A couple of months ago, Russell Streur, the editor of an online litereary magazine called The Camel Saloon, asked me to do a photographic essay of my native land, the Texas Panhandle. To say I was shocked at the invitation is a great understatement. He made the request at the same time he agreed to publish two of my poems and based only on a single shot I’d taken of a crossroads on Hwy 207.
I took the request not as a statement about any sort of photographic talent I might have (which is slim and none), but as proof that the beauty of the Panhandle is recognizable even when captured by an amateur. So, I agreed. Even though I had no idea how to go about it. A professional photographer friend said, “Just carry your camera around with you everywhere you go,” which turned out to be the best advice and is exactly what I did.
And I hope you’ll stroll through the exhibition’s home at The Camel Saloon
. There’s a good deal of talent represented there, and even one
small pieces of my own.