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landscape design book

i got to shoot for my friend, stephen breaux again last week.

stephen is the phenomenal landscape designer who founded austin-based breaux design.

i’ve said it here before that i love his work.  so it’s great when we get to work together.

here’s one of his newer projects in westlake…

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when we finished the quick shoot… he reminded me that his work (and subsequently mine too) was featured in a book recently.  and he gave me a copy.

it’s a big, beautiful hardcover coffee table book, with some truly spectacular designs and photographs.  check it out if you get a chance!

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pedernales falls | sunrise hike

after my shoot in austin last week, i decided to head out to camp at an old favorite spot of mine: pedernales falls state park.

i hadn’t been out there in about ten years.  and frankly, it was better than i remembered it.

from the river to the waterfalls to the vast brush country, pedernales falls is a true hill country gem.

 

next time i go, i’ll spend more than just a few morning hours… :)

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breaux design | landscape art

stephen breaux is the genius landscape designer behind austin’s breaux design.

i absolutely love his work, and so it’s a real privilege that he’s one of my friends and clients…

here’s a sampling of what he and i have been working most recently.

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keep austin(‘s family portraits) weird

why not?

humanimal family portrait, austin, 2012

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new austin skyline

last week, i had a few days of commercial shoots down in austin.  it was great to finally get back down there.

but austin is a rapidly changing city…  understatement of the year.

i’m amazed every time i revisit this old haunt of mine.  i mean, i’m not that old.  am i?

i first moved to austin for college in 1999.  wow… last century, huh?

okay, but in the bigger scheme of things, it wasn’t that long ago.

even still, the skyline is almost unrecognizable now from those days.

at least five of the tallest buildings were not there in 2000…

towering over zilker park.  it’s really shaping up.  from a visual point-of-view at least, it’s kind of growing on me.

from south congress… still a magnificent view.

i must admit, 9 times out of 10, i’d rather see mountains.  and austin as a city has changed in many ways of which i’m not a huge fan.  but i’m not here to bash development or urban growth.

the “progress” of man is not an easy force to stop.  and change isn’t always bad.

i love that austin hasn’t totally lost it’s identity.  it’s still the weirdest, most expressive little city in our fair country.

hippie + cowboy = something pretty damn honest and (at the very least) interesting to look at.

you don’t believe me?  look at Willie.  or perhaps Kinky.  enough said.

now, all we have to do is kick all (literally ALL) of those rotten politicians out and perhaps we’d have quite the utopia…

all images and content © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2011

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new years: bongos and puke

elle and i went to inks lake state park near austin to camp for new years this year…

it was kind of a disaster.  some college kids pulled in next to us late the first night.  no big deal, i thought.  they’re camping for new years… i’m sure they’ll be respectful of our space and peace.  expectations crushed.

they were playing bongos until 5 0’clock in the morning.  awesome.

and to top it off, i must have undercooked our bacon wrapped jalapenos, because elle got violently sick in the middle of the night.

it was an interesting way to ring in 2011.

but, we still managed to have a good time, strangely enough.  and i get the feeling it’s a precursor for what the rest of our lives might be like:  shattered expectations, sickness, rude people, etc.  rolling with the punches.

in spite of it all, we enjoyed each other’s company, and were glad that we had one another with which to share this incredibly odd time.

here’s to 2011!!

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hill country nap

getting away for the weekend to nap in the warm texas winter sun… the hill country way.

all images and content © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2010

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