Film Photography

Skating Polly: The Make It All Show Tour Kickoff

Returning to the scene of their very first show, for­mer Okies Skating Polly played to a sold-​out house at OPOLIS on Saturday. The show was the first stop in a 15-​city tour pro­mot­ing the release of their fifth full-​length album The Make It All Show. Vice Magazine calls it “rip-​roaring,” […]

Tea with Tyson Meade (Interview & Gallery)

On 26 May, cen­tral Oklahoma felt an earth­quake. The vibra­tions were from the nee­dle drop­ping on Godfather of Alt-​Rock Tyson Meade’s new long player, Robbing the Nuclear Family. The 55-​year-​old rocker played piano and sang the entire album to an atten­tive audi­ence at his­toric music venue VZD’s Restaurant and […]

Wanette, Oklahoma

past Independence Day, my best friend and pho­to­graphic con­spir­a­tor Joe Crumley and I drove to see the aban­doned Gandini Circus camp in Edmond. It was a great dis­s­a­point­ment — most of the struc­tures are gone, and over­grown green­ery obscured the rest, mak­ing it unsuit­able to pho­to­graph. We decided to go south to a ghost town in Pottawatamie County. We didn’t… Read More …

Downtown Roosevelt, Oklahoma

is a small, all-​​but-​​abandoned town in west­ern Oklahoma. According to the lat­est cen­sus, the pop­u­la­tion num­bers 248. Today it’s known as a mas­sive auto­mo­bile morgue: sev­eral auto sal­vage com­pa­nies have set up shop there, and today the corpses of cars and trucks out­num­ber the liv­ing. The town once boasted a beau­ti­ful Art Deco high school, and across the… Read More …

Paige S. Wilson, Photographer

Photog­ra­pher Paige S. Wilson recently dropped by Mercury Photo Bureau for a facil­i­ties tour. We traded places behind the cam­era as I made her por­trait, and she made mine. Wilson was in born Los Angeles and raised in Oklahoma City. After tak­ing a pho­tog­ra­phy class at Harding Charter Preparatory High School, she enrolled at the University of Central… Read More …

Claude “The Master” Butler

met Claude Butler when he 1st moved to Norman in 1987. He had an arrange­ment with the man­age­ment at Sooner Fashion Mall (now called “Sooner Mall”) in which they let him set up a shoeshine stand rent-​​free near the mall’s cen­ter court. That arrange­ment ended in 1990 when some cor­po­rate bean-​​counters got wind of it and… Read More …

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