Part of the fun of photographing Houston is I feel like I am playing a small part in documenting the changes in the neighborhoods of the city. Admittedly,some of the changes I’ve seen seem to destroy the culture and history of some neighborhoods and replacing charming buildings with cookie cutter apartments and condos with the yoga studio and sushi bar on the first floor; however, the East End seems to be doing a good job of balancing the culture of the neighborhood while transforming it into a modern and vibrant residential area.
About 3 years ago, I heard about the Esplanade at Navigation and decided to take a few photographs of it. I really wasn’t sure what to make of it and whether the Esplanade would be used or just sit empty . Fortunately, it’s doing very well with “Evenings on the Esplanade” events like last night’s Umbrellas Over the Esplanade installation. Actually, this was more of a public participation in helping paint the umbrellas so I may have to go back to photograph the actual installation but it was still a great way to spend a Friday evening after a week of 100 degree day time temperatures!
After getting paint on my camera bag and shoes on a previous event, I learned my lesson and only photograph other people painting.
Shoutout to Bare Bakery