Love Birds - Herbert and Mildred Carter

I wrote this a while back but wanted to share it as this True Love story always makes me hopeful. 

Lt Col Herbert Carter

In doing documentary work, I am given one of the greatest honors – to meet people from all walks of life and share their stories with others. That’s my job. While working on docs for AMS’ Black History Uncovered series I have met men and women whose contributions to our country have caused groundbreaking changes.

Two such people are on my mind because of the recent passing of Lt. Col. Herbert Carter. Tom Rubeck, my co-producer, and I met Mildred Hemmons Carter, who passed last October, and Herbert Carter while filming our first documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen. I could list their many accomplishments, but I would rather take the time to honor them by conveying to you the love that they shared.

Mildred Hemmons Carter

They arrived early for our interview. Herbert, approaching 90, got out and opened the passenger door for his wife. They took their time walking, his hand on her elbow steadying her as they entered the area where we were filming. We interviewed him and when it was Mildred’s turn, as they passed, they blew each other a kiss!

There are times that the most beautiful stories from interviews get left out of a film because they don’t serve the larger story. In those situations, hopefully the stories make it to the DVD extras, which is the case with this one. The beauty of documentary filmmaking is that stories and ideas can be shared worldwide for generations to come. As the Carters tell their love-bird story in this video, I am glad that people who never met them get the chance to hear them tell it. Two bright, gifted kids in love meeting over rural Alabama in the 40s, with their whole lives stretched out in front of them. Their story reminds me that nothing is impossible.

You can find the video here.

From left to right: Monika Watkins, Herbert Carter, Mildred Hemmons Carter, Deanna Mitchell, Tom Rubeck at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama.

From left to right: Monika Watkins, Herbert Carter, Mildred Hemmons Carter, Deanna Mitchell, Tom Rubeck at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama.

January 1, 2016 - The First Day of This New Year

They say what you do the first day of the new year reflects how you'll spend the rest of the year. If that's true 2016 has great things in store, including travel, adventure, new friends, wonder and wild animals trying to hitch a ride. Exciting! 

Faces in Dallas

A few men who compelled me in an unspoken way to photograph them. Enjoyed hearing a little about Alonzo's (gentleman in purple) life. He left me with a smile, and when he said I made his day, it made mine. 

March Against Monsanto

On May 25 Dallas citizens participated in the global March Against Monsanto. According to the organization's website over 2 million people around the world participated in the event. Here are photos from the gathering at Dallas City Hall where protesters are expressing concern about GMOs and the harms of pesticides. 

Street Photography - Milan

These photos were taken during a trip to Italy. Milan is rich in fashion and everywhere on the streets people were expressing their individual style. It is a street photographer's paradise. I can't wait to go back.