Hello, I am Lanny Medlin and I was raised and still live in rural East Texas. My interest are travel, history, and photography. Growing up in a rural area I had little contact with the works of the photographic masters. There were a few drugstore-type camera shops in town but no art museums and no serious books on photography. But, I did have the photographs of the great magazines of Life, Look, Post, and National Geographic to inspire me.
As a youth, one of the activities that I found myself looking forward to, was going to the barber shop on Saturday mornings. Sitting in the luxury of air conditioning, of which we had none at home, and basking in the smell of the barbershop, an aromatic mixture of talc, hair tonics and Barbicide. My personal barbershop favorite was the magazines, I loved to sit and look at the photographs, fascinated by their composition, lighting, and viewing angles. They taught me a different way to view the world.
I owe a lot to my parents, especially the esthetic belief of what is beauty and worth. My father taught me to appreciate what I have and everything has worth. My mother taught me that there is beauty in the ordinary and is present even in ugliness. Collectively they instilled in me an ethic of looking beneath the surface and appreciate the character of the ordinary.
Henri Cartier-Bresson wrote, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst,” I appreciate this saying and it truly defines me. I am always attempting to photograph with an open mind and seeing the beauty in, often overlooked or unappreciated things.