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DOT.COM at the Guate Photo Festival

LENSCRATCH will be participating in the Guate Photo Festival, coming up in November in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  The organizers asked 4 on-line platforms: LENSCRATCH, Fotovisura, 500 Photographers, and Flak Photo to create exhibitions that will be projected throughout the festival at the La Fototeca Gallery, a converted movie theater with 4 large screens running the 4 exhibitions simultaneously. The event is titled [DOT]COM.

For the LENSCRATCH exhibition, I curated 100 portraits by 50 photographers that have been featured on Lenscratch over the years, and the resulting presentation is LOOKING AT OURSELVES: Portraits featured on LENSCRATCH. Cynthia Henebry’s wonderful image is the poster image for the event.

Today, I am sharing one image from each photographer in the presentation: Looking at Ourselves: Photographers Featured On LENSCRATCH



©Susan Barnett

Thank you to Guate Photo for this opportunity and to all the amazing participating photographers.

Shannon Richardson

I don’t know Shannon Richardson personally, but I kind of think he is a quiet and thoughtful man. His wonderful images of American life, particularly in Texas, hearken to another era, one without cell phones and laptops where people actually are looking out and not down. He is a photo purist, shooting with his Hassleblad 503cw or Holga, and manages to find the small moments that combine into a rich tapestry of living.

Shannon lives in Amarillo, Texas and works as a commercial and advertising photographer, but he also finds time to make work that is truly his own. His project and book, Route 66, looks at the iconic subject matter found on the quintessential American road trip which include the quirky attractions, signs, and architecture of motels and diners.


Shannon has a number of terrific series, but I actually enjoyed looking at his work on his blog, where all the images create a grid of moments–people and places that reveal years of consistent observations. His work has an essence of two photographers I greatly admire, Keith Carter and Mike Peters–all three photographers have a strong sense of place and a true affinity with the the people they photograph.








Shannon’s new series, Texas is a Fine Place to Die, is a snapshot of a place that is changing and evolving while remaining grounded in a lifestyle that remains much the same.

The project documents the places, people and traditions of a fading era of Texas that was the transition from the wild west to the new west. A generation when cowboys drove Cadillacs and shootouts took place on the screen at the matinee. The small rural towns were the hub of social rituals and events. Much of the character, atmosphere and mythos that made this area unique and sometimes larger than life still remain despite their steady decline.

Images from Texas is a Fine Place to Die