprayed since they capped the well. People living in the communities believe otherwise. Now the Dolphins are dying off in record numbers. This story is far from over. Many scientists report that the Gulf will be experiencing the environmental effects for years to come. I will introduce you to some of the Heroes on the Gulf. Those that are trying to keep their culture alive.


Tammy Cromer-Campbell is an award winning American photographer best known for her work as a social documentary photographer and speaker. Cromer-Campbell received her Associates of Applied Arts degree in commercial photography from Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas under the direction of O. Rufus Lovett. She continued her education by taking workshops from the masters in photography, such as Arnold Newman, Ruth Bernhard, Michael Kenna, Keith Carter, John Sexton, and others. The University of North Texas Press published, Fruit of the Orchard/Environmental Justice in East Texas. She’s received many honors and awards including Blue Earth s first ever cash grant, in 1999, for Fruit of the Orchard. Her work’s included in public and private collections internationally such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museet for Fotocunst, Belgium, and others. Fruit of the Orchard won a 1st Place under entertainment and culture in the Green Dot Awards and Cromer-Campbell is a 2009 National Women's History Project Honoree for the Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet. Her work is one of the 10 masters featured on the Holga Inspire website

Here are two great organizations helping the communities in the Gulf. Please contribute to them. The need is great.

Guardians of the Gulf

Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana


Illustrating Global Change through Local People

Benjamin Drummond with multimedia stories by Sara Joy Steele

Climate change is a global problem, but every community has a local story. Whether the impacts are direct or make existing challenges worse, these are the stories society needs to know. We have to learn them from each other, see them in the news, make art about them and discuss them in our schools. After all, people cause, face the consequences of, and must collectively stop this climate crisis. But to mobilize global effort we must generate local will.

Facing Climate Change is a long-term documentary project that tells the story of global change through local people. From semi-nomadic reindeer herdsmen in the Arctic to wildfire fighters of the American West, Benj and Sara use photography and multimedia to document the lives of people around the world as they confront and adapt to the complex issues surrounding global warming. This project began with a series of stories about Sámi reindeer herders in Norway, volunteer glacier monitors from Iceland and fishermen of the North Atlantic. Benj and Sara are currently working in the American West.


As a documentary team, Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele have been telling stories about people, nature and climate change for almost a decade. Over the last two years their personal project, Facing Climate Change, has been featured in Photo District News, Orion Magazine and Mother Jones, in exhibitions from the Ansel Adams / Mumm Napa Fine Art Gallery to Houston Center for Photography, and as a multimedia presentation shown at a variety of venues, from colleges and prisons to art galleries. Their work has been awarded Nau's Grant for Change, a Blue Earth Lottery Project Grant, and the Our World Portfolio Review Orion/Photo Award. Benj and Sara are currently based in Seattle, Washington.


HOLGA Out of the Box International Exhibition


LONGVIEW, TX: TCC PHOTO | GALLERY's very first call for entry was Out of the Box ! We had entrants from 6 different countries. The entrants submitted traditional processes and everything from contact prints, cyanotype, ziatype, wet plate collodion tintype, Van Dyke, lithobrome, infrared, lazertran inkjet on wood panel, silver gelatin, and digital carbon pigment prints.

The Holga Out of the Box call for entries eligibility: must be photographed with a Holga camera. Out of the box refers to creativity - not modifications. We asked entrants to show us your best Holga image with whatever modification you choose. It was open to amateur and professional photographers.

Holga Out of the Box opens February 19th at 7pm with an artist reception and awards ceremony. The exhibit is on view through March 26, 2011. The gallery is located at 207 N. Center St. Longview, TX and on the web at

Holga Out of the Box International Exhibition

Holga Out of the Box exhibit will consist of 25 prints in the physical gallery with an additional 25 images included in the online gallery, totaling 50 images selected. 

And the winners are:

Best of Show $500 and a Holga TLR - Heather Martinez

2nd Place $250 and a Holga N - David Boyce

3rd Place $250 and a Holga N - Jim Rohan

For a complete list of photographers in the show, click here

Longview's Paul Anderson's photograph of the Greenwood Historic Cemetery made it in the gallery show with another one in the online show.

Christine So said "This juried exhibition highlights remarkable artists who demonstrate their artistic vision and creative expression using Holga cameras, an inspiring revelation of the versatility of Holga photography."

Christine So

Christine So is the PR executive for Holga Inspire, an initiative co-founded by Mr. T.M. Lee Holga cameras inventor. Christine So is responsible for Holga Inspires’ strategic planning along with selecting, promoting and connecting Holga photographers from around the world. She is a dedicated advocate of fine art photography, is continuously on the look out for ways to revive an interest in film photography and to inspire artists and art lovers with Holga’s’ unique and original qualities. Christine So has served as a panelist for the Krappy Kamera Competition Holga Inspire Award, acted as curator and organizer of  the well acclaimed International Photography Exhibition “The Holga Inspire” show.

In addition, Christine So is a freelance art writer, works with energy and passion on a wide variety of fascinating photography projects and is involved in charity organizations, donating prints for fund raising auctions in collaboration with Holga artists. Christine So lives in Hong Kong.

Tammy Cromer-Campbell

Tammy Cromer-Campbell is a photographer, author, and filmmaker. She was innovative in using the Holga toy camera to create her first book, Fruit of the Orchard / Environmental Justice in East Texas, The book was published in 2006 by The University of North Texas Press. Tammy Cromer-Campbell has received many honors and awards, including Blue Earth Alliances first ever cash grant for Fruit of the Orchard.  Her work is included in public and private collections internationally such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museet for Fotocunst, Belgium, and others.  Most recently, Fruit of the Orchard is one of the Holga Inspire Master photographers of the Holga that is featured on the Holga Inspire website and in the exhibition that has traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, Longview, Texas, and New York, New York. It also received a first place award under the category of Entertainment and Culture for the first ever Green Dot Awards. Cromer-Campbell is listed as an honoree for National Women's History Month for the 2009 theme: 100 Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet.

Tammy Cromer-Campbell received her degree in Commercial Photography from Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas under the direction of O. Rufus Lovett.  She photographs from her studio/fine art gallery in Longview, TX. 


Within Shadows

Photographs by Susan Burnstine

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung

About the Work:

This ongoing body of work explores the fleeting moments between dreaming and waking – the blurred seconds in which imagination and reality collide.


As a child, I suffered vivid nightmares that stayed with me for days. Often, I would walk around not sure if I was dreaming or awake, as the lines between the two remained blurred. Existing within the shadows of the unconscious made life a curious synthesis of magic and reality.  Portals to the unknown emerged, offering me pathways that seemed to bridge the gap between real and unreal, life and death.  Though the intensity of my dreams did not lessen as an adult, my response transformed. Initially, I was lost within the haze of my dreams. But now, it is through my dreams that I truly see.


Conceived as a trilogy, this project is presented in three successive chapters, On Waking Dreams, Between and Flight, which explore three states of mind: dreaming (subconscious), sleeping (unconscious), and waking (conscious).  To create the images, I recall a significant metaphor, contemplative moment or pathway into the unknown from a dream the night before.  I then capture the fading memory on film that very same day using details from my own imaginings to tap into the collective unconscious.


For these series, I wanted to find a way to portray my dream-like visions entirely in-camera, rather than with post-processing manipulations. To achieve this, I created twenty-one hand-made film cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects and the single element lenses are molded out of plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive limitations has required me to rely on instinct and intuition – the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.                                                 -Susan Burnstine 


Susan won the 2008 Black and White Magazine's 2008 Portfolio Spotlight Award. Dean Brierly of B&W said this of her work, "… regardless of the direction in which Burnstine orients the visual emphasis, her imagery is ultimately about charting a path toward spiritual and emotional liberation. While still probing the metaphysical implications of her subconscious, she doesn't rule out more conceptual exploration in the future.

About Susan Burnstine:

Susan Burnstine is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published throughout the globe and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White UK. Nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography and winner of B&W Magazine’s 2008 Portfolio Spotlight Award.


Texas Photographic Society’s International Exhibit


This extraordinary exhibition that was juried by actress and child book author Jamie Lee Curtis that opens July 1st - September 10, 2010 at TCC PHOTO | GALLERY, located at 207 N. Center St, Longview, TX and on the web at Join us for the opening night during downtown Longview's ArtWalk, July 1st from 5-8pm.

Juror's Pre-Jurying Comments:

Childhood is fleeting – yet sometimes, in a fraction of a second, photographers can capture its essence: joy, pain, play, boredom, frustration, elation. As an author of children's books I have tried to capture what it feels like to be a child - the good and the bad - and to stimulate a dialogue between children and parents regarding the issues raised in the book...

Jamie Lee Curtis

About the Juror:

Jamie Lee Curtis is a film actress with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda. In television, Ms. Curtis co-starred opposite Richard Lewis in the sitcom Anything But Love, as well as the title role in TNT’s adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein’s play, The Heidi Chronicles, and the CBS telefilm, Nicholas’ Gift.

Ms. Curtis is also an author of best-selling children’s books with net sales of all editions exceeding 4.6 million units. In addition to her eighth book, BIG WORDS for Little People which was released in September, 2008 and debuted as #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, she is the author of Is There Really A Human Race?, It’s Hard To Be Five, Learning How To Work My Control Panel, I’m Gonna Like Me, Letting Off A Little Self Esteem, Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery, Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day, Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born, and When I Was Little, A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth.

Ms. Curtis is also an AIDS activist and has a deep and active connection to many children’s charities including, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles as well as being the official spokesperson for CAAF (The Children Affected by Aids Foundation) and on whose Executive Advisory Board she is a serving member and The Starlight/Starbright Foundation. Ms. Curtis is a recovering alcoholic/addict and is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) and The Scott Hitt Foundation.

She is the mother of Annie, age 22 and Thomas, age 13 and has been married for 24 years to actor/director Christopher Guest.

Click here to view a catalog of accepted entries.

About TPS

The Texas Photographic Society, founded in 1985, is a nonprofit organization of amateur and professional photographers dedicated to supporting contemporary photography as a means for creative expression and cultural insight. TPS focuses on furthering the educational and artistic development of its members while involving the community at large by sponsoring exhibitions, publications, workshops and outreach programs.

TPS boasts over 1,400 active members from 49 states, and D.C, and 12 countries. While Texas based, over half the membership resides outside the state. TPS exhibits have been shown in California, Florida and throughout Europe. The Board of Directors, now 41 strong, includes: educators, authors, curators, gallery owners, fine art and commercial photographers and other interested professionals. Many notable figures in the photographic arts come to Texas to exhibit at TPS events, host workshops, or juror TPS exhibitions. TPS is funded by members dues, contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.


Observations of American Roadside Culture

Photographs by Danea Males

Over the past few years I have developed a body of photographic work that explores the manifestations of American culture as displayed along the roadsides of the country. Part of the motivation behind this project is simply to experience being on the road and seeing America. During my travels, being able to document elements of culture serves to record instances of time and place. The photographs also present something quite exquisite—the beauty of a particular location. While many of these settings are mundane in nature, they contain the potential for something grand. Being engaged by the sight of ordinary places, and viewing them as examples of American culture and history is what drives me to make photographs. Recognizing that potential and responding to it photographically is an educational and emotionally fulfilling experience. As part of the journey and the photographic process, I have gained some insight into what elements within the landscape are inherently American.

Making photographic observations about aspects of American culture forces me to consider the significance of the appeal of my subjects. America is my home. I am citizen of this country and therefore have a connection to its inhabitants. The way in which we mark the land out of utilitarian necessity or creativity has become increasingly familiar to me, and to document these markings through photography directly brings attention to how Americans use the land, and inhabit the country. Social commentary, documentation of a time and place, and responding to a thing of beauty are integral to the work. Developing an awareness of American culture contributes insight to familiar surroundings. However, there is no one answer to the question of what comprises American values. Some aspects of American culture are distinct to the country; others contain a universal appeal. To understand what is considered beautiful and essential within the culture gives a linkage to the work.

Inherent to making photographs is the obligation to ponder the experience, and reflect on historical memory. The various elements of Americana serve as evidence of the necessities of the way of life, cultural experience, and the different perceptions held by the American people. By definition, Americana is representative of things from or about the United States. My photographs question ideas that are often considered to be unwavering fact. However, I offer this body of work to layered interpretations. History, knowledge and experience affect perception, and in some cases, the imagery takes advantage of a visual irony that might otherwise go unnoticed. The continuing thread of observing America brings the work together to form a complete statement on the subject of Americana and my response to it.

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