Our World – Drawing Inspiration from Jason Lee

Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art is putting on an exhibition of over 150 photographs by Jason Lee. I’d never heard of him before and he got famous as a skateboarder way back when, and then got into movies, and for the last decade and a half has developed quite a reputation as photographer using various film formats.

Philbrook commissioned him to do a series of photographs on Tulsa and Oklahoma. They are his vision of Tulsa and Oklahoma. So when I went to check them out recently I was like, well, okay. His vision is kind of bleak and a lot of shows the disparity between the haves and the havenots here. There a shots of dilapidated buildings with the high rises of corporate Tulsa in the background for example.

There isn’t like one single work that is a showstopper. Its not that kind of exhibition. I think you have to look at the whole work in its entirety. From that vantage the show is outstanding. The thing that really inspired me is that I sensed a confident photographer going about his business shooting photographs of various scenes based on his instincts.

Buffalo 3 on edison street

So, inspired by him, I am trying to figure out what my vision of Oklahoma is and make it more right brained than my analytical side. I found these images of various bison in a rural area of Tulsa. I kind of like them even though I had to park in the driveway of the property and just as I finished up since big loud dog showed up acting like he wanted to bite a piece of my leg off.

Buffalo 2 on edison street

They are colorful, what they mean about Oklahoma, I haven’t figured that out yet. I am just going with it.

Buffalo on Edison Street

What do you think?

Turkey Vulture Osage County

I drove on out of Tulsa into the countryside and came across this Turkey Vulture. I didn’t bother him one bit.


Across the road was a mainline block valve for some sort of liquids pipeline. It needs a little work I think.

So anyway, if you are in the Tulsa area go check out the Jason Lee exhibit at the downtown branch of Philbrook.

I am linking with Our World Tuesday

10 thoughts on “Our World – Drawing Inspiration from Jason Lee

  1. Eileen Wise

    Hello, the art exhibit is nice. I love the bison murals. Neat capture of the vulture. Thanks for hosting Skywatch! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week ahead!

  2. A ShutterBug Explores

    Very impressive photo exhibit ~ but rather like your colorful photos better and the ‘feathered friends’ too ~ Glad the dog didn’t get you!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  3. Driller's Place

    There are several photographers that seem to specialize in a type of street/snapshot/true grit photography. They aren’t interested in creating a work of art so much as creating a mood and capturing the realism of life. Virtually every city has its wealthy and its down and out populations. I would love to spend a little time at this exhibit but I don’t believe we will be in Tulsa anytime soon. I like your images. The one looks like the bison in grazing on the vegetation in front of the panel. Have a blessed week Yogi.

  4. Angie

    Alan – way to try and change up the way you look at the world. And you know what? We often can’t explain why we like something, and that’s when it is usually called ART. So I think you are right on track with the bison, vulture and valve. Rock on!

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