Neighborhood Gentrification, A Photography Documentary

Neighborhood Gentrification, A Photography Documentary – Part 3

This is a photography documentary that explores how neighborhood gentrification is transforming a Dallas neighborhood called Old East Dallas.

This is a photography documentary that explores how neighborhood gentrification is transforming a Dallas neighborhood called Old East Dallas.

A local resident walking with her dog in her arms

Today’s photos are my favorite so far. I was really excited about these when I saw their prints at the photo lab. I go to Photographique in Deep Ellum in Dallas to buy and develop my film and then I scan them myself. This time I focused on the elements and people of the neighborhood that represented the change instead of any random thing I found interesting.

Some of the things and people I captured this time really reflect what life in Old East Dallas is like. There is an interesting mix of old and new all around because of the neighborhood gentrification. I especially enjoyed photographing the people I met, they were all very kind and open to me photographing them which I really appreciate.

Cell towers are scattered all over the neighborhood.

An interesting sign asking for help to find lost bunnies:

Someone left their belongings in a vacant lot.

Broken glass completely covers the ground around this dumpster

3800 Ross is an old gas station and used car lot that now sits abandoned.

The demo of an apartment building where low-income people used to live:

There is discarded furniture all over the place.

The photo below is of a former popular spot for homeless people to sleep and do drugs.

Portraits of a local resident who worked at a nearby junkyard:

Neighborhood Gentrification, A Photo Documentary

This photo documentary has been exploring neighborhood gentrification in Old East Dallas on medium format film since 2016. You can see the best of this series in this gallery.

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Matthew T Rader