Several years ago, as Superintendent of Canton ISD (TX), I began to take pictures of our students as they participated in athletic events. I continued the practice when I became the Superintendent of Midlothian ISD (TX). The count of photographs is over 120,000.
As Superintendent of Schools, I enjoyed attending as many academic and athletic events as possible. It was a privilege to see our students participate and compete at their God-given best.
I took photographs as a way of giving back to the students, their famalies, and the community. My hope was that the photographer would be forgotten and the photographs would have value in the present and the years yet to be.
In short, the pictures were gifts.
The photos are posted on a website (midmoments) and I’ve never made a penny from them.
Recently retired, I continue to take photographs of Waxahachie ISD, TX (football) and Maypearl ISD, TX (football and basketball) as an unpaid, freelance contributor to the Waxahachie Daily Light.
For the same reasons as above: gifts to the students, their families, and their communities with the hope that the photographer will be forgotten and that the pictures bring a measure of joy and value to those who view them.