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Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary Part 8

This is part 8 of a series that explores Old East Dallas gentrification and how it has been transforming the small Dallas neighborhood.

April had a lot of overcast days. I usually prefer to shoot on sunny days because I love getting the blue sky and stark shadows in my photos. I didn’t want to keep delaying going out for another day of shooting. So I went out despite the fact it was cloudy outside. Thankfully, it didn’t rain. I went out again a couple of days later when there was some beautiful sunlight and blue skies.

During my recent walks here in Dallas, I started focusing more on the homes. That’s where some of the most dramatic changes were happening. I would see old houses disappear and be replaced with rows of townhouses almost every week. I made sure to start incorporating that process more into my project.

I still feel that I’m struggling to get a solid coherency to these photos. When I look at them all after I develop them, they all seem slightly hodgepodge to me though they are all taken in the same area.

Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary
Old East Dallas gentrification

Scenes like this were crazy to me. I could not imagine what it’s like to have your next-door neighbor’s house torn down and replaced with a strip of expensive townhouses. It completely transforms a familiar place into a foreign place.

Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary
Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary
Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary
Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary
Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary
Old East Dallas gentrification
Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary

Old East Dallas Gentrification Photo Documentary

A 5-year photo documentary exploring the 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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