This space suit glove was given to me when I was a kid by my father’s doctoral advisor at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Kenneth Wiggins. Ken worked with NASA and was OSU’s department head for aviation and space education for years. I’m fairly sure he said it had been in orbit (it WAS a long time ago you know…) but I don’t remember if he said when. The glove was well-worn when he gave it to me around 1977-78.
Had a really fun shoot the other day for The Wall Street Journal’s “What’s In Your Bag?” feature. Basically they pick out interesting people/professions and do a story and photos about what they do and what’s in their bag. Anyway, I got to photograph Oklahoma State University’s mascot Pistol Pete. The first thing I found out is that there are two Pistol Petes. Apparently they do a ton of functions during the year and because students are the mascots, they just don’t have time for one person to do the job. They do loads of weddings (who knew?), parties and other functions. “Who’s that cowboy with the giant head in the groom’s section? Rawr.”
Had some new work come out recently for TakePart.com on prison reform measures that are working their way through the Oklahoma legislature. Some portraits of former Rep. Kris Steele, who as the Republican Speaker of the House worked very hard to push measures through the State legislature only to be thwarted by…politics. I also got to lurk around a couple of prisons, which was pretty weird. I’d advise against any long term visits.
New work out for the fall edition of FarmLife magazine. Went to west Texas to photograph Randy McGee and his award-winning alfalfa. Apparently the scale they use to measure the quality of the hay wasn’t sufficient for what Randy produces. I’ve been around a bit of alfalfa and I have never seen fields as thick and healthy. The underground drip irrigation system he uses is much more efficient than traditional center-pivot (above ground watering) in water-starved west Texas. It was a fun shoot and only got up to 99 F. Big thanks to creative director Jamie Cole at Red Barn Media.
Well, Russell Westbrook just became the hero of every Oklahoma City Thunder fan the other day. After the sackcloth and ash over Kevin Durant leaving, Westbrook’s decision to stay helped dry up the collective tears. I for one am happy, Westbrook is a blast to watch play and great to work with. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him a few times and he’s all business, a straight up professional that makes the job easy. I look forward to the next few years Mr. Westbrook.
I’ve been working in West Texas recently and since I drive there, I try to stop at rest stops and historical junk if I have the time. Texas almost always has clean, tidy and comfortable rest stops. This particular one was in between Wichita Falls and Lubbock. The light was nice and it feels almost like some weird Rockwell moment, but more strange.