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Two Bob Kinney Photos Selected for Exhibition

“Storytelling” Photograph Exhibit at L. Nowlin Gallery through February 12.

Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. 1202-A West Sixth Street, Austin 78703 – one block west of Blanco Street  and on the north side of Sixth just past the first traffic light westbound from West Sixth and Lamar –

Shares vintage building with Workman Gallery.

Note street parking restrictions till 5pm weekdays. Saturday OK.

Some spaces along Blanco are free anytime … cruise around.

Exhibit Details

Tired but Strong Eyes

I met Bugler Man in the first home of El Buen Samaritano – an emerging neighborhood ministry to South Austin of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in the late 1980s.

El Buen took root in a wonderfully-carved, stone building that provided a lunchroom, kitchen, chapel and modest office space on West Mary Street. I had written about the man in the photo’s background and his wife – Ed and Martha Jonas – who had created a food ministry to feed the homeless at El Buen after Ed retired from teaching geology at the University of Texas. I showed up at a weekday El Buen lunch to photograph Martha and Ed to accompany the article I wrote.

“Do you want a photograph?” asked a man with tired but strong eyes. He posed himself in front of me with a deft attention to detail – plate full with cap off and held with the other hand. I shot but one photo – the one you see here. In the next few months, Bugler Man <whose name I never asked for but noted his tobacco of choice since I was smoking then> became a bridge between the neighborhood poor and homeless and the El Buen center. Folks began coming to El Buen more often … for a good lunch and a place in line for what help the church could give. Bugler Man set up classes at El Buen so neighbors could learn English and find out how to get the help they needed.

Bugler Man died about three months after this photograph was taken. He was asleep in a vacant East Austin house with other homeless folks when someone with a grudge against one of those inside set fire to the house.

New Orleans

Finishing a late breakfast in a New Orleans cafe, I turned around to see this twinkling woman whose children and grand-kids had just said “goodbye.”

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  1. Tomoko
    January 10, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Beautiful and powerful photographs…. Thank you for sharing. Wish I could see them in the gallery.

    • January 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      thanks, Tomoko
      Wish you could be here.
      Bob

  2. chris
    January 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    So proud of my Brother Bob! I love those pics! i still have the lady at my house

  3. January 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    thanks, Chris
    Her wonderful face, smile, elegant fingers … she has seen so much.
    Bob

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