The practice of civil engineering is fundamental to the success of modern human civilization. We could not dominate our world without roads, bridges, dams and other structures. We seldom think of transportation infrastructure as beautiful or elegant in design.
The photographs here are of participants in a reenactment called the Fall Of The Alamo performed in 2015. It is staged every year to commemorate events which occurred in 1836 leading to Texas Independence. Texans are proud of the sacrifices made at the Alamo and other battles in the struggle for independence from Mexico. The events draw large crowds to the Alamo every year. This year the programs will be on March 5 all day with a dawn wreath laying ceremony on the 6th.
Photographs displayed on The Louis Draper Project website show glimpses of a community not long past but unknown to many of us. Mr. Draper covered a range of subjects from fashionable women to the third world. His work includes many excellent portraits and street photography of the community in which he lived.
Sometime in 2014 I signed up for The Louis Draper Project email distributions. I’m certainly glad I did. Mr. Draper was a photographer of great skill and cultural sensitivity who is not well known outside his community. Now the Louis Draper Project is making his photography available to a mass audience. Well done to all concerned.
Photographers such as Louis Draper possess freedom of expression and level of craft we can all appreciate. Their work moves far beyond the preoccupation with rules and technique that dominates most online photography discussions. Looking at work by masters photographers is an excellent way to develop creative eyes.