A trip with Melissa to get some sunrise photos at the Wichita Mountains.
Susan and I went to see Eddie Izzard in Dallas and he was hilarious.
While visiting my friend Donna in Paris, I knew she worked for the U.S. state department, but I didn’t really know what she did. We were photography friends in New York years before and she was now stationed in France. She was a remarkable host to make her home available to me to visit, but she also asked one night if I’d like to join her for a Christmas party. I said sure and didn’t think much of it. Cut to scene where I am standing in a room full of US Embassy employees at the United States Ambassador to France’s residence.
I climbed the Eiffel Tower while in Paris my last visit in 2009. This was footage I took from the middle platform on the way up to the top.
The view of the Eiffel
After a rough start of my plane being delayed in Oklahoma City due to weather and a long layover in the Detroit airport, followed by a long rough flight to Paris, I managed to not let any stress get the better part of me once I arrived. It used to a lot, but I quickly found my luggage, got some cash out of the ATM, located the info to the bus I needed to catch and eventually found myself feeling a bit relaxed on a bus ride into city center.
I agreed to let me beard grow for the month of November for charity. It was also interesting as moving away from Manhattan back to Oklahoma City, I was wearing a beard that made me look / feel different than my norm. I was happy to shave it off shortly after this photo was taken by © Ray Hatfield
It was just over five years ago that I moved to New York City from Sydney, Australia where I had lived for almost two years. That same week, I discovered Flickr and found a new home for my photography. After a few months of sleeping on an air mattress, our stuff finally arrived from Australia and we began to settle into our new home in the big city. The first few weeks felt like being on vacation, not permanent residence.
Nathan and his mom flew to New York to help me pack everything up and drive the uhaul truck from New York City to Oklahoma City over the next three days. That kid being with me makes this move a lot easier.