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I Love Texas Photo Instagram Feature {Travel}

In October of 2014 I had the honor of taking over the "I Love Texas Photo" Instagram account. Below is the journey I documented. I focused on locations around Williamson County with one detour into Austin. I look forward to another opportunity in 2015.

Hello, my name is Todd White. I'm excited about taking you on a journey through some history and interesting places in and around where I call home, Georgetown. I am a local photographer and Producer and one of the DPs for the Daytripper television show on PBS. This is the Williamson County Courthouse. It sits at the heart of the Square in downtown Georgetown. Inside this courthouse, A trial occurred in 1923 that impacted racism in the nation and propelled a young District Attorney to become the youngest governor of the state of Texas.

The perfect way to get around the square in Georgetown and visit other destinations in the Main Street area is with a Red Poppy bicycle. These are available to check out for free from the visitor center and at the library. Get a little bit of exercise and it's good for the environment.

When visiting Georgetown, be sure that you take advantage of this one-of-a-kind photo opportunity just off the Square. This is a statue of Three Legged Willie, also known as Robert McAlpin Williamson. He is a very important historical figure for the county, in fact Williamson County was named after him. Interesting fact is that he never lived in this area. He was a traveling circuit judge who spent a bit of time at the courthouse here in Georgetown. Pictured here with Three Legged Willie is Mickie Ross, the executive director of the Williamson Museum. After you take your photo with Three Legged Willie, be sure to turn around and step inside the Williamson Museum for more information and history about this county.

On our journey of history, it seemed only appropriate to follow up my previous post with this photograph that I just took at the Texas State cemetery. This is an amazing cemetery full of Texas history. If you're in the area I highly recommend a visit to pay respect to some of the great people who founded this great state.

Meet Vencil, owner of the Taylor Café. You may recognize him from his cameo appearance in the Chevy Silverado commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl. In 1948, Vencil purchased this old hotel by the railroad tracks and opened the Taylor Café...which is known for its BBQ. He started learning the craft of great barbecue while working at the Southside Market in Elgin then branched out on his own. He is truly a legend of Texas BBQ.

This is the childhood home of former Texas governor, Dan Moody. It's located in Taylor, TX and is now a museum. Yesterday I referred to a trial that happened at the Williamson County courthouse. Dan Moody was the DA at that time and he took on the KKK and won. Not only were the defendants convicted, they SERVED time. That was the first time this happened in the nation - conviction + serving time. This was a major victory and impact to the KKK of that era. This propelled Dan Moody's career and he became the youngest governor of Texas. Find out more about Dan Moody when visiting the museum. His tombstone at the Texas State Cemetery has a quote from Shakespeare - "To thine own self be true." I think that says it all.

Decided to make a trip out to Taylor, Texas today but before you get to Taylor you really need to stop off at the Circleville Store for some fried fish or a great hamburger. The locals are always smiling and ready to serve up a cold one and on the weekends you can catch live music outback. This building is been around since 1905 and The Circleville Store been owned by the same family for over 80 years.

One of the first stops in Wahburg is to the old Crawford mill. Time to pay homage to a remake one of the most famous Texas movies. It seems appropriate to include this stop especially since next week is Halloween. Of course, the original version of this movie is great to watch anytime. Anyone want to take a guess at what movie was filmed here and around this area?

So today I'm heading just a little bit north of Georgetown to the town of Walburg. It's a small town...a wee bit bigger than "blink and you'll miss it" but it holds a few surprises.

A chain dragon and a classic Buick?? Just some of the yard art in Walburg. I have no explanation.

Meet Dale, the owner of Dale's Essenhaus. Dale's has been serving up some of the best burgers in the area for a little over 18 years. His famous burger is affectionately referred to as the Walburger. Pair that with his amazing onion rings and you will not be disappointed. Oh and don't forget to chase that down with a Texas brewed Shiner Bock. Dale and his crew happen to be carving up some fresh brisket in cubes. 

Meet Gene. He and his wife Carolyn own the Georgetown Antique Mall on the Square. While Carolyn is greeting and helping customers up front, Gene is in the back keeping the lost art of caning by hand alive. People come from all around to have Gene restore their chairs. He is a true artist.

Georgetown is also home to Southwestern University. In 2015 they will celebrate their 175th birthday which makes Southwestern the oldest University in Texas. Now our neighbors in Waco may dispute this...but since Ive got the baton, SWU wins. :-) Another fun fact about SWU is that in 1909, Southwestern University held the very first homecoming. The campus is beautiful, well worth a visit when you're in town. It's time for me to sign off. Thanks for coming along on the journey through my hometown and a few other stops along the way. Safe travels across this great state.

Rural America {Travel}

Earlier this year I made a road trip through Iowa with a fellow photographer, Russ Taylor. We were there to do some research on a potential project with the Meskwaki Nation. It was the first time either of us had been in this part of the heartland and we found ourselves fascinated with this part of our great country.

Here are just a few of my favorite photos depicting "Rural America."

Iowa with the iPhone and Snapseed {Travel}

Wasn't expecting Iowa to be so beautiful...really didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Since last Friday Russ Taylor and I have been here in Tama-Toledo working in a documentary project with the Meskwaki Native Americans (more on that project later). During some of our downtime, what do two photographer do...explore. We did shoot some with our regular cameras but we could not help but pull out our phones and document our trip along the way. The iPhone and Snapseed app are the perfect combo for such a trip.

Madanpur Khadar Community {Travel}

Here are a few photos from the Madanpur Khadar Resettlement Community. More will come later, just wanted to get a few posted before we head out for today's adventure.

This little girl caught this chicken and was running around playing with it. I waited a caught in a moment that is priceless and rarely seen in the United States. The second photo is of a ladies hands with traditional Mehndi.

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India, Good Samaritan School, Madanpur Khadar {Travel}

We spent Tuesday at the Good Samaritan School in Madanpur Khadar. Madanpur Khadar is a government resettlement colony in South Delhi. The people here were relocated from various slums around Delhi. The kids are so special and so fun to hang out with. Patsy and I sponsor two kids from this school and I was able to spend time with both. So cool to have been here in November to meet them and then back this month to see them again...special time.

India, Sunday {Travel}

This week I am leading a team on a trip to India to work with the Good Samaritan School and Children's Hope Chest. The first night in India, while wandering the streets, we came across a small Indian wedding. It was a great introduction for the team to the culture here. Nothing, and I mean nothing is like an Indian wedding.

Lisbon, Portugal {Travel}

Here are a few photos from our trip to Lisbon, Portugal. The architecture here is beautiful and the people are great. So hard to catch every moment.

Indian Wedding {Travel}

About 2 days into our trip in India I was talking to Russ Taylor, another photographer that I met there. We were driving back from lunch and I commented that I would love to be able to shoot an Indian wedding. Just after I said that, we passed an area close to our flat where people were setting up for a wedding. After we got back I grabbed my gear and headed out. I reluctantly went into the tent and food preparation area and I was greeted with smiles and requests for photos. I was pleasantly surprised. Russ mentioned that it was honor for an American to attend a wedding but I was not expecting the welcome I received. After being there for about 30 minutes, the father of the groom approached me and asked me to sit down with him. We talked for about 15 minutes after which he invited me to stay, take photos, eat, make myself at home and enjoy the celebration...what an opportunity.

There are those moments as a photographer that you stop and realize the opportunity in front of you is less about the photos and more about the chance to learn and experience another culture and engage in building relationships with those around you. This was one of those opportunities. The photos below are some that I took throughout the evening as I was asked to or felt like the moment was right...but the majority of the evening I found myself being asked to sit at different tables and visit with people, smoke hookah with the older men and share in a meal. Most of the evening I had my camera in my bag. During the evening I met Pramod Kumar and his kids. He was a friend of the groom's family and he became my guide and educator throughout the evening. He led me around and walked me through the events taking place.

At one point he took me into the community and showed the homes of the bride and groom's families. As we approached the bride's family home, Pramod said that the bride does not show her face in public prior to the wedding ceremony but I could see her home and the female bridal party but no pictures. We then proceeded to the location where the wedding ceremony was to take place. The priests were there preparing for the rituals. They had setup a tent and all the various elements for the ritual including the fire the bride and groom would walk around seven times for purification. This wedding ceremony would take place after the grooms had their celebration back at the tent area. Yes, I said grooms...as in two of them. On this day, two brothers were marrying two sisters.

After this we caught up to the groom's procession through the neighborhood which had started about 2 1/2 hours earlier and was coming to an end at the tent area. It was not hard to find the groom's procession...all you need to do is watch for the fireworks and listen for the music and the people dancing. So here's the rough rundown of the evening into the morning.

Tents and carpets are setup while food is being prepared; people from all over the area (family and friends) start arriving and eating, some stay, some eat and leave; as guests arrive, they are showered with marigold petals as a sign of honor and welcoming them to the celebration; a marching band with drums and bagpipes arrive to play some music for the guests and plaster headed characters arrive to play with the kids; members of the family and other community leaders arrive and take their places in certain seating areas; about 8PM the groom procession starts in the community; the groom is on a white horse or in a carriage; men carry lights powered by a generator in a truck behind the procession; a marching band leads the procession and people dance all along the route; the procession stops about every 20 yards and kids set off fireworks and people dance like crazy...people in the community come out of their homes to join the celebration...it's truly amazing; this goes on for about 2-3 hours; groom arrives at the tent to a massive display of fireworks and I mean a massive display (remember it is now about 11PM); some gifts are given to them, mainly cash and they take their seats with the family; the family enjoys a meal with the groom and some ceremonies are performed; groom leaves the tent area and heads to the location for the wedding ceremony; the wedding ceremony begins around 1AM and lasts for about 2-3 hours; groom then takes his new bride to the home of his parents; bride is welcomed into the family and another series of wedding rituals are performed which can last another 2 hours. Some of the rituals and whether the bride can be seen or not will vary by the religious background of the family - strict Hindu traditions or not, Christian, or another variation of Hinduism.

I left around 12 midnight as the groom was getting settled in the tent area and ready for the meal. It was such a cool event to experience and be a part of. Truly amazing. Can't wait to attend another one. Enjoy the photos below...most of them are explained in the paragraph above.

Good Samaritan School, Madanpur Khadar {Travel}

Here are some photos from the day I spent with the kids at the Good Samaritan School in the Madanpur Khadar Community. I was able to have lunch with Sushmita and visit with Chandan (our sponsored children) while there that day.