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

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

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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