Location, Location, Location

When worlds collide in Texas, there's a novel (or ten) in it.

Whitley’s Went. Then Came A Tower.

An 18-story tower arises from a humble print shop in downtown Austin.

All the Signs Pointed Me in One Direction

Sometimes you have to look to signs to see the sign you were meant to see.

Timing Is Everything

You and your camera are a team, with a few simple tricks of good timing.

There’s One Color That Makes Austin Outstanding in Spring

There's one color that consistently belongs to Austin in every season, and in spring, even more so.

The Delights and Perils of the Spanish Dagger

Timing is everything. One can acquire patience and prudence with a Spanish dagger in an Austin, Texas front yard, but will be rewarded with a stunning display of blooms.

Reflections: Like a Mirror Unto the Soul

Reflections are easily found in nature. Reflections upon oneself, within one's soul: not so easily found, nor done.

It’s All About Your Perspective

In Austin, Texas, we take our local landmarks seriously, and our city ordinances decree that new high-rise condos must not exceed the height of our beloved homegrown businesses.

Welcome to Austin, all ye visitors to SXSW. You're gonna love Austin. We all do. You're about to find out why Austin, Texas makes every Top Ten list anyone ever thought of.

"Remember the Alamo!" If you're leading a charge against a conquering army with but a ragtag rebel force, you can rally your troops with this trusty, time-tested cry. Remember the Alamo? Not the one that began its life in San Antonio, Texas, and was made famous by a battle on this day in 1836, but the... Continue Reading →

Here’s to Halcyon Days Ahead for Legal Vices

Some of Austin's towers are getting pretty overtowering, but locally-owned Halcyon is holding its own against Austin's first real tower, the Frost Bank Tower. http://twitter.com/theAustinot/status/431447276964560897 As Brittany Highland writing in the Austinot reminds us (via twitter), you can get your caffeine or alcohol or nicotine or sugar or panini or just plain people-watching fix satisfied... Continue Reading →

The Broken Spoke, one of the definitive Texas dance halls, is disguised in a rustic dark red building on South Lamar and now completely enveloped by new upscale development.

What man has made of steel and concrete becomes beauty when mirrored by nature; and the mind can only improve upon what's not seen. Imagination takes over to create a much more eloquent vision than three bland office towers, standing above an Austin shoreline.  ______ BUY A PRINT of On the Lake by Jann Alexander and... Continue Reading →

All Decked Out For the Holidays

Vanishing Austin—the ongoing photography series that tries to stay ahead of the wrecking ball—is looking pretty festive this month, at its first appearance at Austin's annual anti-mall, shop small, holiday gift show, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar. The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is decidedly aimed at Austinites who believe that to live local, you shop... Continue Reading →

Why Do Photographers Love Grunge?

For photographers, the grungier, the rustier, the more lonely a subject is—the better. We crave texture, pattern, a story. A lonely place has a story, and photographers have many stories to tell. ♦.   .   .    BUY PRINTS: Choose from 99+ Vanishing Austin prints and a poster by Jann Alexander, starting at $25. Shop my Vanishing Austin series: While many Austin... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Making a Mark

.    .    . There's a complex explanation in physics for reflection. Reflection is defined as "the change in direction of a wavefront at an interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium from which it originated. Common examples include the reflection of light, sound and water waves. The law of reflection says that for specular reflection the angle at which the wave... Continue Reading →

Singing the Moody Blues for Antone’s

Antone’s, the club whose name is perhaps most synonymous with The Live Music Capital of the World moniker that Austin carries, is up for sale. Though its soul left the club long ago, when Clifford Antone left Austin for parts unknown. Upon Clifford Antone’s death in 2006, former Austin Mayor Will Wynn conceded, “One of the primary reasons... Continue Reading →

Oh, the stories we can tell, when we have a connection with our art.

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