Holland Photo asked me to participate in their monthly Speaker Series and give a presentation about my career and work. It was a good opportunity to redo my website (welcome to my new website!) and have an open conversation with attendees about what it's like to freelance full time as a photographer and videographer. I had a great time presenting and was grateful for all the insightful questions people had, which always makes talking in front of a crowd of people easier :)
The organization's Six Square Austin's Black Cultural District and Preservation Austin are exhibiting photos of mine from my East Austin Churches project. The opening night is March 3 from 7-10 p.m. and will include an artist Q&A and discussion. Below is a sneak peak of one of the photos being exhibited and a snippet of my artist statement. To learn more and RSVP, visit the Facebook event.
Undoubtedly, churches are a focal point of East Austin's history. As this area of the city undergoes rapid changes to its physical and cultural landscape, the traditional role of churches as the center of community life has shifted. Using medium format film, this project in progress documents the smaller African American churches and congregations in the neighborhood. These churches embody a culture with a vibrant past, a resilient present, and a potentially tenuous future. They contain a rich heritage and perspective that this exhibit hopes to acknowledge and honor.
Since I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, I have always been a huge proponent of public transportation. I even lived in Austin for 8 1/2 years before getting a driver's license! I recently teamed up with Cap Metro as a photographer to collaborate on their Austin Collective project, which highlights the stories of public transit riders through portraits and interviews. I was really excited to be able to work on a project that combined so many of my interests. A few photos and quotes are below. The Austin Collective will be exhibiting photos from the project during East Austin Studio Tour at 507 Calles Street, and I will be participating in a panel discussion about the project in the same location on November 12, from 4-5 PM.
“I don’t think about stopping, but I know there’s going to be a time. It’s probably going to be due to injury. I expect to get hurt in a way where I really can’t recover well enough to play again. I’m going to hate it. I just like the competition and the game itself. So I’ll be very unhappy. But I’ve got the gym. I can continue going to the gym and getting exercise that way. But it’ll be a sad day.” - Abe
“I have children. They’re my world and everything I do is for them. I’ve had employment to where I had to catch the bus two hours to work, two hours home. It wasn’t a good paying job, but I had to do it. My children are my biggest job. Just to better myself in any area.” - Jason
“I’m sort of a pessimistic optimist. Things are going to get bad in the next twenty or thirty years, but at some point we’re going to be able to turn it around. Once we have more solar panels, we change our lifestyles, and we use less resources. I think we can do it.” - Pedro
“I was at an emoji-themed birthday party and they wanted the poop emoji all over their face. The whole face as a poop emoji. They made that decision and I was like, ‘alright, we can do that. I mean, your parents might be upset with me later on, but it was you that picked this.’ They loved it. I gave them glitter and everything. They were happy.” - Ruth
“I specifically want to work in gene therapy. You see a gene and it’s messed up, and because it’s messed up it’s causing some kind of neurological or biological problem. If you can go in and fix the gene somehow, then the problem is solved. I think if we could do that for Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s or other degenerative diseases then that would be the best thing.” - Victoria
“I started taking the bus and trying to ride my bike and do all that after five years of commuting to Texas State. I was just driving so much and I could tell it was negatively affecting my life. Being stressed out on the road, not having time to do things I needed to for school or for work. Just spending lots of times on the road and feeling frustrated because I was just driving so much.” - Sarah Beth
I'm showing some new work during the East Austin Studio Tour this weekend, alongside some wonderful Austin artists. We're located at Satellite Studios, 1109 Shady Lane.
Though I've lived in Texas for almost a decade, I still feel like an outsider looking in, and the images I'm exhibiting are a slice of that continuous exploration of what looks and feels unfamiliar.
I'll be showing work this year for EAST at Satellite Studios on 1109 Shady Lane. If you're in town, come check it out! Below is one print I'll be showing & selling this year taken at Big Bend National Park.