Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Picture I Wish I Had…

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People ask me all the time what picture is my favorite out of all the pictures I have ever taken.  With tens of thousands (who knows what the actual number is) of images to choose from, I can’t think of just one to choose. It makes me think, though about a picture that I wish I had made.  A few years before I started shooting and even before I ever picked up a camera, I went to a concert. In 1969. In Tuscaloosa. I believe it to be the first real concert I ever attended. The group? The Band. All members were present and to this day it is still the best concert I have ever seen.  Music for what seemed to a seventeen year old kid to last for hours is still burned in my memory. I really wish I had  a picture from that night. I’ve included their first and best album here. Unfortunately, I did not shoot it.

So I decided to look for some shows that I have shot and put them here and remind me of  “The night they drove old dixie down”.

I also remember seeing a show probably in the mid seventies at Rickwood Field that featured Kiss, Bob Seger and Kansas on two different stages. I shot that show but I have no idea what happened to those negatives. The picture of Gene Simmons here came from a later show.

In order are Elvis Presley from 1976 in Tuscaloosa.  Just a year before his death.  And then Jimmy Buffett, Harry Chapin, Billy Joel, Chuck Mangione, Mick Jagger and Kiss.

I’ll keep looking for old concert negatives and slides. I’m guessing I photographed dozens of shows along the way.

Old black and whites that I like

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  • The first picture is the late Alabama Governor George C. Wallace entering an Eclectic, Alabama church for a campaign stop in 1981.
  • Followed by the legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant getting a ride from players after an SEC championship clinching win over LSU in Baton Rouge in 1977.
  • Former Alabama Governor Fob James is all smiles during a political speech in Winston County in 1986.
  • Coal miners arrive by elevator after a shift underground in a Jefferson County mine.
  • The Navy marched in the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Birmingham.
  • An elderly couple kisses after being married in a retirement facility in Birmingham.
  • For some reason, a person reaches out to a large dog in a car in downtown Birmingham.
  • Civil rights icon Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth speaks to a crowd in Selma.
  • A robed performer yawns at a high school play rehearsal in Corner, Alabama.
  • Jesse Jackson looks over the Edmund Pettus Bridge before the annual bridge crossing in Selma.
  •  A minor league baseball player leans away from a pitch he thinks is too close in 1985.