I shot this photo a couple of years ago at the world famous Oklahoma City Red Earth festival. I set up a white background and studio lights, then used both my digital and an old 4×5 film camera to grab shots of the Native American dancers as they completed their competition. You can see the film scans of some of these photos in my 4x5x365 personal project, and several of the digital photos are in my portfolios. I was honored when my good client Oklahoma Today Magazine asked if they could run this photo full page.
My grandpa LOVED to fish. I loved to fish with him, but after he passed away I didn’t do much fishing until the past year or so. Part of what got me started again was this story I did with Nathan Gunter with Oklahoma Today, which was published in January 2014. We did a story on fly fishing in Oklahoma. I had to opportunity to join Nathan in far southeast Oklahoma in Broken Bow to shoot the majority of this story. It is a bit nerve wracking carrying an $8,000 camera/lens combo out into the slippery cold waters to get these photos, but luckily this time I didn’t drop anything and got some great photos for the story. I also took my old 4″x5″ view camera and shot some black and white film for fun after our primary shoot was “in the can”. I love the layout of this story. The cover I shot in studio.
Below are some of the outtakes from the story that were not used.
Guthrie is close to home and a place my wife Kay and I enjoy visiting. It is the one time capitol of Oklahoma and is undergoing a renaissance in the past 5 years or so. Susan Miller wrote a wonderful story about this youth movement and I had the opportunity of photographing the story.
Below is a slideshow with outtakes from this assignment.
I had the opportunity last summer to do a story with Oklahoma Today managing editor Nathan Gunter. I had pitched the story to the publication a couple of years ago and Nathan loved the idea, so after a bit of planning we scheduled six days over a two week period – 3 days each – to travel Oklahoma’s Highway 33, the longest state highway in Soonerland. Starting near at the Arkansas border near Idabel and Broken Bow in far southeast Oklahoma, the road meanders northwest through Ada and Oklahoma City, out west past Watonga and Woodward, and then on through Guymon in the panhandle and exits Oklahoma at the Colorado line near Boise City – a bit over 600 miles total one way. Our plan was to travel from OKC to southeast Oklahoma and back in one 3 day period, then from OKC to Boise City and back in the second 3 day period a week later.
Of course the story is not about the actual highway – that is just a long strip of asphalt and concrete. The story is about the people along the way and how this long stretch of highway ties the diverse economy and culture of Oklahoma together into one state. The terrain is as diverse as the people. Our goal was to not only show the landscape of the state, but more importantly to me, the people of Oklahoma. My job was to help Nathan tell the story of this road and the spirit of the people along the way.
Here are the pages from that story. You can read the full story by picking up a copy of Oklahoma Today at most any newstand or Walmart, or by subscribing at Oklahoma Today.
Below is a slide show of images from our trip.
In 2013 I wrote a story for Oklahoma Living about dirt track racing in Oklahoma and while researching the story I heard about Harli White, a then 17 year old female sprint car racer in Lindsay, OK. Harli had been seriously burned in her very first sprint car race at 12 years old, and had come back to racing and been winning consistently against men three times her age. After the story was published ESPN found out about Harli and hired me to photograph her for their cable TV program. I mentioned Harli to my editor at Oklahoma Today and they decided to profile her in the pages of their magazine. My good friend and writer Susan Dragoo wrote the story and Oklahoma Today used one of my photos from previous assignments for the story.
Below is the video on ESPN about Harli White.