The purpose of this blog is to act as an online home for some of my many original blues photos over the years. I have been lucky to photograph many stars in the blues world and plenty of unknowns, too. It was something I did for fun, not profit, and as a way to remember all the wonderful shows I have seen.
The story of how I came to start taking pictures is a simple one. I had been hanging out in blues bars since the age of 18. I always enjoyed the music but I never thought about taking pictures until Zuzu Bollin died in 1990. I always enjoyed Zuzu's shows at venues large and small around Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). I had his CD, LP, promo shots, newspaper clippings, etc., but none of them captured what I saw in the clubs. Zuzu was old, sick, and had a drug problem when he was rediscovered in the 80's. Most of the time it showed. Sometimes he looked like he was at death's door. However when his name was called to go onstage, he rose straight and strong, with a big smile on his face, and strode with purpose to the stage where he proceeded to give it his all. At the end of his set, he returned to his seat and was suddenly a sick old man again. The stage was transformative for Zuzu, and I would never see that again now that he was gone. I regretted the fact that I would never have a "good" photo of Zuzu. That's what started my adventure in blues photography.
Since then, I have managed to capture a few moments, here and there, that help me relive that joy of performing. It works for me, and I hope a few of them will work for you, too. Sadly, many of the artists I have photographed have since joined Zuzu on the big stage in the sky.
I started out shooting with a Pentax K-1000 back in the film days. Usually with a 50mm lens and sometimes with a zoom telephoto. All manual, no fancy bells and whistles. Just film and glass. Many of the photos here will be scans of prints. At least up to 2002.
I hope you enjoy browsing these photos and maybe even find one of your favorites included. If you don't see someone you love, ask. I might have some shots. Just please remember I didn't start this until 1990 so I do not have that rare Robert Johnson or SRV photo you might be looking for. Since then, I have been able to shoot almost every major touring blues act since 1990.
If you use the artist index, BE SURE TO PAGE DOWN AFTER SELECTING AN ARTIST. Some artists I have shot many times and selecting an artist will bring up many images.
If you are just paging through instead of using the index, be sure to click on OLDER POSTS in the lower right hand corner to go to the next page. There are many pages.
All photos are my copyright and all rights are reserved.
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Don O.'s Dallas/Fort Worth Blues Scrapbook
Some of my favorite original blues photos from the 90's through today.
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Bnois King Band with Michael Lee, Irving 4/29/23
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Shawn Pittman, Bartonville 4/5/23
Sunday, February 5, 2023
Mike Morgan, Dallas 2/5/23
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Larry Lampkin, Fort Worth 12/3/22
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Horojo Trio, Bartonville 11/10/22
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges & Zac Harmon, Bartonville 9/15/22
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Flowers for Freddie on his birthday
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Shawn Pittman, Bartonville, August 14, 2022
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Hash Brown, Dallas 6/5/22
Aaron Burton, Dallas 6/5/22
Thursday, April 7, 2022
E.J. Mathews, Grapevine 4/7/22
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Dylan Bishop, Fort Worth 3/27/22
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Sue Foley, Dallas 10/23/21
Thursday, August 19, 2021
E.J. Mathews, Grapevine, 8/19/21
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Amy Thornhill, Fort Worth 6/20/21
Friday, June 11, 2021
Shawn Pittman, Dallas 6/11/21
Thursday, June 3, 2021
E.J. Mathews and Larry Lampkin, Grapevine, 6/3/21
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Shawn Pittman, Richardson 5/22/21
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Zac Harmon, Dallas 1/26/20
Bnois King, Dallas 1/26/20
Reo Casey, Dallas 1/26/20
Paul Byrd, Dallas 1/26/20
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Dempsey Crenshaw, Dallas 1/25/20
Holland K. Smith, Dallas, 1/25/20
Lady Zee, Dallas 1/25/20
C.T. Davis, Dallas 1/25/20
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