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Tulip Heads & Words - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Tulip Heads & Words     December 22 2010   —   12 Days Later

 

 

 

 

Sad Tulip - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Sad Tulip     December 16 2010

 

 

 

 

By Threads - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       By Threads     Late December 15 2010

 

 

 

 

Rusty Tulip - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Rusty Tulip      Late December 15 2010

 

 

 

 

Elephant Tulip - cpry

J R Compton       Elephant Tulip     Early December 15 2010

 

 

 

 

Goryodsky Tulip - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Gloriodsky Tulip      December 14 2010

 

 

 

 

Very Close Tulip - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Very Close Tulip       Very Early December 14 2010

 

 

 

 

xTulip Reach - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Tulip Reach       December 13 2010

 

 

 

 

December Tulip Interior - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Tulip Interior       December 13 2010

 

 

 

 

Tulip Striving - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Tulip Striving       December 12 2010

 

 

 

 

Tulip Askance - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton     Tulip Askance    December 11 2010

 

 

 

 

Tweezer Tulip - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Tweezer Tulip      December 11 2010

 

 

 

 

Tulip December 10 2010 - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Closed Tulip      December 10 2010

 

 

 

 

Tulip Heads - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R Compton       Tulip Heads      December 10 2010

 

 

The next flower series.: The Stargazers

 

 

When there's flowers in the house — a few held back from a gift or after a party, I treasure the opportunity to obsess over their long, slow (or short, fast if they're tulips) demise. It's what flowers do. This one smelled amazing while it was fresh. Still has a lingering aroma (December 14), but it's arms are down now, and the ghost has been given up. Only a few more days to go, which will be documented here. We can watch it go.

All but one of these images were made on my messy desk, sometimes with daylight coming in the windows, often with fluorescents and most recently with the big tungsten bulbs Tom sold me — with whatever's in the background. Only the Elephant Tulip was photographed in my studio. The smooth white, gray, blue or yellow is a mat board, and the lumpy white is a paper towel, although lately I'm preferring more random backgrounds.

The latest images are on top
 

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I publish DallasArtsRevue, which I've been making in this medium all this century and before that on paper since December 1979.

I've been a photographer since 1963, had photographs published in Life, Jet, Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, Dallas Observer and a bunch of other rags and have been in more than 90 exhibitions, a couple museums and even had a photograph of Mel Farner in a floppy black hat and polka-dotted shirt sandwiched between two other photos collaged on the cover of Grand Funk, Grand Funk Railroad's best-looking LP cover.

In the 1970s, I published underground newspapers, including Dallas NOTES from the Underground and HOOKA (I was Editor and Publisher of both of those as I am of this now), Instant Karma Komix and later worked at Fort Worth's Trinity River Messenger, The Austin Rag, The Austin Sun and San Antonio's River City News.

In 1974 I published a newsprint magazine called armadilla about nine-banded armadillos (which publication begat, five years later, DallasArtsRevue). I also photographed for, designed, then co-published Texas Jazz.

My work generally has to do with creating and maintaining a sense of community.

Since graduating from the University of Dallas, I've spent most of my life in Dallas, Texas, USA. I know where things are, and I can usually find my way there — and back.

D-Magazine, who claimed (correctly) that I've been been publishing stories about art longer than anybody else in Dallas, called me "Dallas' best local arts promoter."

To support my media habits I've done a variety of jobs:

  • Night Watchman at a Massage Parlor,
  • Yellow Cab Driver
  • Worker Bee at Mary B's Barbeque
  • Secret Film Courier in Viet Nam
  • Instructor of Desktop Publishing
  • Macintosh Computer Tutor
  • Webmaker for artists and galleries
  • Photographer of work that is art and
  • Photographer of other artists' work.

Sample photographs are all over this and my personal site, JRCompton.com

I have also been on several boards of directors, which is why I do not have one of those and do not wish to have one, and this website will stop when I do.

I have been:

  • Editor/Producer for the Artists Coalition of Texas. I'd already self-published some issues, but they contracted with me to publish more. Later, they insisted I change the name to Texas Arts Revue. Then they broke our contract by ordering me not to publish stories about other art forms, so I took it back. After Mary Washoviak Ward proposed they become a center for art in Dallas, ACT became D-ART, D'art, Dallas Visual Art Center, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art and The Contemporary.
     
  • The P R Guy and Founding Board Member of Dallas Artists Research & Exhibition (DARE, which became The MAC, kinda, a little, maybe, but usually not much, although they think it did. They're wrong.)
     
  • I was also on the board of the trailing edge of Allen Street Gallery, which disappeared off the face of the earth shortly after they fired me. Nyaaah-nyaah!

    I was their Program Committee Chairperson, and they did not find anyone else to do that job, so their benefactor took "their" building away when they stopped planning exhibitions. Those idiots fired me because I warned them about nepotism, a lot of which was going on at the time. It got worse.

     
  • Before that, I was a board-member of Electronic Graphic Artists of Dallas (EGAD!), a Macintosh Users Group, for which I had previously been the Disk of the Month (DOM) Guy — a much more interesting, important and fun job — distributing fonts, utilities and other programs on floppy disks I either gave away or sold for one dollar.

    Now I know better than to get involved with any boards of directors. DallasArtsRevue is not a nonprofit organization primarily so I won't have to kowtow to a bunch of idiots telling me what to do. As it is and shall be, I do what I want when I want. Mostly, although I often ask for advice.

JRCompton.com has many more photographs — and ideas, including some you might not expect from whom you may think I am. There's my words about philosophy, psychiatry and romance — as if I knew anything about any of those. My resume, list of exhibitions and exhibitions produced and lots else, too.

That's also where you'll find my Amateur Birder's Journal usually about White Rock Lake — I been writing about and photographing birds in that blog since June 2006.

See also How to Photograph Art, Cameras & Lenses Useful for Photographing Art, my s90 Journal, ThEdBlog, How to Start Showing Your Art and How to Design & Produce An Invitational Postcard on this and my personal websites..
 

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