From above!

After years of shooting in the same place but still loving what you do and looking for other ways to shoot it, I found it!

I always try to see from all angles as I go to a subjuct, nver really thought to much about high fro the sky because the Image qaulity and price just wasn't there yet. Well' now they are,( that is if you don't crash, I did, two times ) after several months practicing and passing my FAA certifacation we are on our way.

So... with a new tool in my photo arsenal I now always wonder what it looks like from above. In this photo this was about as close as I could get, and even if I had got closer, It would been just a shot of flames that could have been anywhere. However shooting from this angle afforded me the oppertunity to set a place in the scheme of things.



Getting in postion!

Imagination! Sometimes getting the shot involves getting you into position to take it. When I rolled up on this fire a few years ago, this is not what I saw, I was on the oppisite side, the same as where the light from the firetruck was coming. A short hike around to the otherside looking into the light, blocked by smoke, just wait on the silohette of the fireman, and boom! A huge part of photography is not shooting whats in front of you, but looking beyond.


Waiting on it!




  • So, have you ever run across a shot that was perfect, only if it had.... in it? Such was the case at a recent Youth Fair rodeo. I saw the bleachers and became fascainated with the lines, all of the sudden two horses appeared as if to be posing for me, that was what I needed for the depth of the lines to give the eye a place to go. Kids started coming from every wher to run up and down this ramp, all I had to do was catch them in a certain spot and wham, shot by design.



This week inside the frame


“Don’t you realize that the sea is the home of water? All water is off on a journey unless it’s in the sea, and it’s homesick, and bound to make its way home someday.”
- Zora Neale Hurston

Light from the scoreboard reflects off rippling blue water like fresh, pink-red blood. The swimmer moves shark-like through it.

Wearing a mercurial shroud, his human body, already 60 percent water, shimmers and breaks like a fragile shell around life, completing the transformation. He swims forward, backward through the depths of evolutionary history. A primitive creature shifts swift through waves under strobe lightning flashes, beneath the red glow of volcanoes erupting through seas.

He moves smooth as molecules. Now, moving faster, breaking apart like waves into water, and finally, base elements.

Our roaming photographer captured this image at a recent swim meet in Denton. The light from the scoreboard provided a red frame on the water for the portrait. He waited until a Decatur swimmer moved through the perfect spot. The water shrouding the swimmer added intrigue to the shot. Swimmer and photog both got closer to home in their respective elements.

Words by Brandon Evans/ Wise County Messenger


Reflections of 2012

“The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.” 

Thomas S. Monson


As I go back through the images I've captured in 2012, I reflect on the positives and negatives of the year, as well as ways I can improve on things in the upcoming year.  I contemplate with appreciation, what I have gained from the previous year whether personally, professionally,  mentally, emotionally or spiritually.



Recently, as I was shooting the Veterans Christmas Wreath Ceremony, I was approached by Rosa Martinez, an older resident of Deatur who has the most heart warming smile and great outlook on life.  I remember seeing her several times at various ceremonies over the years, as she is married to a local veteran. Mrs. Martinez complimented me several times on my work in Wise County and thanked me for what I do here.  As I thought about her words, I was reminded of the things I hold most sacred, the things that make a difference in my life as well as the lives of others.  Those things are the relationships and the connections that I have formed with so many of my story subjects.  The great shots come and go, awards come and go, but I've come to realize that the relationships I've formed are here forever.  I believe that one of the most cherished parts of what I do at the Wise County Messenger is to form new relationships and continue to nurture the old ones.



My goal for the upcoming year is to re-establish some of those relationships created from past stories that I have been a part of.  I've been very fortunate to  be in a community that surrounds me like a warm blanket on a cool night.  I have been taken into the hearts and lives of so many as they shared their stories and experiences with me and allow me to share them with our readers.  I thank you Wise County. 

From moments collection