Fifteen Images

My blogging friend Tom the Beanie Cap Guy posted an entry recently called “11 Images,” in which he talks about the 11 images that represent his photography in the past three years. His art is quite different from mine, though I find it incredibly passionate and compelling. I thought it would be a neat challenge to do an “11 images” myself. Who knows; maybe it will become a firestorm of creativity. The last three years have been pretty intense. We started Ada Magazine, and I am the editor. Abby was seriously ill. My mom died.

I don’t necessarily believe these are my best images, and I have shot so many more that I love, but they are something of a sample of how and what I have been shooting for the past three years. I made an effort to pare it down, but ended up with 15, not 11. So here are 15 images that I think speak to my work in the last three years, both personal and professional…

Abby at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, October 2008. This was on our fourth anniversary.
Abby at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, October 2008. This was on our fourth anniversary.
Safe! Byng vs Ada softball, August 2007
Safe! Byng vs Ada softball, August 2007
Looking west from the Chisos basin, Big Bend National Park, Texas, spring 2007.
Looking west from the Chisos basin, Big Bend National Park, Texas, spring 2007.
Bumble bee and Rose-of-Sharon, summer 2006.
Bumble bee and Rose-of-Sharon, summer 2006.
Sunrise, Sandy Creek bottom, Ada, Oklahoma, summer 2007. This was the first image I used in the Ada Magazine feature "Something Beautiful."
Sunrise, Sandy Creek bottom, Ada, Oklahoma, summer 2007. This was the first image I used in the Ada Magazine feature “Something Beautiful.”
Horse, Chimney Rock, New Mexico, summer 2007.
Horse, Chimney Rock, New Mexico, summer 2007.
Double rainbow, our front yard, spring 2006. I received more compliments on this one image than on all the rest I published that year.
Double rainbow, our front yard, spring 2006. I received more compliments on this one image than on all the rest I published that year.
U. S. flag, Ada's Wintersmith Park, July 4, 2006.
U. S. flag, Ada’s Wintersmith Park, July 4, 2006.
Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, November 2007.
Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, November 2007.
Pinyon Flats Campground, Great Sand Dunes National Park, summer 2007
Pinyon Flats Campground, Great Sand Dunes National Park, summer 2007
Face paint, Independence Day 2008.
Face paint, Independence Day 2008.
Sidelines, Ada football, fall 2008.
Sidelines, Ada football, fall 2008.
La Sal Mountains and Castle Valley, October 2007.
La Sal Mountains and Castle Valley, October 2007.
Wildfire near Latta, Oklahoma, winter 2006.
Wildfire near Latta, Oklahoma, winter 2006.
Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani signs an unhappy baby's blouse in Ada, spring 2007.
Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani signs an unhappy baby’s blouse in Ada, spring 2007.
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