I’m still half asleep and delirious from staying up all night cleaning my pad and organizing my office since a friend was arriving from out of town wicked early last night……only to find out the plane would be oversold. BLAST! Well at least everything is clean now. Amazing the mental clarity you have when things are organized. ANYWHO, I’m trying to work but can’t seem to get my head in the game. So I will write.

There has been this huge debate in my mind that I have been researching everything under the sun to find where the line is between commercial photography and fine art. To say I have completely solved this riddle would be a little deceiving….but I’m getting close to describing it…HERE’s what I found.

My work is by far mostly commercial….but a huge amount of comm work (not just mine) has become art for people. Fine-Art does not transfer over that gray quite so easy…though it has happened. Question….How would you categorize these images? All of these are mine but the Last one….Mr Warhols.

OK so what do you think?? Trick question…both! All of these have been displayed and used as commercial work and Fine-Art…..SEE THE CONFUSION! Ok so your probably saying….BRAUN we are back where we started. I don’t claim to be an “artist” …Creative?…yes….but I am rarely on that level of THIS IS ME AND THIS THE MESSAGE I AM SENDING TO THE WORLD…..though I am working on this view.

So after a lifetime of awesome conversations with REAL artists, reps, gallery owners…it seems that real “in your face, Legendary status” artists all have something in common….They all communicate their message and vision. This vision is not the same their entire life…that would be boring right? But it (like us….or atleast we should) mature and grow as life goes on. But the vision and message makes the difference between an Artists and a technically skilled individual.

Know that you don’t have to be an artist, I’m still trying to weigh if I am one…..Just because you can sell your prints individually doesn’t make you an “Artist”

So a couple of questions….How are you changing the world?

-If you are DIRT in the next 3 years….What is your legacy? (I just realized the danger of asking that questions for fearing the consequence of everybody throwing me under the magnifying glass for my message)…..Lets just say I am starting at the bottom….probably most of you are ahead of me in this respect.

My Opinion…..don’t kill yourself from putting so much pressure on yourself to BE an artist if that’s what you want (or think you want) to do….it should come naturally right?…..isn’t that what art is? Showing the world YOU….it’s not your job to make sure everybody likes it….but don’t misunderstand me…there is a business side to it.

“Art is what you can get away with” Andy Warhol

What do you think?

BRAUN….and Patton

SALUTATIONS! Random fun times lately…..A good friend John Harris asked me if I wanted to have some fun and go shoot some photos downtown of the Governor (of Texas) Rick Perry while he was in town for the Glen Beck Show. Totally not my style of shooting…but it’s good to get out and do something out of the ordinary….keeps you sharp. BUT can I just say something…I am oh so proud to know that we have a Governor that could have the option of a career after his time in office of being an actor….maybe a soap star! GEEZE! I throw out a challenge….anybody have a better looking governor I dare you to challenge this man’s rugged Tom Berenger level good looks! wow! hahahaa

TEXAS RANGERS….and not the baseball team…..Like WALKER!!!! (but the real deal) These guys are bad! FYI there are only 133 Texas Rangers in the entire state….pretty elite…Photo by John Harris

2nd Latest Adventure…..My very good friend Austin Lewter plays drums for Kevin Deal…..A great Texas Country musician. They let me come and hang out during their gig at the Granada. Austin and I used to play together so the music scene means a lot to me…brought back memories. Definitely check these guys out! Good people.

NOTE: Shooting this concert I kept my D300 at ISO 1000 and tried to keep it at a shutter speed of 1/60ths of a second.

QUOTE of the week! Don’t be afraid to see what you see. Ronald Reagan

Here are a few shots more shots lately….Don’t stop believin!

Til Next Time…

BRAUN…and Patton

Exciting Days to Come


How are we? If you haven’t heard I completely adore planes…. or any aircraft for that matter. I fly but not nearly the level of this machine but I Got the chance to shoot a few of these guys this past week. Moral of the story….you never know when or how you will find new opportunities…get out there and lend yourself to chance.

If you don’t, you should absolutely start using MOZILLA’s FIREFOX the web browser. I love it….specifically it’s all about customization and some reallllllllly sweet tools. MY favorite is the Pic Lens for it’s awesome image viewing capabilities

Sometimes we just plain suck at getting creative, (atleast I do) This video gave me some serious encouragement. Don’t stop believin!

Braun…and Patton


Define Transformation


Ok, so I’m totally sorry for leaving you so long. I’ve been on an assignment that, though I love and support the cause, I loathe the time it fully consumes. I will quit whining now. So on my 1 day off I got to shoot MORE…but for another awesome cause. The Villages TRANSFORM….Did this with about 700 photo’s from the day. Music by Mos Def (yes the actor…sick) DIRECT LINK

Transform Lewisville (June) from donovanhouse on Vimeo.

Found these 2 video’s that totally tripped me out. It really made me think about certain aspects of photography….morally, perhaps we do have a certain responsibility to our viewers. What do you think? Is our standard of beauty raised to the impossible level of flawless? Women, I can see now how stressed you are with these types of advertisements.

Short one tonite seeing as I am dog tired. will post more this week…..promise.

Don’t stop believin!

BRAUN …and Patton

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