The watermark to the right is the single picture we have of my Great-Great-Great Grandfather, H.W. Lawhead – a photographer like myself. Although the rest of the modern pictures on this site are mine, the historical pictures are his, taken of his family – my ancestors. A photographer from 1850-1885, at the absolute infancy of this art form, H.W. Lawhead was a fine example of the portrait pioneers of his time. (This is his first showing in the 21st century and I am sure he is excited!). Working out of his north-light studio in Ornaga Ill., he documented his family, their activities and the people of his small town. 150 years later, I do the same, but I also get to do things photographically that he couldn’t have dreamed of.
Great-Great-Great Grandfather H.W.Lawhead, circa 1855