Scenes Around Jackson Photoblog

First Post of 2013!

Posted in 2013, Color, Digital, Fashion, Film by William Patrick Butler on February 21, 2013

Happy 2nd month of the New Year everybody!

why so long before making a new post for 2013?  well, i wanted the first post of the new year to be the announcement of my recently updated, redesigned, and overhauled professional website!

and now that time has come!

so, if you haven’t already, please check out the all new!

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i have big things planned for 2013 and this is just the start!


have a good one everybody!

see ya next post!


[From The Archives] 1998

Posted in black and white, Film, From The Archives, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on May 30, 2012

it’s time to, once again, warm up the ole flux-capacitor and hop in the TARDIS and take a journey back to my past.

in 1998 i was still living in memphis, finishing up my first semester at the Memphis College of Art and getting ready to start my second year there.

like my 1997 post, the majority of these photos have never been seen before, by anyone but me.

so let’s check out what 21 year old Pat and his friends were up to in 1998!



Posted in 2012, black and white, Film, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on May 3, 2012


80 pages of portraiture photographs and writings about my roadtrip across America.

every photo was taken with my Rolleiflex 2.8D and black and white film.

the always wonderful Katie West was even kind enough to write me a two page introduction for it! many thanks katie 🙂

you can buy it and check out a free 15 page preview at this link:

many thanks to everyone who goes to take a look!

Vintage Sara Mac [color film] (8.8.10)

Posted in 2010, Color, Film, model shoot, Photo Post, Vintage Shoots by William Patrick Butler on October 25, 2010

welcome back to the concluding photos of the Vintage Sara Mac series, this time in color medium-format film!

sorry for the long long looooong wait between posts, but, as you probably gathered from the previous [interlude], i’ve been pretty busy these days.  but after i got paid for one of those things i’ve been busy with and i picked up the last two color film rolls i’d dropped off to Deville Camera to get developed, i knew i couldn’t go any longer without posting them and finally having a real update. 🙂

once again, i shot these with the Mamiya RB67 that my friend Joey Miller let me borrow.

i haven’t shot color film in, well, a long long time.  in fact, before i got my DSLR, i only tended to shoot with black/white film.  so i’m actually still getting used to shooting with color film.

anyway, let’s do this!

(dresses were provided by SHESABETTIE! Fine Vintage Clothing and Accessories)

((these were all shot with 120 Fuji pro color film. 400 ISO))


Vintage Sara Mac [black/white film] (8.8.10)

Posted in 2010, black and white, Film, model shoot, Photo Post, Vintage Shoots by William Patrick Butler on August 25, 2010

welcome back to the Vintage Sara Mac series, this time in black and white film! 🙂

i shot all of these using a Mamiya RB67 that my boy Joey Miller has been kind enough to let me use (so be sure to click that link to check out his work!) 🙂

i developed the two black and white rolls last weekend and just got done scanning them all in.  i’ll be dropping off the two color rolls later this week but, odds are, it’s gonna take Deville Camera about two weeks to get those negs back to me.

let’s get to it!

(the two dresses you saw in last week’s post from SHESABETTIE! will make a return in the color rolls)

((all of these were shot on 120 Ilford black/white film. first roll was 50 ISO and the second roll was 400 ISO))


[interlude 07]

Posted in 2010, black and white, Film, interlude, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on August 2, 2010

alrighty guys, i’m gonna go ahead and already call it for this week.

between traveling to memphis tomorrow, being up there for a few days, and then having to get ready for the Storage 24 shoot on Sunday, i just don’t have time to work on a full post this week.

so, an interlude!

my friend Sara Mac is back in town from South Korea and, you guessed it, i’m already working on getting a shoot pulled together for us.

till then, enjoy a few shots from our very first shoot 🙂

i shot all these with my Rolleiflex 2.8d.

this was the moment that sara took one of my all time favorite pictures of me

[The Bedroom Series] Courtney and Rion (2007)

Posted in black and white, Film, Photo Post, The Bedroom Series by William Patrick Butler on July 7, 2010

this is a series i’ve been wanting to post for a long long time (since 2007 to be exact) but i never really could figure out a good place to post them to and i wanted to be sure i had Courtney’s permission to post them since some of the shots could be considered, hmm, i guess a litte risqué?

but here we go, The Bedroom Series

i actually want to do more Bedroom Series in the future.  in fact, that was always the plan.  i just haven’t found the time (or models) to shoot yet.  but keep your eyes peeled.

i shot this entire series in black/white film, with my Canon AE-1 Program camera, with a 50mm prime lens.  since it was at night, and the only light source we had were one or two lights, i was shooting wide open at f/1.8.

ahh, Miles Davis “Blue in Green” from his album Kind of Blue just came up on my youtube shuffle.  perfect music to post to.


[interlude 06]

Posted in 2010, black and white, Film, interlude, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on April 30, 2010

sorry guys

between working on a top secret project with one of my best friends, trying to get the ball rolling on my next big art project, my sister coming home from the weekend, and me getting ready to head to memphis for a shoot early tomorrow morning, this week just got away from me

so, an interlude.

but, next week, some photos i’ve been wanting to post for awhile:

The Bedroom Series

[From The Archives] 1997

Posted in black and white, Film, From The Archives, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on April 22, 2010

i don’t like doing too many [interludes]

esp two back to back!  so, no [interlude] this week!

part of the problem is, i really haven’t been shooting new stuff lately (but that should be changing in the coming weeks. yay!)

so, instead, i figured, why not turn on Ziggy, warm up the ole flux-capacitor, and hop in the Way-Back Machine and take a look at how it all began for me, photo-wise.  most of these shots have never been seen by anyone else before.

it was fall 1997.  i had just moved up to Memphis to start my first semester at the Memphis College of Art.

funny thing was, i was originally an illustration major.  that was the entire reason why i was going there.  but since i’d already taken all the basic core classes during my two years at Hinds Community College back home, and i had all the drawing/illustration classes i was allowed to take already chosen, i was one class short of being a full-time student.  which meant, i wouldn’t get all the financial aid i would need to go.  so!  needed at least one more class to round it out!

and so, on what was really just a whim, i decided to take Intro to Photography.  i knew it was a whim because i didn’t even have a camera!  but a friend of the family, Irvin Williams, actually gave me his old Canon ae-1 Program camera and it had a 50mm lens.

and that’s how it all started.


Front Porch Dancers @ Belhaven College (9.13.09)

Posted in 2009, Behind The Scenes, black and white, Film, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on October 2, 2009

dancers fascinate me.

the way that they turn their bodies into a form of art that’s always moving and each movement has a purpose.

i just think it’s wonderful

so, when i was invited by Jamie Weems to be part of the Mobiles art show i jumped at the chance.

the theme that they asked of the photographers they invited was to show work that showed music and/or dance.

after the art opening there would be a dance performance by the Front Porch Dancers, dancing to live music by Jamie Weems and the Strange Pilgrams.

as i’ve mentioned before, i’m a big fan of Annie Leibovitz‘s work, esp the work she did when she documented three weeks with Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov, photographing them and their dancers as they worked to constuct a new show.

i wanted to do photos like that.  so i contacted Krista and Erin of FPD and asked if it would be possible if i photographed them rehearsing for the performance.

they said sure and after facebooking back and forth for a bit, we finally settled on a day.

and so, on a sunday afternoon in september i made my way up to the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center on the campus of Belhaven College to get to shooting

Front Porch Dancers (9.13.09) (29 of 66)

“Dancers are the athletes of God.”