Dan Gilman

Patreon

I jhave had a Patreon account for over ten years, never really used it but I also just recently learned you can have free memberships! Facebook for me is going the way of Twitter, and I know my other social media accounts are not airports so I don’t need to announce my arrival or departure, but all in all I find myself using Patreon more and more and other social media accounts less. Link: https://www.patreon.com/dangilman

Children’s Story Time with Austin Behlke at Books & Barrels

We went to Independent Bookstore Day at Books & Barrels today to listen to Austin read some books to kids! Ended up getting a couple of books and it was the first time we’ve had to come in since they’ve started reorganizing! Sloan even gave Zoe some free dental work. Independent Bookstore Day is observed on the last Saturday in April. It is a national one-day celebration that supports and celebrates independent bookstores across the U.S. On this day, bookstores host events, offer discounts, and provide safe spaces for literature and ideas.

A Super Collider of Zigs and Zags Book Launch

Was more than happy to photograph the book launch of Brendon Behlke’s poetry collection: A Super Collider of Zigs and Zags at Books & Barrels tonight! A collection of over 100 poems, each poem was submitted as a prompt to an AI art generator and produced the artwork on display. Published by Fontaine House Publishing. Brendon Behlke

Sloan’s first Trick-or-Treat!

Zoe, April, Carrie, and myself took Sloan and Jade to “THIS is HOWL-o-WEEN” Trick or Treat Carnival” hosted by Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center and then to her very first Trick-or-Treat in downtown Longview! We dinked around one of our favorite haunts (Books & Barrels), had some drinks at Silver Grizzly Espresso, flopped out at Wild Honey Creamery, and then made our rounds to all the vendors handing out candy to my very own Mothma’am! I also took a couple of shots of Jade with the Canon EOS M3 to calibrate it before letting her use it for the day: These are my two favorite photographs of Sloan that Jade captured:

ArtWalk Longview Texas

ArtWalk Longview April

It was an absolutely stunningly beautiful day for a downtown event, and despite the city of Longview having a boil notice for the water supply, Arts Longview’s ArtWalk April went forward. It was supposed to be the biggest yet, but I’ve been to three, maybe four and never could find parking unless I’d go to the end of West Tyler Street all the way to North First Street (the last one I had to park in front of Longview News-Journal when I came an hour early), but was able to park in front of Oil Horse Brewing Co. for this ArtWalk, despite being an hour late, but then maybe that’s the secret. The mood seemed fairly tense in comparison with […]

Strut Your Mutt 2022 (Longview Animal Control and Adoption Center

Before we moved to Dallas we volunteered at the Longview Animal Control and Adoption Center to socialize the dogs by walking them and giving the animals regular human interaction, we also fostered kittens. We’ve adopted two of our menagerie from them and absolutely adore the people who work and volunteer there. For the past few years everything has been insanely hectic for everyone, so it was great to see so many people, vendors, sponsors and local companies turn out to support them! LCAC Links: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Longview Art Walk (October 7th, 2021)

As much as I enjoyed shooting last night and editing photos until late in the evening, I was exhausted today but still wanted to run amok in historic Longview and see some of the arts! I ended up mainly chatting up artists, briefly reuniting with friends, oogling other photographers work, and looking down back alleys and cobblestone side streets for cool places to shoot portraits in the future. I did have a brief moment where there was entirely too many people and I just ended up petting doggos and looking for cool bugs to photograph. No bugs, but found some weird bulbous plant just dingling about right outside the main square. ArtWalk Longview links: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Longview Poet’s Society (October 6th, 2021)

Everything I know about poetry pretty much comes from Redd Foxx and Andrew Dice Clay, which isn’t to say I can’t appreciate poetry… I’m just not inclined to be able to do more than listen and know what I like. Regardless! I do like Brendon, I’ve known him for quite some time, longer than anyone else I’ve known in Texas, and I asked him if he minded if I came to take photographs of the poetry reading at Books & Barrels (website), which I did! I hadn’t really shot anything with an actual camera since the freeze, so it was super nice to actually get back into it, even if it felt super awkward at first!