Wings of the City – El Tiempo

Architecture, Black and White, Texas

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(Time) – This highly detailed figure is incomplete. Despite his fractured body, he spreads his wings in the air and the expression on his face is full of determination. Consider the title of the work. What message does this piece have for you? – from Wings of the City, Self Guided Tour. This piece was exhibited at Fort Worth Water Gardens, overlooking the cascading water down the terraces and steps of the Active Pool and the Texas A&M University School of Law.

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Wings of the City – Abrazo Monumental

Architecture, Black and White, Texas

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(Monumental Embrace) – This sculpture represents a winged man embracing a woman in a charged moment full of hope and compassion. Do you think art often evokes strong emotions in the viewer? Why or why not? Be sure to walk all the way around the piece to admire the detail in the wings. – from Wings of the City, Self Guided Tour.  This one of three bronze sculptures by Jorge Marin which were exhibited at Fort Worth Water Garden, this summer. This part of the water garden is called The Mountain. #ShowyourWingsFW

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Wings of the City – Archivaldo

Architecture, Black and White, Texas

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“(Archivaldo) – This winged figure fixes his gaze directly in front of him. Consider where this figure is placed, in front of the Fort Worth Convention center. What is this piece’s relationship with the architecture? Does he complement the space?” – from Wings of the City, Self Guided Tour. Archivaldo is placed in front of the Fort Worth Convention Center, North Entrance, by General Worth Square, downtown Fort Worth, Tx. It is gazing towards the direction of Alas de México (see the last photo).

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Wings of the City – Bernardo Oriental Monumental

Architecture, Black and White, Texas

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“(Monumental Bernardo Oriental) – This seated figure rests his arms behind him while firmly placing his feet on the sphere. Notice the type of hat he wears and think about how it relates to the exhibition. Why do you think the artist chose to mask these figures?” from Wings of the City, Self Guided Tour. This second sculpture is placed at General Worth Square, near Fort Worth Convention Center. #ShowyourWingsFW

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Wings of the City – Alas de México

Architecture, Black and White, Texas

Eight bronze figures created by the internationally acclaimed contemporary sculptor from Mexico, Jorge Marin, are now exhibited in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, until the end of August 2015.  I captured five out of the eight sculptures.  This one is titled “Alas de México” or “Wings of Mexico” and placed at the Sundance Square Plaza. “It encourages interaction by allowing visitors to see, touch and take pictures with the sculpture. Thousands of people around the world have had their portraits taken with the wings.” #ShowyourWingsFW

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 Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

“Clouds, clouds, are you mocking us?” say the trees

Black and White, Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Skyscape, Summer

It has been so alive and active up there, lately.  Cold front from the North and warm air wave from the South were fighting for a place here in East Texas.  It brought few scattered thunderstorms, cool temperature one day and very warm the next. But the best thing was these spreads of playful clouds on the skyscape. One cool-ish afternoon, close to the end of June, the clouds decided to mock the shape of the tree lines – at least according to my eyesight.

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Photography © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

Been to Ennis, Texas?

Architecture, Black and White, Ennis, Historic Site, Old Downtown, Photography

Ennis, Texas, is located just 35 miles southeast of Dallas, Texas. It was established in 1872 and in 1930s used to be known as the place “Where Railroads and Cotton Fields Meet.”  Today it is known, among other things, as the place where Bluebonnet and Czech heritage are celebrated.  The National Polka Festival is held here every Memorial Day Weekend.  Music, costumes, and food of the Czech heritage will be showcased. The parade will run through this historic downtown of Ennis.  Go there this weekend, if you got the chance!

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A Hidden World of Mill Creek

Black and White, Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Winter

A hidden world under tangled branches, vines, and limbs in a nook of Mill Creek as it meanders along in Van Zandt County, Texas.  These two pieces will be part of Going Green Show at the 211 Art Gallery in Athens, Texas, from today through April 18, 2015.  The printed dimension for both are 11″ x 17″ print, 18″ x 24″ with frame.

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

Architecture, Beyond, Beyond Upper East Texas, Black and White, Fine art photography, Photography, Travel

This is one out of three St. Louis Cemeteries, the oldest surviving cemeteries in New Orleans.  It was established by Royal Spanish Land Grant in 1789.  The St. Louis Cemetery No.1, at the corner of St. Louis and Basin Street, was originally twice its current size and located outside of the city limit. All the graves are above-ground vaults which believed to protect the bodies from flooding and was also a common practice adapted by French and Spanish culture.

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The sky-scraping New Orleans city skyline against down-to-earth tombs of St. Louis Cemetery No.1.

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The cemetery is adorned with fascinating memorial sculptures, monuments, and statuary.Ine Burke | St Louis Cemetery-1

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The tallest monument in the cemetery belongs to The Italian Mutual Benevolent Society.  The tomb has space for a thousand remains for the society members.  It is a way to lower the fund of burial for individuals.

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Some of notable citizens of New Orleans were buried here.  The most visited now is probably what is believed to be the tomb of the Voo Doo Queen, Marie Laveau, who was rested in her family tomb.  The tomb is covered with cross marks put by people who believe that it will make Laveau’s spirit grant a wish. The living family members consider this as vandalism.

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“OMNIA AB UNO” – all comes from One-  is engraved on this pure white 9-feet pyramid tomb belongs to actor Nicolas Cage for his future final resting place. The plot was purchased in 2010.

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The Adams Family tomb (the white one).

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A tomb with different finish.

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Iron works at the cemetery adapt fleur-de-lis and cross elements.

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New Orleans skyline meets the cemetery’s gate.Ine Burke | St Louis Cemetery-16Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

All photograph is available for individual print purchase.

The Streets of French Quarter, New Orleans – Part 1

Architecture, Beyond, Beyond Upper East Texas, Black and White, Photography, Travel

Who doesn’t need a vacation.  A recent trip to the French Quarter, New Orleans, satisfied my ‘appetite’ for street and people photography.

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Ine Burke - NOLA PPL-2 B is for “beignet” – Cafe Du Monde, Decatur and St. Ann St.

~Ine Burke - NOLA PPL-3The gate to historic French Market, Ursuline Ave. and N. Peter St.
~Ine Burke - NOLA PPL-4 Between the first and second section of the French Market, a stall keeper blends in with an art installation.

~Ine Burke - NOLA PPL-5“$ Starting artist trying to pace along $” the sign says – Somewhere in French Quarter

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Is it Johny Depp? – Somewhere in French Quarter

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Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

Either Side of the Bridge

Black and White, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Nature, Photography, Upper East Texas, Winter

Standing on the 2-year-old concrete bridge, these are what you will see in winter.  Tangled vines, limbs, and branches. And barren trees. The bridge is one of many that crosses over the Mill Creek in Van Zandt County, Tx.  This particular one is connecting Edgewood and Fruitvale.

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Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

My Northeast Texas

Black and White, MySpread
Photos in the book, My Northeast Texas

Photos in the book, My Northeast Texas

Initially, there was a simple plan: pairing photographs. The photographs were taken in random places, during random journeys of running random errands, random events, and of random subjects. The intent was to intuitively pair this randomness based on visual cues, not by specific chronology or place.

The order it somewhat follows is the geography of where these photographs were captured. Texas. Well, a little tiny corner of this gargantuan state, to be exact. The corner some call North Texas, Northeast Texas, East Texas, or Upper East Side of Texas. No matter which it is called, my Texas centers at the intersection between two important highways, US Highway 80 and Texas Highway 19, in the city called Edgewood, in Van Zandt County.

It’s an ordinary place, at first sight. Just two highways slicing through small towns, pastures, ranches, quiet communities, bumpy county roads. Trains towing industrial cars. There is no grand canyon or enormous rock monuments. No wide rivers with magnificent old steel bridges. There are no bustling boulevards, nor arrondissement. No modern architectural marvels. No central park dotted with art installations.

Nevertheless, I take a great deal of photographs. Random subjects, random places. I just did that out of the love of the work itself, intriguing subjects, and curiosity. Then, the curiousity started to make things became a little bit more complicated. I started wondering how certain subjects or places came into being. When, how, and why did they all start, end, or change.

So, I did some reading and research on the history of my photographic subjects, and discovered many interesting tales from bygone days. It took me wandering from century to century, to places which no longer exist, and to events that shaped the communities today. I started to better understand the subjects in my photographs and developed a deeper respect for the places and people. It helped me to see beyond the ordinary. The initial intent was not to write a history book. Historical background or facts presented -also randomly- in the book are there just to help illuminate the subjects or the places.

In pairing this randomness, two by two, spread by spread, I see things and matters that embody Texas and Texans. At least, for now it is my own view on this little corner of Texas.
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I also found some subjects are so independent, eloquent, and almost too arrogant to be paired. So I left them alone.

I just want to keep it simple. Simple with knowledge.

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Preview the entire book at this link:
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The book is available for preview and sale at:

(1) Edgewood Heritage Park Office and Gift Shop, downtown Edgewood, Texas – (903) 896-4448 or 4358 – Open Thu-Sat, 9am-2pm

(2) The Lumberyard Cafe, 809 E. Pine Street (HWY 80), Edgewood, Texas – (903) 896-7766 – PREVIEW ONLY

(3) Nutty’s Peanut Butter Store, 233 N Main Street, Grand Saline, TX 75140 – 1-877-NUTTYSPB – www.nuttyspeanutbutter.com

(4) Means Home Centre, 1912 W. Frank Street (HWY80), Grand Saline, Texas – (903) 962-3861

(5) All Through The House, Antique/Gifts/Home Decor, 410 E. Lennon (HWY 69 East), Emory, Texas 75440 – (903) 474-9150

(6) Online at my online store (CLICK HERE)

Sale price: $40 (tax included) + Shipping for online purchase

Reviewed in March 2013 County Line Magazine and Rains County Leader (Click here)

Attention Span of a Two Year-Old – By Ine Burke

Black and White, Family Affair, My Graphic Work, MySpread, Photography, Portrait

This is a photo essay made to record how long a two year-old with a big outdoor spirit can stay focus in one activity. Dressing up in tutu dress is the first thing she asks for to match with one of her stuffed toys. The idea then leads to make-up. Eyeshadow that is. That’s where this photo essay starts. In the end, her outdoor spirit reigns supreme. She spends about 30 minutes playing eyeshadow and more than one hour exploring the gardens with her own personal guard. What a wonderful day.

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All American Affair

Black and White, Canton, Festivals, Photography, Upper East Texas

It’s an American affair. Classic American car show, American food vendor, and American band performance. All in one event in Canton, Texas, last weekend.

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Life Festival organized by Driven Life Church, at the First Monday Ground, Canton, Texas. I was informed that the band is Covey Thedford and the Broken Soul.

 

A Wedding in Fruitvale, Texas

Black and White, Family Affair, Fruitvale, Photography, Upper East Texas, Way of Life, Wedding

Fruitvale, Texas – Spring 2012

In a little tiny corner of this gargantuan state, the corner some call North Texas, Northeast Texas, East Texas, or Upper East Side of Texas, about a mile east of the intersection between two important highways, US Highway 80 and Texas Highway 19, there’s a tiny city called Fruitvale. It’s an ordinary place, at first sight. Just two highways slicing through small towns, pastures, ranches, quiet communities, bumpy county roads. Trains towing industrial cars. There is no grand canyon or enormous rock monuments. No wide rivers with magnificent old steel bridges. There are no bustling boulevards, nor arrondissement. No modern architectural marvels. No central park dotted with art installations.

It is a community that came into being with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1873. The town site was initially a railroad switch, which is where the rail track diverges from the main track into a short branch or spur. The switch was called Bolton Switch. One of its early endeavors was cord wood and cross ties, cut from local timber, and used in the construction of the rail lines. In 1903 another industry was thriving and gave the town its current name. About 20,000 fruit trees had been planted and even more in the following years. Berries and other vegetables such as potatos and corn were also blossoming. The local fruit growers filed petition to change the town name to Fruitvale and, obviously, it was granted.

My fellow Texans who live here are very proud of their heritage and celebrate that with a plethora of festivals, parades, rodeos, fairs, barbecues, hoe downs, and other friendly get-to-gathers. When they aren’t having a festival of one kind or another, they are getting together to trade or to swap stuff. They are artists and artisans. They make horseshoes into hat racks. Wine bottles into wind chimes. Oil barrels into barbecue pits. The sheet metal from junked automobiles can become a pink elephant yard ornament or a huge lone star hanging over a gateway to a cattle ranch.

And a life celebration, such as wedding, is observed in an honest, free of pretense, and genuine way of their everyday life.

(Part of the essay was quoted from My Northeast Texas)

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Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion 2012

Athens, Black and White, Festivals, Old Downtown, Photography, Spring, Upper East Texas, Way of Life

“East Texas was noted for fiddlers from the time of Sam Houston and Dave Crockett.  Every house raising, log rolling, quilting bee and corn husking was followed by a night of dancing, the square, waltz and the schottische till dawn.  Fiddlers were in demand and plentiful.  Every young swain had to learn to play for the popularity and a small amount of cash.” – Excerpted from Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion’s website.

The 81st edition of Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion was held on May 25th, 2012. It took place all day at Henderson County Courthouse yard in downtown Athens. A fairground was also set up across the courthouse.

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Ms. Pearl Cantrell, playing her ukulele, accompanied by daughter, Malia Cantrell, from Seven Points, Tx. Ms. Pearl Cantrell has brought Hawaiian music programs as a visiting instructor to Kemp Primary students two years in a row.

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Athens, Black and White, Countryscape, Photography

Our recent trip to Athens brought us to Tara Vineyard and Winery, not too far from downtown Athens. Sitting on the foreground of the vineyard is the historic Murchison home, built in 1880; and the winery is seated high on a hill overlooking the whole scene.

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Tara Vineyard & Winery website, click here.

Highway 80 Sale

Black and White, Edgewood, Fall, Photography, Spring, Texas, Trading, Upper East Texas, Way of Life

Each year, on the 3rd weekend in April and October, a sale along US Highway 80 is being held. The historic US Highway 80 stretches from Savannah, Georgia, to San Diego, California. The sale, however, is a three-state-event, starts from Mesquite, Texas, through Louisiana, and ends in Jackson, Mississippi. Antiques, flea-market items, plants, ‘this-and-that’ are among the sale items. This is one of the sale spots called Redhaw Creek Trade Days, at the crossroad of Highway 19 and 80.

Link to US Highway 80 Sale website.