Blake Brown, the morning after his last college exam
FOR EACH OF THE PAST 16 years, my wife and kids and me have spent a good chunk of the summer in Port Aransas,Texas. If you’ve never been there, here’s a bullet synopsis:
In the early years of my photography career, we would typically stay for 6-8 weeks. I would fish and shoot like a man possessed, and burn so much slide film that my editing and filing would often last well into the fall.
Those halcyon summers lasted through the kid’s middle school years, but once they got into high school, the sports and social distractions began to chip away at our Port Aransas time.
Nowadays, with one in college and the other holding a diploma, it’s all we can do to scratch out 3-4 days together in Port Aransas. Fortunately, there’s never much argument on when that visit will be: it’s always on the Fourth of July, and I hope it stays that way when they’ve got families of their own.
Years ago I was shooting everything in sight; building an archive, filling categories, and reaching toward new client markets. Today, with less time in Port Aransas for photography, I’m typically more selective. I’ve usually got some gear in tow that a client needs shot in a coastal setting, or there might be a phone call requesting images of a certain scene: “Hey, are you in Port Aransas? Can you get us a couple of shots of the___________?
Time passes. Priorities evolve.
Here are some scenes from July 4th, 2014, and a couple from past years…
Sunrise on Redfish Bay
King of the jetties
Blue Crab Enchiladas from Lisabella’s Bistro
Shooting for stock
Emily Brown modeling new lines for Columbia Sportswear
An impromptu assignment shoot for Texas Highways magazine
Tarpon scale wallpaper from the glory years on the Texas Coast
Seagrass and clean water
Reddish Egret noodling the flats
Ladyfish, or Slimy Fly-Stealing Parlor Whore
The bombs bursting in air