He ain’t Kinky, he’s my governor.

That’s one of the slogans of the Kinky Friedman campaign (Friedman is running for governor of Texas). I stopped in at the Blanco Ballroom tonight to make some photos at a function Kinky was attending. It was a birthday celebration for Little Joe of Little Joe y la Familia, a legendary tejano group.

After talking to some of the people working on the campaign, most of my time was spent waiting and watching people dance to the opening band. I had to make a photo of this old guy. I can’t pass up people with character.

Viejito de la Musica
Old Man of the Music
Canon EOS 20D; Canon EF 70-200 L IS

After a while, one of Kinky’s campaign people tapped me on the shoulder and told me that Kinky was outside, so I went out to find him and Little Joe, with their entourage, walking into one of the tour buses. They wouldn’t let anyone on with them, including the video crew making a documentary of the campaign, and even one of Kinky’s own people was kept off the bus. I imagine this was because there was some kind of Private Activity going on (it was Little Joe’s bus). So, I waited.

After about fifteen minutes, they came off, Kinky stepping out of the bus first. He saw the video crew, whom he knew, and then looked at me, whom he did not know. He asked who I was, and then shook my hand and continued on inside the building.

Kinky Entrance

He didn’t speak for long, which was no surprise. He was just there as a booster, really. An inspirational word between bands, which was was all that was required. The people who were there came to hear music, not some political speech, and Kinky obviously knew that.

Kinky Friedman Speaking

Kinky Close-up

Kinky Smile

He didn’t talk about issues, or any political crap like that. He just got on stage and threw out some witty colloquialisms, which was exactly what the situation called for, and nothing more.

Then he walked off the stage and made his way over to a table to sign some autographs.

Kinky Stage Right

Kinky Hat Tip

Kinky Cigar

Then it was time to go. I had my shot, and a few more, so I was satisfied. Besides, I hadn’t eaten since noon, so the Bürgerlust was starting to set in.

I’m tentatively scheduled to shoot Kinky again on election night, Nov. 7, in Austin. He may not be the best qualified candidate for governor, but IMO that’s not a bad thing. The last thing we need is another politician. One thing is certain, however: Kinky is definitely the candidate with the most character, and that always makes for the best photos.

Mahalo.

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~ by peakaction on October 15, 2006.

One Response to “He ain’t Kinky, he’s my governor.”

  1. nice series. who’s this Kinky guy? the name rings a bell…

    looks like quite a character.

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