Kilgore College's photography instructor, my mentor, is featured in the June issue of Southern Living Magazine. The feature is under the Texas Living, People & Places. The story talks mainly about his teaching at Kilgore College and his photographs of The World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. On the Southern Living website it has a sideshow of images from both his books, Weeping Mary and Kilgore Rangerettes. Weeping Mary was published in 2006 and Kilgore Rangerettes in September.
The photographer, Gary Clark, came to Kilgore to photograph Rufus for two days. When he first arrived he photographed in the classroom. After out digital imaging evening class Clark, Rufus and a few of his student assistants went to eat dinner at Chili's in Kilgore where we got to learn a little more from Clark about the business side of photography. Clark generously paid for our dinner at Chili's and then we called it a night.
The next day we went out to R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium so that Clark could photograph Rufus with the Rangerettes. After spending several hours out there and being able to watch another photographer work it was once again time for dinner. For dinner they decided to go to the Country Tavern in Kilgore. Once again the talk of the business came up and more valuable information was obtained. Clark's time spent at Kilgore was short but was a good opportunity for me to pick up a little more information about the business.
Little opportunities likes these have taught me a lot about the life as a editorial/photojournalist that you will not learn in the classroom. I have had other opportunities like these with photographers such as Wyatt McSpadden, Scott Campbell, Tammy Cromer-Campbell, James Evans Michael O'Brien and many others over the years.