The Winter and Spring Street Studios had their fall open house with over 100 studios participating. Farrah Braniff just published her new book, “Moments That Matter”. Her studio is on Spring Street. She is featured in the Houston Chronicle today. Christina is an artist in residence at the Houston Contemporary Craft Center.
This stunning woman has several college degrees and works in the astronomy department at a major university. For kicks she plays the drums in a rock band.
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Fort Worth features Depression Era Architecture and lots of interesting People.
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Photographs made at Houston Gay Pride 2013 in temperatures over 100F with high humidity.
My Interest in Tattoos is Well Known
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Call it Street Art, Call it Fine Art, Call it What You Know Opening Reception
Costumes have become a big part of the art car parade so here are a few more people in costume. The man with the flags keeps them outside his home in the nearby Houston Heights. It seems like I get hazed by those who hate the USA every time I publish a shot of his house.
Coyote Ugly is a chain of bars featuring scantily clad female bartenders who strut around on the solidly constructed bar. They offer body shots where one girl pours tequila into the other’s naval for a customer to drink. The first girl also spits a lime into the customer’s mouth. Some of what went on there was too over the top to show here.
As if Friday night’s insanity wasn’t enough, on Saturday 6th Street was closed off for a street festival and paint covered participants from a color run that morning were wandering around. The bars were open and people were selling beer out of ice filled barrels on the street. [NB, the dizzy rooster girls were asked if it was OK before I started shooting.]
Last night the Winter and Spring Street studios had an open house. There are 90 artist’s studios at Winter Street and about 40 at Spring Street. Both buildings were converted from industrial use. Having a large number of artist’s studios close together creates a critical mass allowing such events. The last two photos are from a week ago at Isabella Court and nearby Diverse Works.
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This is mostly about street photography, but I thought I would show this offbeat coastal scene first.
Because it is so close to Christmas many of the Houston art galleries had an open house on Saturday afternoon instead of in the evening as they usually do. The first four images were captured at the Hardy Nance Studios in the warehouse district North of downtown Houston. April Murphy is shown in front of her whimsical pet paintings. Please like her page “AEM Gallery” on facebook. April says her work is all about happiness. Later there was a performance art show at Lawndale Art Center. Amberry Jam produces and performs in burlesque shows. One of her recent productions is Kiki’s Sordid Sideshow. She is usually in character. You can find many images of her in costume on flickr. Our mermaid was cooling off in a tub of water because it was 80F on this warm December afternoon in the South. The lovely kissing booth girl was fun to chat with, but I did not take her up on the kiss, which would be scored. (First four, D800, Nikon 28mm f/1.8, next four Nikon 50mm f/1.4)
From the opening day of the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival, here are photos of the lovely chainmail (or chain mail) women, girls or wenches, dancing and enjoying the festival. It was a pleasant 75 mile drive from Houston to the fair near Plantersville, Texas. I had a chance to speak with several of those pictured The weather was great with a high of about 80 F. As the weekend theme was Octoberfest, you can bet the taverns were full of costumed revelers guzzling beer. I hope to attend the 2013 festival soon.
These were shot at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville during the fall of 2008. It was my first outing with a then brand new Nikon D300 DSLR. One business there rents chainmail slave girl costumes to the fair attendees. They participate in a parade around the fairgrounds. Later many of the girls will dance on the second floor of the chainmail store.
Several of the dancers are regulars and appear in my photographs from the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival. As the fall nears I look forward to this event, so I thought it was a good time to redo these photos from my archives.
Photographers Traci Matlock and Ashley MacLean appear in the group shot. Notice the tattoos on several of the participants.
This series of images was collected over several weekends during October of 2010. Destiny, owner of Delectable P.I.E.S appears at the Winter Street Studios open house. She was serving delicious cake pops. Also that evening, a pretty gallery sitter with an unusual bird on a wire tattoo on her thigh. Houston artist Wendy Wagner is pictured with her friend Olga at Darke Gallery. Wendy is facing serious health issues, and truly inspires all with her positive attitude and new works on paper. The two ladies are associates who work at Anya Tish Gallery located at 4411 Montrose in Houston. Regina Agu appears while speaking an event at Winter Street. Regina’s work is inspired by her Nigerian heritage. The final two images were shot at the opening party of the Texas Contemporary Art Fair at the George R Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.
All of these images were captured with a Nikon D800 and their sweet 28mm f/1.8 G lens.
The weekend saw the first set of major art gallery openings following our usually uncomfortable summers. The first two images are from Deborah Colton Gallery which showed a series of installations featuring inexpensive plastic objects. In the background is a tent made from clear plastic with many of these objects incorporated into a quilt. One could say it was right out of Family Dollar Store. The final two were shot at M Squared Gallery in the Houston Heights.
Dan Allison, Vanessa Riley and Carolyn Farb recently put on a show of previously unpublished images by British Photographer Derek Riley. Liliana was there taking pictures. This photo was previously shown in color, but converted to B&W recently. Living Stereo is an outdoor mural at Lawndale Art Center and is a collaboration by six Houston artists. The photo of the couple with tattoos was taken at Lawndale as well.
What better time is there to have a tea than on a Sunday afternoon in the excessively warm summer weather of Houston, Texas. This was a performance installation. The visual art of the installation and the performances of many artists weere integrated and dependent upon each other, resulting in a very rich experience, both visually and emotionally. This work was produced by the collaboration of Lisa Chow and Ms. Yet. Live rabbits and other performers rounded out the ensemble. Delicious tea sandwiches, sweet tea vodka and sweets were served.
Art Houston is a coordinated series of gallery openings and open houses right when the weather in Houston is most oppressive, mid July. This year was a bit cooler because of a full week of rain. These images represent my first efforts with Nikon’s fabulous 36 MP D800. This high resolution camera produces stunning results when everything is done right, and miserable results when it is not. I shot these in and around various galleries, although Lawndale Art Center’s huge crowd produced the lion’s share of informal portraits.
Over the Independence Day weekend Reno holds the All-American Barbecue Festival in conjunction with the Firecracker 500 off road race. A booth serving up very tasty BBQ was run by the Silver Legacy Hotel. I highly recommend it if you are planning a stay in Reno. The high plains of Northern Nevada are special, with lots of sunshine, moderate afternoon high temperatures, cool evenings and low humidity. It was very nice in the afternoons when the sun slipped behind the Silver Legacy and Eldorado buildings.
This set of photos was taken at Houston Pride in June of 2012. Houston’s extremely hot weather produces lots of bare skin. Bikinis, shorts and bare midriffs are practically a uniform for this event. Looks like some of the guys were wearing bikinis too. Uninhibited behavior is encouraged by extreme alcohol consumption.
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Santa Fe is a ritzy town at a 7000 foot elevation and near desert terrain surrounding it. Population is only 68,000. It’s the capitol of New Mexico too. There is a central square where people hang out including a teen belly dancer who performs under the watchful eyes of her mother and a bearded character on a three wheeler. I wandered up to nearby Tesuque and further on to Abiquiu and the Ghost Ranch, an area that inspired many of Georgia O’keeffe’s paintings. The food here is based on Mexican cuisine, but the red and green chile sauces are unique to New Mexico. Most buildings are adobe or a simulated adobe sometimes called Santa Fake. Some structures date back to the 17th century. There are also many art galleries. Note that the engine in the rail yard was painted for a movie. It actually belongs to Santa Fe Southern.
These images are of contestants in the 2012 Galveston Beach Swimwear Review. These girls went all out. None of the girls were introduced as professional models and only one out of the 50 contestants when introduced mentioned an interest in modeling. However, I heard many are pin-up models and the organizers keep it quiet. Here they are. They all wore heels which are lovely, but not the best for walking on beach sand.
This set is more edgy than the last because all the girls have visible tattoos, some large and dramatic. One candid street shot of bicyclists is there for good measure.
The 2013 Houston Art Car Parade is scheduled for this Saturday and it is supposed to rain all day, so I chose these from my archives and blogging it just in case the weather is a total disaster.
The Parade takes place on Allen Parkway between the posh mansions of River Oaks and the West boundary of downtown. Here is a collection of girls in off the wall costumes or with over the top behavior, such as the woman in a Farrah Fawcett inspired red malliot, or the girls who were walking around in bikinis and cover ups. When I started to shoot, one opened her cover up to show off her bikini ready body without my asking. Where else will you see Minnie Mouse with a bare midriff?
What is an art car is as hard to explain as what is art, varying from motorized sculpture with no daily transportation value to cars which have been temporarily covered with artistic materials.