A photo essay by Jason S. Sullivan, 05-05-20
I recently decided to make photography a hobby. I’ve started to enjoy exploring and taking photos.
I had a productive month. I took hundreds of photos — lots of practice! Yes, I’m still a beginner, but getting better and more comfortable every day. (Looking at my top 10 from March, I think I did much better in April.)
Buildings and architecture are still my favorite subjects, but I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone too.
Here are my favorite photos from April.
First Christian Church
Fort Worth, Texas
This is a beautiful church in downtown Fort Worth. It’s in the Register of Historic Places and designated as a City of Fort Worth Landmark. It’s also the oldest continually operating church in Fort Worth. I believe this church was constructed in 1915.
Black and white is perfect for this one. The columns, stairs, windows, plants, and bricks contribute to the details of the photo. Not only that, but the lines and angles in the architecture are attractive. I’d love to see what it looks like on the inside.
Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell gravesite
Pantera is one of my favorite bands. Now here’s your fun fact. Pantera and I are both from Arlington. There’s a connection to the music when one of your favorite bands is from so close to home.
I’ve visited their gravesite a few times. Usually, people have left trinkets and various things as a tribute. It’s fun to see what people leave at the grave, but I’ve never seen it empty like this. The cemetery workers were there that day doing landscape work. They had likely removed the tributes and cut the grass very recently. I wonder how many people got to see it like this. Probably not too many.
How often do you get to visit the grave of two of your idols and pay your respects? Hardly ever. And when you do, it’s never as beautiful and satisfying as this. Two brothers buried next to each other, both with amazing markers that show their personality, life, and legacy.
I originally had this photo in color. After some edits, though, I quickly realized that black and white was the way to go.
Early 1950s Ford Truck
I believe this is a 1951 Ford Truck. It looks right at home parked in front of Witherspoon’s Antique Mall in Granbury. This truck was rusted and exposed to the elements. It’s bittersweet to see it in such disarray, but at least it’s not rotting away in a junkyard — or worse. Despite its faults, or maybe because of them, it’s a beautiful piece of Americana.
I like the way this one turned out. It almost looks like a vintage postcard. Maybe something like — “Greetings from Granbury! Wish you were here! Keep on truckin’!”
A late afternoon swim at Lake Granbury
Lake Granbury has a beach — an actual beach — which is a rarity in this part of Texas. There’s a pier where you can walk across part of the lake. We saw this family of geese out for a swim. Father, Mother, and six kiddos out enjoying the lake. The water is still, calm, and inviting.
I like the simplicity of this photo and the use of negative space. The edits turned out awesome. We’ll call this photo a happy accident because the whole thing turned out much better than I expected!
Fort Worth, Texas
This is near a “coming soon” area in the Fort Worth Stockyards. I believe it’s called Mule Alley. The area is getting repurposed and reimagined and will soon have shops and restaurants. It reminds me of the Riverwalk in San Antonio — although not nearly as large.
I like the different paths throughout the photo. There’s a nice flow to it. The reflection in the water is perfect, the colors fit together nicely, and it all came together quite well. It almost looks like a painting. It has so much detail!
Visit Dallas mural
I spent part of my birthday exploring the street murals in Deep Ellum. (Check out some of my other photos from that day.) This one has Dallas Pride and shows some of the local landmarks. The actual mural is much larger, but I liked this section of it.
The colors are vibrant. I liked the partial reflection in the parking lot.
I took some great photos of the railroad tracks in downtown Mansfield. I like the way this one turned out. It started raining about 15 minutes after I took this photo. The clouds were getting ready!
Bridge into the woods
Downtown Waxahachie has a picturesque town square. There’s a wooded area near the town square that is worth exploring, too. This bridge leads deeper into the woods. It’s either an adventure waiting to happen or part of a Stephen King novel. Or it could be both.
Empty city street
Fort Worth, Texas
You rarely get to see a near-empty street in downtown Fort Worth. There are a couple of cars in the background, but that’s it. It seems so peaceful without the people and traffic!
Tarrant County Courthouse
Fort Worth, Texas
As usual, I save my favorite for last. You’ll find this courthouse in downtown Fort Worth. There’s a “don’t tread on me” and “come and get it” vibe to this photo. Patriotism and justice all in one serving.
I feel like I got this one right. The courthouse, flagpole, cannon, sidewalk, and trees — everything is spectacular. I managed to get the flagpole in the center of the photo, which gives it some symmetry. The US flag is poised and ready to fly in the wind. There’s an incredible ambiance, and it paints a picture. The photo and the edits turned out perfect. I don’t usually gush over my own photos, but I’ll make an exception for this one.
And those are my favorites from April. If you liked those, check out some of my other work.
- My favorite photos from March 2020
- Handley Historic District – photo essay
- Downtown Fort Worth – photo essay
- Waxahachie, Texas – photo essay
- Deep Ellum street art – photo essay (part 1)
There’s more coming soon!