Wild Dave and I arrived back in Junction at the Texas Tech Campus May 11, 2011 to prepare for yet another year of concentrated photography work during the Texas Tech Intersession period. Weather and land conditions appeared to be somewhat dismal but I had seen it worse, perhaps in 2001, so we were not daunted by the lack of potential flowering subjects and low water levels in the water ways.
Students began arriving on the afternoon of the 12th with Dave and I ready for our first class after dinner that evening. The class consisted of the usual % of gals to guys at 70/30 and all were excited to get started. Wild Dave’s and my introductory instruction period lasted for about 2.5 hours followed by comments regarding the next days shoot. The Junction Odyssey was about to begin!!
Over the ensuing two weeks our class evolved from a collective group of strangers to a tribe of twelve members with the goal of exploring the limits of our creative talents through the photographic medium. After over 1,500 miles of travel and visiting some 15 or so locations that are truly the crown jewels of photographic subjects in that region of the state, Junction 2011 ended as yet another successful adventure and learning experience. Late nights on the road, daily field trips and much time spent wading and shooting the riparian areas along water courses resulted in the class collecting many GB’s of images for review and personal files. Hard work and a close camaraderie created a common bond that is rare in today’s fast paced college environment.
Over the past twelve years I have had the opportunity to meet and become friends with many good and talented people. Most have been Red Raiders but too I have been honored with the presence of some hailing from Texas A&M, Texas State University, OSU and other great institutions of higher learning. All expressed their satisfaction from having had the class and I will remember each and every one with fondness.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students who have come into my life over the past 12 years, both on the main Texas Tech campus and at Junction. Our brief time together has enriched my own life story and I hope you all feel the same. I wish each and every one a life of prosperity and happiness that you desire.