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Archive for October, 2009

Hunger In Guatemala

by on Oct.31, 2009, under Photography

Hunger is a huge problem in Guatemala this year following a record drought and the international economic crisis. Please watch the video. If you are near Austin and want to help out, please consider coming along to the concert on the afternoon of November 22nd. Leave a comment if you have any questions or contact organiser Kathi Thomas.

Hunger in Guatemala from Dave Wilson on Vimeo.

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The Secret of a Good Marriage

by on Oct.27, 2009, under Photography

During the 12 years I have been married, various guys new to the marriage thing have asked me for advice on how to keep the relationship on track. Usually, my answer involves two things, firstly that the answer “Yes Dear” should be used early and often and secondly that a husband’s job in a marriage is all about enhancing his partner’s happiness. I rather hope that the second of these points works the other way too and, from my experience, that’s pretty true.

Earlier this week, Nikki found a video that I should also share with other husbands out there. I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

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“Boots 2 Heal” Exhibition at the Morton Street Gallery, Richmond

by on Oct.26, 2009, under Photography

I spent a very pleasant evening on Saturday at the opening of the “Boots 2 Heal” exhibition in the Morton Street Gallery, Richmond, just west of Houston. The show features representations of the cowboy boot in a wide variety of different media – oil, watercolour, acrylic, sculpture, mosaic, metalwork and photography and is beautifully presented on two floors of the gallery.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Children’s Cancer Hospital at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center with all the gallery commission being donated to the cause. It has the backing of some major sponsors including Stetson and Lucchese.

If you are in the Houston area, do drop by and take a look. The show is open now and remains until November 14th. Look out for my two entries here and here.

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News for the week

by on Oct.23, 2009, under Photography

Sculpture, DFW

Sculpture, DFW, originally uploaded by DaveWilsonPhotography.

Things have been rather quiet on the blog this week since I’ve been out of town on business in California and have not have a great deal of time to post. This image was taken in DFW airport on the way out to San Jose and shows a rather excellent sculpture in the new Terminal D at the airport.

While I’ve been out, both boys and Nikki have been recovering from flu, Nikki has received some fabulous news (more of which next week) and I’ve been featured as the guest photographer over on Jason St Peter’s fabulous “50% Chance of Rain” blog.

I get back to Austin tomorrow night in time for mother-in-law Rae Dollard’s show opening at the Blue Goat Gourmet in San Marcos and will be making a quick trip to Houston on Saturday for the opening of the “Boots 2 Heal” show at Morton Street Gallery in Richmond, near Houston.

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Cub Camp

by on Oct.18, 2009, under Photography

0910-Webelos_Woods-49, originally uploaded by wilsonloftin.

Cameron and I are just back from El Cima Rancho just outside Wimberley. This is a huge ranch owned by the Boy Scouts and is the venue for the annual Webelos Woods weekend camp at which the top two Cub Scout levels get together with the local Scout Troops to try out activities that are more adventurous than Cubs normally would normally be involved in. These included pioneering, fire building, geocaching, making flint arrowheads and CPR training.

The weather was great and we both had a good time despire Cameron coming home with a fever and me messing my back up lifting a 10lb cooler.

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A Vote to Help FIRST

by on Oct.07, 2009, under Photography

If you read this blog, you are probably aware that I am a supporter of, and great believer in the message sent by, Dean Kamen’s FIRST organisation which promotes science and engineering through robotics competitions in schools. I received the following message from FIRST today and am passing it on in the hope that other readers will vote and help them towards some serious funding from Google.

A Vote to help FIRST!

You may be familiar with Google’s Project 10^100 (Project 10 to the 100) where Google opened up a suggestion box for ways to solve world problems that fell into different categories. Well, a FIRST’s team suggestion was picked to go into a small group of only 67 selected suggestions out of the over 150,000 suggestions received. Grouped into 16 categories, these suggestions are now up for final voting by the world! Of these 16 categories, up to five categories will be selected as winners of the $10,000,000 prize money – which will be split among them (so $2 million per category).

Go to and cast your vote for this category which involves using funds to spread FIRST to more students and schools around the world!

Voting ends on Thursday, October 8th — so please help by voting soon! And if you can encourage others to vote as well – that would be great!

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Communion Silverware, Central Presbyterian

by on Oct.07, 2009, under Photography

The photography group at Central Presbyterian Church is currently hard at work pulling together pictures of church life for a sermon on November 15th which is to be given over the top of a slideshow. As a result, 3 or 4 of us have been bringing photo equipment to church for the last month or so and shooting pictures of various Sunday School classes and fellowship activities.

When my official shooting obligation for a given Sunday is in the bag, I’ve tended to head back to the sanctuary and shoot detail shots that we can use between the smiling kids and coffee drinking adults. This is one from last Sunday that I’m particularly happy with. The stained glass reflections in the communion silverware were wonderful. You can find another similar shot over on the photoblog too.

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A Decade and Counting

by on Oct.04, 2009, under Family


0910-Cameron_10th_Birthday-13, originally uploaded by wilsonloftin.

Our oldest “baby” (second from the right in this picture) turned 10 last Wednesday. It hardly seems any time since I was pushing a stroller around our neighbourhood late at night trying to get our little, colic-suffering bundle of joy to stop screaming and go to sleep. I’m glad to say that most of the screaming these days if of the “scream for joy” variety, thank goodness.

We celebrated on Friday night when a group of his friends came over for a food fight, hot tubbing, marshmallow roasting and many, many hours of video game playing. They had a blast and, thankfully, kept the whipped cream outside and off the carpets.

On Saturday morning, we got together with all the guys in the Cub Scout den and played Blazer Tag, something that was greatly appreciated by Dad as well as the boys. There’s something amazingly therapeutic about racing around a darkened, 3 storey arena blasting people with a lazer gun 🙂

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