SAN ANGELO, TX - The Concho Valley Photography Club awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" to long-time Concho Valley photographer Bruce Foreman, plus honoring other stand-out local photographers for service and promoting the hobby of photography in the Concho Valley Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Bruce has worked with many, many photographers in the Concho Valley as a mentor, teacher, and inspiring figure. His encyclopedic knowledge of all things photography shows in a monthly photography blog he has written for several decades that is published in the Concho Valley Photography Club's monthly newsletter that goes out to over 200 photographers across the Concho Valley.
Bruce started his photography career serving on the high school year book team in 1955-56. Joining the Air Force, he served in Vietnam, his secondary specialty photography designation opening several doors to practice the craft at the Da Nang Air Base. He then was a technical instructor at GAFB during the ‘70s, building a wedding photography business on the side.
After retiring, he opened his first business, “Bruce Foreman Photography,” operating for five years. The opportunity to buy Wallace Studios presented itself, and Foreman operated that business from 1983-1988. During this period, he served as a judge for the Concho Valley Photography Club’s monthly contests. He accepted a position at GAFB as a staff photographer and served that position for 13 years, retiring again in 2000.
He officially joined the CVPC in 2004, and has been deeply involved with its operation ever since.
- 1955-56 — Worked on the high school yearbook.
- Joined the Air Force, was designated photography as a secondary specialty.
- Vietnam tour — Foreman’s commander, knowing he had the secondary specialty designation, allowed Foreman to bring his equipment into classified areas.
- He became a Unit Photographer for the 6924th Security Squad at Da Nang Air Base.
- During this time, he did an aerial series of photos from a Sikorsky CH-3C — a “Jolly Green Giant” — strapped to the gunner’s pod in the downwash of the rotor.In the 1970s Foreman found himself at Goodfellow Air Force Base as an instructor. During this time, he built up a significant wedding photography side business.
- 1975-76 — Foreman was designated NCO-IC (non-commissioned officer in charge) of the base’s photo lab as extra duty.Foreman retired from the Air Force in November of 1978. He then opened his own photography studio “Bruce Foreman Photography” which operated for 5 years.
- In 1983 Foreman bought Wallace Studios and operated that business from 1983 to 1988. During this time he served as a judge for the Concho Valley Photography Club contests.
- In 1988 Foreman was offered a staff photographer position at GAFB. He took the position and shut down Wallace Studios.Foreman served in that position for 13 years, retiring again from the Air Force in September 2000.
- Forman joined the photography club in 2004, and has been deeply involved in the club ever since.
Tim L. Vasquez
Vasquez faced the reality of disease taking his sight. Through medical technology and the generous organ and tissue donors, he was able to receive cornea transplants that have restored his ability to see. His appreciation of being granted a second chance of sight is expressed in the ability capture the world he sees through new eyes.
Vasquez 's prolific shutterbug activities have seen his photos placed in public buildings all over San Angelo, featured on KLST/KSAN news broadcasts, published many times on page 1A in the "Your Pict" feature of the San Angelo Standard-Times, on the websites gosanangelo.com, conchovalleyhomepage.com, and many others.
Vasquez has been published many times in calendars and magazines. He runs the Facebook page "Untamed Photography", and is an administrator for "Pictures of San Angelo,” “Wake the Desert,” “Tom Green County Weather” and contributes to many others.
Vasquez serves as vice-president of the photography club, making sure members are kept up-to-date and the social media pages populated. He also prepares the club’s meeting room and runs the projector as members share their photography each month.
- In 1995, Vasquez became aware of the condition. Prognosis was that eventually he would need transplants, treatment at the time specialized contact lenses.
- The disease progressed quickly so that in less than ten years from initial diagnosis, he received his first transplant. The transplants come from organ and tissue donors working the local eye bank.
- 2004 was the first transplant, then in 2010 he received his second.
- 2013 was the year Vasquez found photography and the photography club.
- Birds of Texas calendar
- Standard-Times’ “Your Pict” – page 1A feature
- KLST/KSAN – numerous weather images
- Concho River Review (Angelo State)
- San Angelo Visitor’s Guide
- Facebook pages: Tom Green County Weather, Pictures of San Angelo, Untamed Photography – his personal Facebook photo feature page, Wake the Desert
- Events placed in: San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, finalist for “Visit Alpine Texas” photo contest
- Photos displayed at Community Medical Center hospital and emergency care centers
- Exclusive photography for Kassie Harper realty
Most Improved Photographer
The purpose of the Concho Valley Photography Club is to provide an environment that people can improve their ability to enjoy the hobby of photography. This is accomplished with member-provided networking, encouragement and advice, monthly challenges, a variety of presentations and programs, field trips and more.
Thompson has gone from a very green novice photographer to an established pro in a few short years. He now operates his own photography sales business and is constantly expanding his abilities by embracing the photo club's "monthly challenge." Thompson has shown he is more than willing to share his knowledge and experience and help another novice while continuing to expand his own capabilities.
Thompson represents what the club is about: learning, sharing, fellowship, and advancing the hobby of photography.
By: JILL COLVIN and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press
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