The Art of the Personal Project: Spencer Selvidge

This week photography consultant Suzanne Sease spoke with Spencer Selvidge on his Texas 9-Pin project and how he unexpectedly felt familial connections and a sense of nostalgia while shooting at the Blanco Bowling Club & Cafe.

Spencer says “Texas 9-Pin began as an off-the-cuff mention from a professor in graduate school. I spent my first night at the Blanco Bowling Club and Café meeting a few of the regulars and making images for a class. I felt at home there immediately, and was encouraged by the warmth of a few bowlers. I love connecting with people while making images and this was the perfect situation for that. They reminded me of my grandparents: Americans of primarily German descent who were avid bowlers. When this project came to me, I didn’t expect it to connect me with my family’s history. The sounds, smells, and family atmosphere pulled me in, reminding me of how present both bowling and photography were in my childhood. The inspiration to keep shooting grew with each visit.”

9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.
9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.
9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.
9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.
9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.
9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.
9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.
9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.
9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.
9-Pin bowling in Blanco, Texas, at the Blanco Bowling Club and Cafe.

More images and the full interview can be viewed at aPhotoEditor’s website:

The Art of the Personal Project: Spencer Selvidge

About Spencer Selvidge

Spencer Selvidge is a freelance photojournalist based in Austin, Texas, who specializes in visual storytelling with sound, video and stills. A native of St. Louis, MO, he took his first photos at the age of 4 and spent many weekends throughout his childhood selling newspapers for the family business and taking pictures in Boy Scouts.

He is originally a self-taught photographer and first cultivated his skills while earning his degree in biology at Texas A&M University. A while later, Spencer returned to school and completed a masters degree in photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He has traveled extensively with the aim to explore cultures and issues around the world as well as at home. Spencer is enthralled with and devoted to respectfully and ethically capturing the individual essence of his subjects and stories – especially when he can shed light on and help create awareness about important issues.

About Suzanne Sease

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s, after establishing the art buying department at The Martin Agency then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information believing that marketing should be driven by a brand and not specialty. Follow her on twitter at SuzanneSease.

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