Flickr Photo of the Month: Sam Houston! [March 2011]

Sam Houston
Sam Houston by Yankee In Texas on Flickr.
Posted here with permission.

There are some amazing photographers that wander the halls of HMNS, and when we’re lucky, they share what they capture in our HMNS Flickr pool. Each month, we share one of these photos here on the blog.

This month, a dramatic image of the Sam Houston statue by Yankee In Texas calls to mind the dramatic exhibition that’s just debuted: Texas! The Exhibition features the events, artifacts and icons of centuries of Texas’ epic history – including many items associated with the big man himself.

The significance of Sam Houston is a point not lost on the photographer. In their words:

I don’t really have much to say about the photo itself. When I took it I was just beginning to learn some of the finer points of art photography. I had given up filling the roll at this point (I still had 5 frames to go on a roll of 30) when I saw the sun just behind the head of Sam Houston. I decided to use this opportunity to try my hand at silhuouette work, so I completed the roll. I was surprised myself at the result.

Houston was one of the founding fathers of Texas, and while he does get credit for his contributions to the founding of Texas, he is often lost in the shadow of William Travis and Stephen F. Austin. Upon reflection, this picture helps give Sam Houston some of the spotlight he deserves in forging a new nation and subsequently the largest state in the United States of America.

Inspired? Most of the Museum’s permanent galleries are open for photography, and we’d love for you to share your shots with us on Flickr, Facebook or Twitter. Check out the HMNS photo policy for guidelines.

Flickr Meetup! Photography is not allowed in the Texas exhibition during general hours – but we will be hosting a special opportunity for Flickr photographers on Sunday, April 10. Get the details.

2 thoughts on “Flickr Photo of the Month: Sam Houston! [March 2011]

  1. I like the picture a lot, the silhouette effect came off real good. I have to be honest I don’t know too much about William Travis. I must of slept thru history class when his name came up. But when I think of great men of Texas, Sam Houston makes the top of my list.

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