American screen legend Steve McQueen was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, but spent much of his early childhood in Slater, Missouri. On March 24, 2007, the town of Slater honored McQueen’s legacy during its first annual “Steve McQueen Day.” I documented the occasion for my event photography portfolio. Steve’s widow, Barbara McQueen, and author Marshall Terrill were there doing a book signing for their book entitled Steve McQueen: The Last Mile.

Afterward, I became friends with Marshall when he asked me to use some of my photography work for his 2010 book entitled Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool. In 2020, Marshall published a third book about McQueen entitled Steve McQueen: In His Own Words. He used two of my photos of Slater at the beginning of the publication. I’m honored that Marshall has used my photography in two of his books on McQueen. I’m also honored to call Marshall a friend and a colleague.

The photo above appears on page 14 of Steve McQueen: In His Own WordsIt’s a picture of the railroad yard in Slater, Missouri at twilight, taken in 2010. I shot the image in aperture mode at ƒ/5.6 with a 15-second exposure at ISO 640 with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera paired with a Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens. The photo was processed with Adobe Lightroom CC.

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