Looks Like He Made It! - stick

The 573 area is blessed to be home to a variety of different types of interesting entrepreneurs, beautiful places, and impressive artists with exceptional talent and amazing drive. Today we get to explore all of those things as we travel to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri to meet up with Larry Braun—a local artist whose photo of the Mississippi was recently selected to be a US Postal Service stamp.


A retired chemist living in Benton, Missouri, Larry Braun has spent the last several years falling in love with photography, art, and the local landscape. It is one heck of an accomplishment. Just goes to show ya that what we always say is true—find your passion, and success will follow.

...Larry Braun—a local artist whose photo of the Mississippi was recently selected to be a US Postal Service stamp.
...Larry Braun has spent the last several years falling in love with photography...

We met up with Larry at the Moses Austin Park in Ste. Genevieve to watch him work. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny March afternoon. Perfect for walking and talking, so we took a stroll across the footbridge and over to the Green Tree Tavern to make some pics.


The Green Tree Tavern is the oldest verified vertical log building in Ste. Genevieve. Officially dated to 1790...


Larry uses a Canon camera and lens and Photoshop for retouching and digital manipulation. (You can see his work in the slideshow at the bottom of this story.)


The French history and architecture of Missouri is quite fascinating. Ste. Genevieve National Historic Park Visitor Center gives an inside peek into the French colonial architecture found throughout town.

When I got out of the Navy, I went to college and got a degree and kind of put photography on a shelf for a while. It was just something to do, but it wasn’t a career. I didn’t think it was something I could make a living at, so I got a degree in chemistry.

573: Tell us about your stamp image.


Larry: I mean it’s amazing. I put that piece on my website and it set there for years. Then I get a call out of nowhere from this graphic arts company that works for the US Postal Service, designing stamps. They found it on flicker and called me up to make sure I took the photo and had the rights to it, and once that got all straightened out they wanted to use it in their Mississippi River Collection.


Then I get a call out of nowhere from this graphic arts company that works for the US Postal Service, designing stamps.

573: How did you get into photography?


Larry: When I was in the Navy one of the first things I bought was a camera. I don’t know why, I just did. I got a nice professional grade canon F1 which was a top-of-the-line DSLR at the time. I think that today what I do is called street photography. I go on into town and just take pictures. I shoot what I see, the people, the scenes, the buildings…just about whatever interests me.



I didn’t really know anything about photography when I started. I just got my camera and started shooting, not knowing the difference between landscapes, inception, documentary, or you know, all the different types of photography there is. I didn’t know anything. I just started shooting and I kept doing it. That was in the Navy.



When I got out of the Navy, I went to college and got a degree and kind of put photography on a shelf for a while. It was just something to do, but it wasn’t a career. I didn’t think it was something I could make