RIP (and Happy Birthday) Merle Haggard.
In the ‘90s I did one of my favorite portraits ever of a undisputed giant of country music, or hell, music in general… and definitely one of my favorites.
Here’s my photo of him, shot on a 4x5 camera at dusk, outside against the white wall of a building in Temecula, CA… 5 second exposure. I’ve had blinkers, fidgeters, and slouchers but I always remember how rock solid and unblinking Merle was, like granite. A minor thing to mention compared to his singing and songwriting, but I thought for sure he’d a been a blinker.
There was a kid’s Big Wheel tricycle sitting nearby for some reason… and buried in my archives I have a photo of him sitting on it. That’s the photo.
Photo © Jim Herrington