4.08.2014

Ralph Garr of the Atlanta Braves


On the 8th of April in 1974, Henry 'Hank' Aaron hit another career home run over the left-center field fence. It was his 715th. This 715th home run broke the long standing record of 714 held by the one and only Babe Ruth. You've probably seen the clip of Hammerin' Hank rounding second base flanked by a couple of excited fans who ran onto the field looking to share in the joy of the moment. I've seen it. Every baseball fan has but that was all that I knew about that game and about the 1974 Braves...until a few days ago.

I photographed Ralph Garr who lives right out side of Houston in a town called Richmond, TX. He was on that Braves team in 1974. In fact, he made the National League All Star team that year. I saw his official 1974 All Star Game program signed by many of the players with a blue ballpoint pen, the ink fading. And, Garr continued his stellar play after the all star break by winning the batting title that season with an average of .353.

Between doing some pre-research and actually talking to him during the shoot, I learned a lot about Mr. Ralph Garr. He has a .306 career batting average. He was nicknamed the 'Roadrunner' because he was fast but didn't steal a lot of bases because Hank Aaron usually drove him in. He still works for the Braves scouting players in the Houston area who could potentially join the Atlanta organization. He also kinda reminds me of my dad. Shout out to Ralph Garr and the Houston Chronicle...it was truly a pleasure. Check out the article by David Barron here.




3.31.2014

Justise Winslow - St. John's School Basketball


Justise Winslow is a standout high school basketball player here in Houston who will be attending Duke University and playing for Coach K next season. The Houston Chronicle selected him as the All Greater Houston boys basketball player of the year and they selected me to photograph him. Winslow was an awesome and athletic subject who pulled off all kinds of acrobatic feats in my frame. No warm up, no stretching. But hey, that's what 18 year old muscles bring to the table. I'll definitely be looking out for him next season and will count him as the third Duke hooper I've photographed, word to Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook. Shouts to Coach Harold Baber for letting me in the gym and to Tyrone Hill for helping me out on the shoot!

If I drink my milk, I might be as tall as Justise by the summer.









3.28.2014

Apollo Chamber Players for the Houston Chronicle


I photographed a quartet of musicians that call themselves the Apollo Chamber Players a few weeks ago. The group consists of three violinists and a cellist that "explore the intersection of classical and folk music" according to their website. I scouted around Houston's museum district and eventually found a prime spot in front of the Museum of Fine Arts. I had them all stand on a ledge behind a broken a fountain that was, at the time, being serviced. It would have been cool if they played a mini concert in the unusual space, but it totally slipped my mind to ask. Maybe next time! Anyway, you should check them out...it'll be fun.




3.27.2014

Mitchell Katine for the Houston Chronicle

Mitchell Katine is a lawyer in Houston deeply involved in advocating for people with the HIV/AIDS virus and people in the LGBT community and has been for over 30 years. For my fellow political scientists who undoubtedly had to take a civil rights and liberties class in college, he also worked on the landmark case Lawrence v. Texas that he and the plaintiffs eventually won at the Supreme Court. These are a few images I shot as part of a story for the Houston Chronicle highlighting him as a hero in Houston.

Sidenote: As I toured Katine's office scouting for shooting locations, I ran into a kid (now a grown ass attorney) whom I went to Heflin Elementary with. I guess stuff like that'll happen when you move back to your hometown.




3.26.2014

The Great Bull Run - Houston


Good afternoon, friends. You are looking live from the streets of Pamplona, Spain a racetrack in Baytown, Texas where many participants will voluntarily be chased by an angry herd of bulls. Before the animals get too close, those said participants will either dive toward the side rails for tenuous safety or be trampled. No one is out running them. No one.

I witnessed this event back in January and took pictures for your enjoyment. Well, mostly for money, but a little for your enjoyment. And to top off the adrenalin rush of being chased by extremely strong and deceptively quick thousand pound male mammals, you have the option of engaging in a crazy tomato fight where no one walks away unsullied. No one. Shouts to The Great Bull Run...it comes back to Houston September 20th so sign up if you're so inclined.









A Day in the Life of Eric Winston for ESPN.com

Eric Winston is a right tackle in the NFL and newly minted president of the NFLPA. He played his high school football at Lee High in Midland along with Cedric Benson where the team won three consecutive Texas state championships. He then went on to play his college ball at The U aka University of Miami where he was converted from a tight end to an offensive tackle. Upon graduation, he was drafted by the Houston Texans where he played for six years. A year in Kansas City  and a year in Arizona brings us to 2014. That's a whole lotta football.

I worked on a shoot for ESPN.com following Winston and documenting a day in the life of an NFL player during the off-season. You're probably thinking there was a Ferrari race down the highways with his buddies followed by 36 holes of golf followed by an expensive steak dinner and ending with a night of popping "mike-sized" champagne bottles. But I'll let you see for yourself.

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2.13.2014

San Jacinto vs. Angelina College Basketball (starring: my niece)


One of the many, many good things about moving back to my hometown of Houston is watching my nieces and nephew get even older! That means participating in wonderful activities such as getting demolished at video games, spending hours at the DMV, installing software and photographing various sporting events. Two of my nieces attend San Jacinto College and one of them plays basketball for the San Jac Lady Gators. Naturally, I ended up shooting one of their games with some extremely biased coverage of #11. Shout out to the 85mm f/1.2...it's almost the perfect lens for hoops.

Check out more photos HERE!