PhotoQuest 2016 Winners & the Lee Glenn Bailey Award

LEE GLENN BATLEY

By Teri Valentine

 

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Lee Glenn Batley was born in Abilene, Texas on January 20, 1925. He spent his childhood farming with his parents there in Taylor County. After enduring the Great Depression on the farm, they decided to move to Corpus Christi where Glenn graduated High School. It was also there that he first gained exposure to the darkroom and blueprinting processes at a company his uncle, Mickey Benton, had invested in called Nixon Blueprint.

 

Like many young men, at the time, he joined the Army after high school. When he had completed his basic and advanced individual training, his parents received a letter stating that their son was at an undisclosed location in service of his country. What they would learn at a later date, was that he had been assigned to Los Alamos, NM with the Manhattan Project. His duties included photographic documentation and darkroom processing.

 

It was during his time at Los Alamos that he was introduced to Alice Parman by one of his coworkers. After the war was over and his tour of duty complete, he and Alice were married in Tucumcari, NM. He then moved, with his new bride, back to Corpus Christi. He went to work full time at Nixon Blueprint along-side his uncle and his parents, Pid and Lee Batley. Here he continued his photography and darkroom work, developing talent in phototypesetting, offset printing and silk screening.

 

 

In 1949, the Haloid Company introduced the first commercial xerographic copier, the Xerox Model A. Wanting to keep their company abreast of all that was up and coming, Glenn traveled to New York to study the refined use of xerography so it could be applied back home.

 

He continued working for the family business until, in 1958, he found and purchased a little corner of heaven on Turtle Creek in the Texas Hill Country. Selling his interest in Nixon and getting back to his roots, he spent some time enjoying country life. It was a kid’s paradise for his growing family with 60 acres to roam, a creek to swim and fish, horses to ride, and fresh milk, eggs and vegetables.

 

In 1960, he went to work for Mooney Aircraft utilizing his skills in industrial photography and darkroom processing. In 1972, Butler Aviation bought Mooney and stopped production. At that time, Glenn upgraded his own darkroom to included color printing and began freelance commercial photography. When Mooney began production again, he returned until retirement.

 

In April 1996, he passed away, with a legacy of four children who love and admire the art of photography and who will always hold warm memories of Dad with his camera in hand.

 

In honor of Lee Glenn Batley’s memory, the Hill Country Camera Club this year instituted a special award in his name for outstanding darkroom work. This award acknowledges the dedication of those who carry on this pre-digital photography specialty. The 2016 Glenn Batley award winner is Dyana Walker for “Ten Values”.

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PhotoQuest 2016 Photography Winners

 

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Parisian Carousel, Best of Show by Pam Davis

 

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Preston Plus Two by Dyana Walker

First place, Natural Photography

 

 

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Valentine’s at Valentine, Texas by Cynthia Hurayt

Second Place,  Natural Photograph

 

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Aspen Trees by Shari Vahidi

Third Place, Natural Photography

 

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Ten Values by Dyana Walker

Glen Batley Darkroom Award,  Natural Photography

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Taos House by Sara Hendricker

Honorable Mention, Natural Photography

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Beacon in the Night by Charles Dominques

Honorable Mention, Natural Photography

 

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Pals… 2016 by Robin Clark

Special Award, Natural Photography

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Criders on a Saturday Nigh by Deb Johnson

Special Award, Natural Photography

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A Storm in the Gulf by Andy Graham

First Place, Photographic Artwork

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Santiago by Deb Johnson

Second Place, Photographic Artwork

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Ornamental Cabbage by Roger Gorden

Third Place,  Photographic Artwork

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Phalaenopsis Orchid 1 by S J Derby

Honorable Mention, Photographic Artwork

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Window Light by Roger Gorden

Honorable Mention, Photographic Artwork

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Four White Kittens by SJ Derby

Special Award, Photographic Artwork

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No One Lives Here Anymore by Rudi Winzinger

Special Award, Photographic Artwork

Come see PhotoQuest 2016 September 1 – 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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