West TX

I Love Texas! by Patrick Lane

I have ,in the past, shared my body of Texas work with many of my friends, family and photo followers.  You might be familiar with a series I photographed on Texas from my website, self promotion, and this blog.  I worked on the project with my designer friend Daniel Pagan and wanted to share the final outcome of this project.  The coolest thing to me about the promotional piece, outside of all the travel we did, was the way the promo piece functions.   There is no staples to hold the piece together and each sheet of paper can be view separately or in conjunction with other images.  You can pull sheets out and put them on your wall for art.  In my opinion it was very clever.  If you desire to have one for yourself just drop me a line.


 Texas with Mexico in the background.

Waltz Across Texas - Days 3, 4 and 5 by Patrick Lane

We left El Paso later than we'd planned on day three. On our way out of the city, we were amazed at the stark difference between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez while driving along I-10, the interstate rides along the United States-Mexico border in the greater El Paso area. We did our best to capture that contrast while remaining north of the border. Leaving El Paso, we raced down I-10 eastbound until we hit Sierra Blanca. After a little harassment from the Border Patrol agent at the check point, we were back on our way to Marfa and Davis Mountains State Park to finish out the day.  Prior to arriving in Marfa we saw a UFO hovering motionless in the sky ahead of us. We concede it was just a weather balloon, but it was still an awfully eerie sight.

Day four began with an early morning trip to McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains, a beautiful location with friendly staff.  They gave us a tour around the giant telescope and let us go around the catwalk for unobstructed views of the valley below.  We continued on through Fort Davis and Alpine where we watched the Sul Ross State University Lobo baseball team practice.  We then moved on to Kerrville to call it a night.

We awoke on day five to disappointing weather.  Thankfully, the four days preceding provided clear skies and temperatures in the 70's.  We were able to salvage some of the day by shooting some portraits with waitresses from the Hill Country Cafe in Fredericksburg and a few of the firefighters from the Boerne Fire Department.

Please check back with us as we progress through post-production of this project.

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Waltz Across Texas - Days 1 and 2 by Patrick Lane

Oaks Near Fredricksburg and Enchanted Rock

Patrick, Victor, and I (Joseph) just wrapped up day two of our five-day West Texas tour, an enjoyable journey thus far.

Day one got off to a rocky start outside of Marble Falls (damn you, GPS!), but we quickly recovered and continued on to El Paso.  Highlights included meeting a dog-showing poodle peddler from Washington state, swimming in the spring-fed pool at Balmorhea State Park, and revisiting some of the houses we grew up in.

We stayed in El Paso for day two, traveling around the rapidly-growing city and its surrounding communities. We started off with Uncle Hiram in his Canutillo bakery, then stopped by Franklin Mountains State Park on the way out to Fort Bliss.  Following Fort Bliss, we stopped by the Charcoaler for some burgers (El Paso's finest) and continued on to the missions in Ysleta and Socorro.

The three of us will continue our trip by visiting Marfa, Alpine, and Fort Davis.  We plan to head to San Angelo for day four and back home on day five.  Check back for updates during and after our trip!

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