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Mr. Holga’s Time Lapse Video of Big Tex

Mr. Holga, our walkabout photographer, has completed his time lapse video of Big Tex being lifted into place at the State Fair of Texas. This year he photographed the complete installation from the lifting to the boots.

Mr. Holga photographed Big Tex being lifted into place at Big Tex Circle on Monday, September 24, 2012. It was 90 plus degrees at about 10 a.m. with an extra ten degrees for all the concrete. There were lots of school children sitting on the hot ground and numerous reporters filming the same thing they got last year.

This video is an improvement over last year’s video. It captures the whole process of lifting, securing, unhooking and dressing.

See Time Lapse of Big Tex Being Lifted into Place at the State Fair of Texas (Sept. 30, 2011).

“One photograph may be worth a thousand words, but a thousand photographs are really cool when you put them all together,” said Mr. Holga.

Actually, it was 4,387 photographs captured by a Nikon D7000. Mr. Holga uses a remote timer and a tripod to capture one shot per second. The whole process took 38 minutes but the video is only 2 minutes and 46 seconds long.

“The beauty of time lapse photography is being able to see things that would otherwise be missed. The clouds gently roll by and a bird darts through the scene. The workers try to put Big Tex’s left boot on his right leg. And the Texas Star is being tested in the background. All of this would have been missed by a single shot.” said Mr. Holga.

 Mr. Holga

Mr. Holga is the walkabout photographer for Dallas Art News. He specializes in using Holga cameras, otherwise known as toy or plastic cameras. Mr. Holga is currently working on a Kennedy book project titled Death by Holga: 11.22.63. The book is Mr. Holga’s journey to find the people, places and things associated with the Kennedy assassination. Death by Holga will be out in time for the 50th anniversary.

Mr. Holga can be found online at He is also on Facebook at or Twitter at And if that isn’t enough, he can be found on Tumblr at Cheers.

Update – October 19, 2012

It’s not every day you get to see Big Tex hoisted into place. It’s not every lifetime you get to see Big Tex burned to the ground. Big Tex caught fire today. There is nothing left but the steel form. Photos and video coming soon.

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