After forty years of success shooting corporate and advertising photography, Joe has submerged himself in the Fine Art world, and for the past two years, has traveled around the state of Texas documenting old windows; a definite departure from the commercial world. After a one man show in Houston and Austin, his windows are now represented by the Bering and James gallery in Houston. The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston recently obtained three of his windows for their permanent photography collection.
I started my series of windows two years ago, quite by accident. I was driving to Nashville from Houston, because my all natural Bloody Mary mix was included in the gift basket that was to be given to the presenters and award winners at the 2008 Country Music Awards. I had decided to drive to Nashville to take some extra time photographing the countryside.
On the return, I drove through a small town in Mississippi looking for any interesting subject matter. As I was leaving town, I noticed an old deserted building that had an interesting front door. Halfway through my setup, I became bored with the light since the door was in shadow and walked around the side where I saw several old and interesting window that were in bright sunlight. I settled on one particular window, and even though it had weathered poorly through the years, there was something almost mystical about it, and I knew I was onto something; something that would wind up consuming the better part of the next two years.
Father time, aided by the elements, had transformed the windows and the brick wall around them into a cacophony of colors, shapes, and textures. The contrast, from the bright sunny day, had rendered the various hues to a point of being surreal and exaggerated. As is usually the case when Iím taking photographs, I am always searching for a unique angle or height when Iím out shooting. But not this time as there was something that was telling me not to distort the integrity of these amazing windows.
Now as I travel the state of Texas, "window shopping" as I call it, I always try to imagine what the windows I photograph could tell me if they could speak. I photograph the windows as they exist today, and use virtually no help from Photoshop. The large majority of structures have long since been abandoned, and I can only wonder who the last person was to look out this particular window, and what they might have seen and thought before they left for good.
These windows are part of a larger collection, and all are available for purchase. Please contact me for price and size information.