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
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:
Went scootin’ and skedaddling through the Ellis Home and Garden Pumpkin Glow at here in Longview today! Sloan was tired more than anything, but enjoyed dinking around through the walk-through, and there was plenty to see and do even for babies! Though honestly I think she was down to throw hands at the petting zoo for some odd reason…
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
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!
My second time shooting with ACRD, and I have to give big huge thanks to Wicked for inviting me and reminding me that I’m more than welcome! There are some amazing photographers here too, I seem to roll in right as things are starting and they’re all set up with c-stands and remote flash units, I feel a bit like a nitwit trying to stay out of their way but also see what they’re shooting and interested in.
Feels super awkward shooting a new league, the handful of times I’ve shot Dallas Derby Devils it was closed practices and this feels official, well… because it’s actual “We’re selling tickets!” games. I met Wicked through Jayne (Hexa Dessie Maul) Ochoa who skated for ACRD and then for DDD, and I met Jayne in Photography class at Richland College, and she helped us out on a light painting night class. This feels really “real” official.
We got extra credit for shooting this, honestly I feel like most of the shots were super, super annoyingly pedestrian except for the very last one. Spending a good three hours walking around my old neighborhood (we used to live a block away from Half Priced Books, where this all started) taking photos of drunken and loud people, the parade had finished and everyone was filtering away trying to beat the rush out, and I had a feeling just to keep my camera on me instead of putting it away, and in a sea of green, there was this one lady with a red shirt on sitting down for a smoke. She looked as absolutely done with this nonsense as […]
Aztlan Arts Tattoo hosted a fire show last night! I’ve never been to one and it was pretty amazing to watch! I was grateful for having done some limited time lapse night time light painting at Richland College because I just wanted to go to this for funsies but I feel like I took some good shots (always feel like they could have been better but that’s me)! You can check out their official: Instagram, & Facebook. There’s also Izze’s Instagram and Syl’s Instagram.
America Ferrera and Alicia Keys visited Richland College to encourage students to vote, it was my first time dealing with crowds and trying to keep my mind on my camera settings over the sound was overwhelming at first, but after I got used to just (mostly politely) pushing through on past people it was enjoyable if a bit insane. My wife couldn’t believe I didn’t know who America Ferrera was.