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Race Cars Moving Out

Race Cars Moving Out

10 Photos in This Gallery

Over the Independence Day weekend Reno holds the All-American Barbecue Festival in conjunction with the Firecracker 500 off road race.  A booth serving up very tasty BBQ was run by the Silver Legacy Hotel.  I highly recommend it if you are planning a stay in Reno.  The high plains of Northern Nevada are special, with lots of sunshine, moderate afternoon high temperatures, cool evenings and low humidity.  It was very nice in the afternoons when the sun slipped behind the Silver Legacy and Eldorado buildings.

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Houston, First Weekend in October

Christina in Her Studio

Christina in Her Studio

The Winter and Spring Street Studios had their fall open house with over 100 studios participating.  Farrah Braniff just published her new book, “Moments That Matter”.  Her studio is on Spring Street.   She is featured in the Houston Chronicle today.  Christina is an artist in residence at the Houston Contemporary Craft Center.


The Astronomer

Hell Hath No Fury

Hell Hath No Fury

This stunning woman has several college degrees and works in the astronomy department at a major university.  For kicks she plays the drums in a rock band.

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Faces of Fort Worth

Man and Dog

Man and Dog

Fort Worth features Depression Era Architecture and lots of interesting People.

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Edgy Beauty and Tattoos 0613

Here They Come, Houston

Here They Come, Houston

Photographs made at Houston Gay Pride 2013 in temperatures over 100F with high humidity.


Faces of Chicago, West Fest

Blond with Tattoos

Blond with Tattoos

My Interest in Tattoos is Well Known


Station Museum, Call it Street Art

Model and the Masks

Model and the Masks

8 Photos in This Gallery

Call it Street Art, Call it Fine Art, Call it What You Know Opening Reception


Houston Art Car Parade 2013 Part 2

Grannie's Pickup

Grannie’s Pickup

Costumes have become a big part of the art car parade so here are a few more people in costume. The man with the flags keeps them outside his home in the nearby Houston Heights. It seems like I get hazed by those who hate the USA every time I publish a shot of his house.


Coyote Ugly Austin

Girl Bartender in Blue

Girl Bartender in Blue

Coyote Ugly is a chain of bars featuring scantily clad female bartenders who strut around on the solidly constructed bar.  They offer body shots where one girl pours tequila into the other’s naval for a customer to drink.  The first girl also spits a lime into the customer’s mouth.  Some of what went on there was too over the top to show here.


Old Pecan Street Festival, Austin

Color Runners

Three Girls in Tutu’s

As if Friday night’s insanity wasn’t enough, on Saturday 6th Street was closed off for a street festival and paint covered participants from a color run that morning were wandering around.  The bars were open and people were selling beer out of ice filled barrels on the street.  [NB, the dizzy rooster girls were asked if it was OK before I started shooting.]


Houston Fine Arts Scene 0413

Viewing a Masterpiece

Viewing a Masterpiece

Last night the Winter and Spring Street studios had an open house.  There are 90 artist’s studios at Winter Street and about 40 at Spring Street.  Both buildings were converted from industrial use.  Having a large number of artist’s studios close together creates a critical mass allowing such events.  The last two photos are from a week ago at Isabella Court and nearby Diverse Works.


The Streets of New Orleans

8 Photos in This Gallery

Foggy Harbor

Foggy Harbor

This is mostly about street photography, but I thought I would show this offbeat coastal scene first.


Saturday Afternoon Art Events

Kissing Booth Girl

Kissing Booth Girl

Because it is so close to Christmas many of the Houston art galleries had an open house on Saturday afternoon instead of in the evening as they usually do.  The first four images were captured at the Hardy Nance Studios in the warehouse district North of downtown Houston.  April Murphy is shown in front of her whimsical pet paintings.  Please like her page “AEM Gallery” on facebook.  April says her work is all about happiness.  Later there was a performance art show at Lawndale Art Center.  Amberry Jam produces and performs in burlesque shows.  One of her recent productions is Kiki’s Sordid Sideshow.  She is usually in character.  You can find many images of her in costume on flickr.  Our mermaid was cooling off in a tub of water because it was 80F on this warm December afternoon in the South.  The lovely kissing booth girl was fun to chat with, but I did not take her up on the kiss, which would be scored.   (First four, D800, Nikon 28mm f/1.8, next four Nikon 50mm f/1.4)


Texas Renaissance Festival Women in Chainmail

Two Women in Chainmail

Two Women in Chainmail

From the opening day of the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival, here are photos of the lovely chainmail (or chain mail) women, girls or wenches, dancing and enjoying the festival.  It was a pleasant 75 mile drive from Houston to the fair near Plantersville, Texas.  I had a chance to speak with several of those pictured  The weather was great with a high of about 80 F. As the weekend theme was Octoberfest, you can bet the taverns were full of costumed revelers guzzling beer.  I hope to attend the 2013 festival soon.


Renaissance Festival Women in Chainmail

Chainmail Group

Chainmail Group

These were shot at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville during the fall of 2008.  It was my first outing with a then brand new Nikon D300 DSLR.  One business there rents chainmail slave girl costumes to the fair attendees.  They participate in a parade around the fairgrounds.  Later many of the girls will dance on the second floor of the chainmail store.

Several of the dancers are regulars and appear in my photographs from the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival. As the fall nears I look forward to this event, so I thought it was a good time to redo these photos from my archives.

Photographers Traci Matlock and Ashley MacLean appear in the group shot.  Notice the tattoos on several of the participants.


Houston Fine Arts Scene 1012

Rudolph and Friends

Rudolph and Friends

This series of images was collected over several weekends during October of 2010. Destiny, owner of Delectable P.I.E.S appears at the Winter Street Studios open house. She was serving delicious cake pops. Also that evening, a pretty gallery sitter with an unusual bird on a wire tattoo on her thigh. Houston artist Wendy Wagner is pictured with her friend Olga at Darke Gallery. Wendy is facing serious health issues, and truly inspires all with her positive attitude and new works on paper. The two ladies are associates who work at Anya Tish Gallery located at 4411 Montrose in Houston.  Regina Agu appears while speaking an event at Winter Street. Regina’s work is inspired by her Nigerian heritage. The final two images were shot at the opening party of the Texas Contemporary Art Fair at the George R Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.

All of these images were captured with a Nikon D800 and their sweet 28mm f/1.8 G lens.


Houston Fine Arts Scene 0912

Ladies and the Masks

Ladies and the Masks

The weekend saw the first set of major art gallery openings following our usually uncomfortable summers.  The first two images are from Deborah Colton Gallery which showed a series of installations featuring inexpensive plastic objects.  In the background is a tent made from clear plastic with many of these objects incorporated into a quilt.  One could say it was right out of Family Dollar Store.  The final two were shot at M Squared Gallery in the Houston Heights.


Houston Fine Arts Scene 0812

Liliana and Her Nikon

Liliana and Her Nikon

Dan Allison, Vanessa Riley and Carolyn Farb recently put on a show of previously unpublished images by British Photographer Derek Riley.  Liliana was there taking pictures.  This photo was previously shown in color, but converted to B&W recently.  Living Stereo is an outdoor mural at Lawndale Art Center and is a collaboration by six Houston artists.  The photo of the couple with tattoos was taken at Lawndale as well.


Sunday Afternoon Tea

Lisa Chow and Ms Yet

Lisa Chow and Ms Yet

What better time is there to have a tea than on a Sunday afternoon in the excessively warm summer weather of Houston, Texas.  This was a performance installation.  The visual art of the installation and the performances of many artists weere integrated and dependent upon each other, resulting in a very rich experience, both visually and emotionally.  This work was produced by the collaboration of  Lisa Chow and Ms. Yet.  Live rabbits and other performers rounded out the ensemble.  Delicious tea sandwiches, sweet tea vodka and sweets were served.


Art Houston 0712

DJ at Lawndale

DJ at Lawndale

Art Houston is a coordinated series of gallery openings and open houses right when the weather in Houston is most oppressive, mid July.  This year was a bit cooler because of a full week of rain.  These images represent my first efforts with Nikon’s fabulous 36 MP D800.  This high resolution camera produces stunning results when everything is done right, and miserable results when it is not.  I shot these in and around various galleries, although Lawndale Art Center’s huge crowd produced the lion’s share of informal portraits.


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All American Barbecue Festival

Race Cars Moving Out

Race Cars Moving Out

10 Photos in This Gallery

Over the Independence Day weekend Reno holds the All-American Barbecue Festival in conjunction with the Firecracker 500 off road race.  A booth serving up very tasty BBQ was run by the Silver Legacy Hotel.  I highly recommend it if you are planning a stay in Reno.  The high plains of Northern Nevada are special, with lots of sunshine, moderate afternoon high temperatures, cool evenings and low humidity.  It was very nice in the afternoons when the sun slipped behind the Silver Legacy and Eldorado buildings.


More Edgy Beauty and Tattoos

Girl With Tattoos, Gold Bikini Top

Girl With Tattoos, Gold Bikini Top

This set of photos was taken at Houston Pride in June of 2012.  Houston’s extremely hot weather produces lots of bare skin.  Bikinis, shorts and bare midriffs are practically a uniform for this event.  Looks like some of the guys were wearing bikinis too.  Uninhibited behavior is encouraged by extreme alcohol consumption.

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Houston Art Car Parade 0512

Art Car Conversation

Art Car Conversation

The Parade takes place on Allen Parkway between the posh mansions of River Oaks and the West boundary of downtown.  Here is a collection of girls in off the wall costumes or with over the top behavior, such as the woman in a Farrah Fawcett inspired red malliot, or the girls who were walking around in bikinis and cover ups.  When I started to shoot, one opened her cover up to show off her bikini ready body without my asking.  Where else will you see Minnie Mouse with a bare midriff?

What is an art car is as hard to explain as what is art, varying from motorized sculpture with no daily transportation value to cars which have been temporarily covered with artistic materials.


Via Colori Street Festival

Guest Artist

Guest Artist

Via Colori is a street art even held at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston every November.  Each artist brings their own pastels and is assigned a spot on the pavement to create a large size work of art.    The last three photos are from the Art Crawl later that day.  It takes place in the Nance Street warehouse district North of downtown Houston.  The man with tattoos is a fan of the Houston Astros.  The lady is a photographer who often serves as her own model, but usually leaving her head off.  In the final image some enterprising types set up a barbecue smoker and were selling food and beverages.


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