Lufkin photographer honors East Texas with pinecone exhibit

Lufkin photographer honors East Texas with pinecone exhibit
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - If you take a look around the Pineywoods, you're bound to see one thing - pinecones. And the local fixture has taken on a new meaning for photographer Sean Dupre as the inspiration for his new exhibit.

"I've always wanted to do something specific to East Texas because this is where I grew up, and this is my home," said Sean Dupre, a photographer.

But he needed something unique to the area.

"For the past decade or so, I've thought about different ways to photograph East Texas, and I've always come back to the pine tree," Dupre said.

And for Dupre, it's more than just a pine tree, and its cones; it's what they symbolize.

"I think everyone in East Texas has a special connection to the pine tree. When you're driving home, you start to see those pine trees, and you know that you're back in East Texas," Dupre said.

As for the entire project? It's one that's three years in the making.

"I believe that the artist's work is not complete until it's on view. They've been on my computer for three years, so it's nice to have them on display, have them in the public eye especially here in East Texas," Dupre said.

And at first glance, it may look like he used expensive editing equipment, but that's not the case.

"That's kind of a technique that I stumbled upon, it's not Photoshop, it's all in camera," Dupre said.

It's a technique he's keeping to himself.

The "Time, Space and Place" exhibit is on display through the rest of 2015 at the Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin.

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