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Photo Adventure with LupePhoto – Part 1

Technicolor Dreamcoat

I may live in Austin but my heart will always love Houston. The city bursts with diversity and dreamers cultivating a modern-day renaissance driven by millennials. Parking garages and abandon buildings provide gateways to hidden views locals never knew they had. Earlier this year, I had the honor of meeting LupePhoto, an IG visionary whose angles, lighting, and subjects captivated my attention. Lupe is a self-taught photographer who has been shooting the people of Houston since 2012. Our photo adventure took us to the center of Houston’s creative core, Montrose.

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zenFollow LupePhoto on InstaGram. Stay tuned for part 2…

 

 

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Photo Adventure with Photo.Jay

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Walt Whitman once said, “STRANGER! if you, passing, meet me, and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?” Social media has transformed a world of strangers into a community of creatives sharing a platform of self-expression. News feeds and social media streams have become art galleries featuring the world’s brightest talents.

Once strangers now friends, I came across Photo.Jay’s IG and was instantly drawn to his unique angles and breathtaking views of the city. Jay leaves no rooftop unexplored as he photographs Austin’s luminous skyline. He doesn’t shoot for a living, yet, but I have no doubt that this self-taught photographer will someday make his passion his career.

Follow Jay on IG: Photo.Jay

Want to get a group together and go on a photo adventure? DM me at SaritaTheresa.

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HOPE Outdoor Gallery

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Only a few years ago, HOPE Outdoor Gallery (HOG) was nonexistent. Deteriorating concrete slabs, remnants of condemned condos, topped the Castle Hill property overlooking Lamar. Visionaries and the generosity of property owners transformed the 1.25 acre lot into a creative wonderland. The Austin Chronicle put it best describing HOG as “a local treasure, an open secret, and a destination for tourists who’ve seen stunning images of the gallery on Facebook and Instagram.”

Once upon a time, I was one of those tourist. Still living in Houston, my first visit to HOG was back in August 2014. I day-tripped to Austin for a job interview that ended in utter disappointed. With a crushed spirit, I made it a point to stop at the graffiti park before my two-and-a-half hour drive back to Houston. I had seen magnificent images of HOG on Instagram, and as its name suggests, I had hope it would lift my mood. As soon as I drove up the steep hill on W. 10th Street, my eyes caught sight of the artistic wonder, even grander than I imagined. All negative thoughts began to dissipate. In my high-heels and interview dress, I climbed a few concrete slabs and stumbled upon a fated painted message that read Don’t Worry, Be Happy:). I smiled from ear to ear. For that moment, life’s stresses were abandoned and the entire day was salvaged.

Months later, I landed a dream job that brought me back to Austin, a city I knew I belonged. Today, I frequent HOG regularly as new surprises and masterpieces greet me at every visit. No composition stays more than a few days. HOG reminds me, just as its art is fleeting, so are life’s disappoints and troubles.