Don Hudson


This is the second photograph that was voted as photo of the month for December by Burn My Eye members and is by Don Hudson. If you follow this thread you will probably remember that there was a tie between Don and Gustavo Minas whose image was featured last week. It’s an old photograph but Don unearthed it from his archives only recently.

“In the Summer of 1978 my wife and I moved to the small town of South Lyon, about 15 miles from Ann Arbor Michigan where we both worked. That Fall I noticed a lot of banners, window paintings, and other decorations supporting the local High School football team going up around town. Curious about the fervor suggested by the decorations, I went to the Friday night game. Liking what I experienced, I wound up shooting at my hometown games and at other games in towns around me for four seasons. My rig, a rangefinder camera with a wide angle and strobe, was not the typical sports photographer's set-up. And I wasn't interested in "documenting " the events as much as I was curious about photographing in such an atmosphere of heightened social energy and under weird (for me) lighting conditions. I became addicted to the quest to find pictures that transformed this experience. Recently, I have been revisiting these pictures made nearly 40 years ago, and this is one example made in 1980”.

By Don Hudson


Saline, Michigan 1978 - In 1978 my wife and I bought our first house in the small town of South Lyon, Michigan, about 15 miles north of Ann Arbor where we worked, and thus began my photographic exploration of the culture and events in my new town, and other small towns around Ann Arbor. Both South Lyon and Saline, a town south of Ann Arbor, were considered "horse towns", with many farms dedicated to breeding and training horses for the racing venues in southeastern Michigan and equestrian teams at the schools. For two years 1978-79 I photographed at the rodeos and horse shows in the two towns. I've posted some of those photos on social media over the last few years, but this is one not seen by anyone until just this past month.