Jean Lawson’s grandfather Harold Fry moved to Oklahoma the hard way – on April 22, 1889. He stood in line on his horse Old Matt with thousands of other settlers, waiting for the cannon shot that signaled the start of the now famous Oklahoma Land Run of ’89. He staked his claim just north of […]
Earlier this year I was assigned to photograph a story by Oklahoma Today about Oklahoma families who lived on their family’s original land allotment when Oklahoma became a state. The story, written by my friend and awesome writer Nathan Gunter, highlighted four Oklahoma families – two with native American roots and two families with white […]
One of my favorite things about editorial photography is getting to meet interesting people. I do a lot of travel stories and invariably I am pulling over my vehicle – usually a motorcycle but sometimes our Jeep or FJ Cruiser, and pulling in to talk to folks. Just ordinary folks. I will be driving down […]
I have had a 15 year love/hate relationship with shooting large format 4×5 film images. It is so darn difficult and the results are so unpredictable and imperfect, yet sometimes awesome and always unique. I normally would not even scan a film like this, but this image intrigued me. I scanned it on my Epson V750 scanner, did some tweaking in photoshop, and came out with something unusual, unique, and in some ways, stunningly beautiful but imperfect.
THIS is why I still shoot large format film. I shot this photo of my father in January 2014 and just now developed it in April 2015. My heart skipped a beat when I pulled it out of the wash. It was a very difficult shot to take and luck was on my side.