As a Texas-based writer and photographer, my latest creative endeavor is near and dear:
my Texas homecoming mum project.
Simply put, the project is an exploration of all aspects of this deeply-rooted Texas high school tradition. My intent is go beyond the sheer size and focus on the people who create, sell and wear (or don't wear) homecoming mums. I'm also interested in learning how this tradition has evolved, and continues to evolve, over the years.
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In addition to my own photography, I will be curating a collection of photos submitted by folks from all across the state. In particular, I'm hoping to collect enough photos to create at least one large-scale mixed media art piece. Not to mention a funtastic Instagram feed and inspiration for a book.
Please help me reach my two insane goals for this project:
1. Collect or take at least one photo of students wearing, making or exchanging their mums from every high school (over 3700!) in Texas.
2. Collect mum-related photos from across the decades. Some say this tradition may have roots as far back as the 1910s. Anybody got any old yearbooks?
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Do you have a mum photo to share? Yearbook to loan?
Mum story to tell? I'd love to hear from you:
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Want your photo to be included in my Texas homecoming mum project? Along with your photo, include the first name of each person in the photo, the name of the high school(s) represented, the city of the high school(s), and the year the photo was taken and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!