Dave Higgins Photography

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I was walking across the Joshua High School parking lot a year ago when I noticed paintings on some of the parking spaces.  They were something I’d never seen before; parking spaces as canvases for folk art.  Cool!  Judging by an Internet search they’re something of a novelty; the only locations I found information for were West Orange High School in Florida and James Bowie High School in Texas.  Looking at the Joshua artwork, I knew I’d want to photograph them sometime.

Joshua High School parking lot, from Google Maps satellite view. (At least a year old, as some of the art has changed.)

I finally got my chance a week ago, when I went over to the school early Saturday morning.  At first the novelty of the subject presented a challenge: how to photograph them?  What actually was the subject and what did I want to convey about it?  I started off taking photos that mainly featured the art work, but which offered a sliver of the surrounding environment to provide perspective and context.  However, as I became familiar with them I started to notice relationships between some spaces, involving subject matter, technique or simply colors.  And so I started to explore some of those relationships.

This wound up being a really fun project that I’ll have to revisit in the future.  I hope you have as much fun viewing these images as I had working with them.  And thanks to the creative students of Joshua High for creating such wonderful artwork!

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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2018; all rights reserved.

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I continued to work on this project in 2017; this is a collection of some of my favorite images from the year. They were taken in upstate New York and Texas. You can find more images from this series on the As We Are Now series page.

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Two of my photographs are currently in shows!

One is in PHOTOcentric 2017, an international juried show in Garrison, NY. “Pack of Nippers” is an image of a group of unpainted Nipper statuettes I stumbled across in the Albany area. (In photography, timing is key. I recently went back to this spot and discovered all of these Nippers are gone. I’m glad I found them when I did!))

“Pack of Nippers”

The other is in the Albany Center Gallery’s annual Members’ Show. “November Wind, Fort Worth” was another image I stumbled across – this one outside the entrance of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. A weather front had just come through and it was very windy. While I was first drawn to the sky and the Fort Worth skyline, I eventually noticed all the chairs that had blown over. As luck would have it, the only chair that remained upright wound up being perfectly placed for the composition.

“November Wind, Fort Worth”

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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2017; all rights reserved.

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After arriving in Texas recently for a visit, my sister (a master naturalist) took me to Stella Rowan Prairie. SRP is a rare, tiny remnant of the original grassland prairies that once covered the Great Plains – before much of them were wiped out by development and agriculture. It ironically resides in the middle of some of that development, between Fort Worth and Dallas. While the area just looks like boring grass from the distance, once you get closer you find there’s a wonderful array of diverse grasses and flowers – many of which are in bloom this time of year.

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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2017; all rights reserved.

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