One day I found dozens of SOTM photos in my inbox. Immediately I thought I’d been spammed, but it turned out that all the emails were genuine. They’d been sent in by two young Americans, Caitie Quezada and Amber Willis from a little town in north Texas. I’ll let Caitie explain their story, and keep an eye out for their work on the site.
“I live in the town of Fritch. Part of why i enjoy the pictures on your site is because, like you mentioned, they are a world away from the one i live here too. I often wonder, “what if i was born there? would i be the same person?” I plan on going to our local college, in Borger for two years (starting this fall) for an associates degree in the study of arts, however it doesnt offer a degree in photography. So from there i would like to attend a bigger school for a photography degree. I cant imagine doing anything else with my life, because nothing else makes me happier than capturing moments, that catch my eye, for others to share. I suppose I see the world differently than most people.. as a young teen i was always searching for a way to share myself with the world, and i finally found it
“One of my really good friends, Amber, loves photography too (I met her in photo class) and so we’re always going out and doing photo shoots together. I told her about your website, and she too, fell in love. We picked a day we were both free and were going to take several sotm photos, but just of us. It turned into a full-blown scavenger hunt around town for friends and family that would like to join.
“As we drove around the small town of Borger, we also found my cousin, Tyler Reno, working on his car. which i thought would make a neat setting. He gave us his quote, which he was told one time when trying to fix his car. When we ran out of people we knew (neither Amber, nor I are extremely social) we came back to the town of Fritch, which is only about 15 minutes away from Borger. The two towns are practically inter-changeable. Everyone knows Everyone here!! We went to the only grocery store in town, and asked people to join.
“However Nuuanu Odell was the only one willing to participate. She’s really out-spoken and honest, and when i asked if she was embarrased about posing, she laughed, and stated, “Who?! Me??!” We then went to one of the 4 gas stations in town, “Big Taylor’s” as everyone calls it. This is like a “meeting place” for kids, to found out what’s happenin’ and where it’s goin’ down! We met our friend, Josh Leathers, there (the ‘cuz i like to party’ guy) and he was eager to help. He knows (and is friends with) EVERYONE in town and so he called up a few friends to meet us. Hillary, Shelby, and Rhianna thought the idea was awesome, and were a lot of help. Honestly, what we came up with was a lot of small town humor. Fritch has a population of about 4,000 people, and is located in the heart of the Tx Panhandle. (so we have a lot of rednecks here!!) But also, people really grow as individuals because of the small population. Amber and I (my name is Caitie Quezada) plan on taking more sotm photos of friends, and also of ourselves.
“Thank you for creating “someone once told me”. It’s extremely inspiring, and gives a small town-southern girl like me something to do!!!! :)”