Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why Take That Photo?

I'm in the process of writing a photography book about "Why Take That Photo?" It won't be technical but heart full. I've never had any lessons or classes, but have attended three DeWitt Jones seminars. He writes in Outdoor Photography. From years of reading him I've developed a "Why" that guides me. As I progress I'll post some of it for your review.

Have sent out many photos to family, friends, fellow photographers, and artists for their choice. There'll be twenty photos with a story about each photo.

It'll be "self published" and I'm looking forward to the adventure. Hope you'll follow along with me as I learned more about self publishing and complete the process.

In the love of photography, I am....John John Madden Photography

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Up and at em! Pow wow photos taken on May 15th

A photo taken by Judy, of my good friend (Kenneth - KP- Poole) and I at
the Comanche Little Ponies Pow Wow, in Lawton, OK, May 7, 2011 in Lawton, OK.

KP is wearing the black baseball cap and there is a young man between us.

We are Gourd Dancers ( http://library.thinkquest.org/3081/gourd.htm )

My first outing since surgery last year.

The black shoulder strap is for a "wound vac" that helps heal from

It was a good weekend.



I'm still here!

Hello from the depths of my Heart,

Pre surgery photos at the Kwahadi Kiva, Sept. 2010, Amarillo, TX.

I'm a Gourd Dancer and so very Proud to still being one.

Thanks to so many and their prayers I'm Still Kicking n Raising Hell!

Life IS GOOD !


Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

The old give way to the young. New thoughts sprout from fertile ground.

While the New Year beckons us with many promises, don't forget to give the old year its due.

Learn from past mistakes and carry the lessons of time with you.

This year resolve to laugh more, love more, forgive more, friend more and learn more.

May 2011 be your best year yet!

Friday, December 11, 2009


The name of this photo is: Resurrection.

Look at the telephone poles and they look like crosses that were used to crucify people (Jesus) in Roman times.

You have to be crazy to photograph lightening!

Crazy; pure crazy that's me.

It's a rush and a challenge that fills every cell in my photographic-artisitc fiber.

Don't do this without knowing that Mother Nature is very unforgiving when you get to close to or cross her line.

It was taken just north of Denver City, Texas. It's an oil town with tons and I do mean tons of metal. So lightening walks around there with ease.

John Madden


Two Outstanding Entertainers

I've been fortunate to photograph George Strait twice. This one was taken at a concert at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Here I was with a press pass and could only shoot the first two songs. Ushered in, told where to stand, when to leave and ushered out.

Funny things: Anyone who had tickets could walk up, stand where they wanted, take as many pictures as they wanted and I had two songs.

On top of that my wife, Judy and granddaughter Sydney, had tickets. Well, I figured if I'm going to be photographing him, I won't need a ticket. Wrong!

After the two songs I listened from the foyer and waited for the "two hour" concert to be over.

They loved the whole thing.

Still It was a great experience.

Second time was for when he was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.

He didn't sing, but I go stay for the whole thing, including supper.

He's Number One no matter how you count. I love his music. respect him, admire him and one of these days...who knows might get to say Hello, my name is John Madden.

John Denver was an Air Force Brat, like me. He went to Texas Tech, like a lot of my family and money. He's always been and always will be one of favorite entertainers.

I was an artist at Michael Martins Westfest at Copper Mountain, Colorado and had a press/backstage pass. All of a sudden there he was. I was so taken back I forgot to raise my camera and capture the moment for several minutes.

He stood there talking to some of his people and I could have reached out and touched him.

As he always said...FAR OUT!

His memory and music live forever.

This fan, me, enjoyed/enjoys every song, movie, TV show and what he stood for.

John Madden


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sunset on 18th hole

Late in the day, 18th hole at the Comanche Trail Golf Course, Amarillo, Texas.

Night was upon us, but this sunset was more important at the moment.

Buy this print.