We recently took a trip with our family to this beautiful and secluded place just west of Fredericksburg, TX. It was such a relaxing time away from everything, and I decided that I was going to just take photos using my medium format and polaroid film cameras. It allowed me to slow down and make some images that I really resonated with.
Contax 645 / Kodak Portra 400 / PhotoVision Lab
Polaroid 340 Land Camera / Fuji FP100C
We were so excited to have our best friends back in the States to visit us for the past few months! They have been living overseas for a year and a half, and although Skype calls are fun and all with pixelated faces and often spotting internet connections, being able to stay up late and sit in the same room together was priceless! Once again, our hearts were heavy as we said goodbye and hugged these kids… knowing that the next time we get to sit in the same room, our families will be bigger and the kids will be looking more grown up than they do now. But, it’s truly a blessing to have amazing friends that know you deeply and can even maintain that depth thousands of miles away.
It was fun to get to capture their family real quick while they were in town… enjoy some of my favorites and these super cute kids that call us Uncle Ryan + Aunt Sara!
Working with Jason + Cassidy (+ their dog) was so great! We had fun exploring different areas around Bryan and incorporating their awesome dog in some of the shots. Seriously, how could you not think that dog is awesome? Enjoy…
I think it’s fairly rare to grow up knowing an artist.
Now, I know that the term “artist” can be thrown around loosely. I mean, anyone with an Instagram account and an iPhone can call themselves an artist. The advent of Pinterest has basically sold art as a cheap commodity to be copied and pasted into homes everywhere. But, that’s not the kind of artist I’m referring to.
I’m talking about the artist that gives their life to their art. The kind that lives each day creating a masterpiece that few people understand. The kind that forsakes many comforts in the world and foregoes most material possessions because the pursuit of art is all-consuming.
Of course, it’s arguable whether or not art is a worthy thing to give your life to. But, whenever you encounter such a person… such an eccentric and counter-cultural individual… it definitely causes you to pause and think. Much like great art itself.
As I’ve mentioned before, I was one of those rare individuals that was blessed to be able to grow up next door to such a person. Charles Stagg was my great uncle, and he will be forever known for the art he produced. He was the type of person that was mocked by the ignorant and thought to be a little crazy… but, when you stopped and listened, conversations felt like reading a good novel. It was refreshing to be able to talk about things that just weren’t discussed in normal culture.
Whenever I return to my hometown to visit, I try to make a point to carve out a little time to pay this place a visit. I strap on my camera and take the familiar hike through the woods until I reach the small clearing that feels otherworldly. I want to capture all of the details of this place on film so that I don’t find myself looking back in 10 years to discover that it is gone with little evidence.
It’s ironic that the very woods that provided the material and inspiration for his art is now beginning to swallow it back up again. But, good art inspires and lives on… and I have no doubt that it will.
Here is a collection of some of the images I have taken on my last several trips there. In keeping with Charles’ slow and natural approach to life, all these images were shot with film cameras.