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Almost 3 years ago we made the move 20 miles south from Frisco to Dallas. We did this for a long list of reasons, but primarily for the culture. We wanted to be closer to the Arts and Design Districts – and Deep Ellum. Places where creative people congregate. We also like the feel of Dallas in general. We feel like we belong here. In North Dallas we are 15 minutes from almost anything we are interested in and we don’t need toll roads to get there. Surface streets provide excellent, swift access.
For about 10 years now, I have been capturing Texas in all its glory. The minutiae is what fascinates me the most, as is evidenced in my first coffee table book, Texas As I See it. Dallas, on the other hand, does everything on a bigger-than-life scale. As a result, the Dallas skyline was awarded Best International Skyline status in a USA Today poll. And it just keeps getting better as more and more structures add dramatic computer controlled lighting. The addition of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and the completion of the Omni Hotel were the defining moments in the evolution of the skyline in my opinion.
On various occasions since 2010 I have captured this amazing skyline. In 2013 I had a commission to create a backdrop for KTXD TV in Dallas. The concept was a composite Dallas / Fort Worth Skyline, which ended up being a 15 hour editing project after capturing new images around midnight on two different nights. The result is a 204 inch wide sunrise skyline with the Texas Flag ghosted into it.
During this process I also created individual skylines of each city and produced a highly idealized version of the Dallas skyline complete with the Supermoon from 2013. Since then I have re-shot the ever-evolving cityscape of Dallas on several occasions. Naturally, whenever there is a Supermoon, going out to re-shoot is a good idea, as there is no better backdrop for this celestial event than Dallas.
This year I went out to capture the Beaver Moon over the skyline along with several hundred other amateur and professional photographers. The results were fairly dramatic, but the view from the levee does not provide a complete cityscape. Some crucial elements get left out – like the Omni Hotel.
The image below has become very popular in recent months. This is the origin of the combination skyline and I had completely forgotten about it. During an art show where I was exhibiting Oz, a client requested a night sky cityscape. I looked through my Facebook gallery and resurrected this one. As a result I have printed, delivered and installed several of these recently. The largest one measures 86″ wide by 40″ high and is installed in an office building in Dallas.
I do all printing and framing in-house with the exception of aluminum and acrylic prints. These I outsource.
This image is coming in next week (30×45) on aluminum for Northwestern Mutual in Dallas. It was shot in 2015 when the Trinity River was flooded during an interview with the Dallas Observer:
You can see the entire Cityscapes Gallery on my website as well. This includes Fort Worth, NYC and International locations.
2014 has been a year of change, growth and challenges for us – and likely for you, too.
Relocating to Dallas this last February was exactly the right thing for us to do, as we really needed to be closer to the Arts District, Deep Ellum and some actual culture. We got all that and more! We love it here. It did take over 6 months to get all the upgrades and additions in place, but once it was finished, we had exactly the home we wanted in exactly the place we wanted. And the cats love the new digs. They now have lots of windows with an abundance of critters to entertain them.
We hope you have had as exciting and rewarding a year as we have and look forward to working with you in 2015 on any creative endeavors you have in store for the coming year.
We’ve been having a lot of fun with Winston, our very angry baby Mockingbird (the Texas state bird) and he is the one thing we really miss. He’s still in Frisco, so if you see him around, please tell him we are in North Dallas. Tell him to just ask the local critters where the daily buffet is. We feed them all.
And Calendars. Yep. We have 2015 Calendars in a number of themes just in time for the New Year.
For those not intimately familiar with the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, it is located in the Deep Ellum entertainment district of Dallas, where six blocks of Main Street are transformed into one enormous street festival featuring 200 juried artists, 100 bands on 5 different stages — and 30 restaurants.
This will be our first year exhibiting at Deep Ellum and our new booth is loaded with examples of some of my finest – and newest creations.
Naturally we will have work from my book on Texas. But we will be exhibiting, the new Vortex series, and for the first time, some of the recently-introduced Tr?Z collection and NYC images.
So come on down and enjoy this perfect Spring weekend.
We are in booth 184, near the Good Latimer end of the festival.
Exhibitor Area Hours:
Friday, April 6, 2012 • 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.*
Saturday, April 7, 2012 • 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m*.
Sunday, April 8, 2012 (Easter) • 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*Note the Festival will remain open until 10:30p.m. around the entertainment stages and we will be there as late as people want to purchase our wares.