By Mila Besich Lira
Lou Oates, a well known photographer of Superior, has published a book of Superior and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The book is called Images of Superior through the Lens of Lou Oates. Oates has been photographing Superior for 14 years. The 96-page book is mostly photos of Superior with three to four pages dedicated to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Oates explained that over the past 14 years, he has taken more than 10,000 photos of Superior: the buildings, people, landscapes and events. The book has photos of the inside of the Magma Hotel before the first segment fell as well as the original High School. While many of his photos are seen in several local businesses, the book features many images that have not been seen publicly. The book is not just focused on buildings or landscapes – many local residents, several of whom have passed away are included in the book.
Oates found Superior after moving to the Mesa area. He had been a photographer for sometime and was looking for an interesting place to photograph. He chose Superior after driving through Superior and meeting Lynn Heglie back when he was the President of the Chamber of Commerce.
“Superior has been a great place to photograph, as well as make friends,” he said.
Porter’s Cafe will be hosting a book signing on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.
The book retails for $29.95. If you can’t make the book signing, you can pick up a copy of the book at the Copper Gecko or order a book from the Rolling Rock Gallery.