Location 5, Day 5 - Exploring and Networking

by Mindy Veissid

We departed Galveston, hugging the coastline for as long as possible going through Kemah and then west to Houston. Once in Houston we proceeded to the Project Rowhouses, a block of vintage structures that are now used as studios and display spaces for artists. The houses didn't open until twelve and we were too early, so we did a short walk around the Third Ward neighborhood where the rows of cleaned up and repurposed single shotgun-style buildings are. We then met up with Frazier King, who is a board member at HCP, the Houston Center for Photography, to discuss over lunch the Photographers-Squared project and possible further plans. We then headed over to HCP to get a tour of the facility and see the shows that are now up. 

Hoping to get perhaps a photo or two more for the book, we took a chance and headed to a section of the Houston Shipping Channel. Unfortunately, like many cities, it's difficult to get down to the water and without the correct credentials you can't enter the area. It had been raining on and off since being at HCP, so we rode back to the Project Rowhouses to see the actual installations that by now were open for viewing. 

This is the last blog entry for now, but this is truly not the end.  Both Mindy and I have a lot of editing, writing, printing and mailing to do. I will be developing the last of the rolls from Lewiston as well as what I did this week. We will also be planning for the book's launch and hopefully a second phase where the images may get a chance to tour.  We received word this morning that The Galveston Arts Center is interested in showing the work in 2016 and possibly having a concurrent workshop as well. So there is lots to think about and assuredly, there will be a lot going on and we'll keep you posted! Thanks again for your amazing support and making this happen not just for Mindy and me but for the students, photo enthusiaststs and young/ young-at-heart creative souls around the US and beyond. Extra special thanks to Sheree and Sayaka! Cheers!  RA

I am deeply honored and in gratitude not only for all the support we have received over the past 5 months, but to all the people we have met along the way. This project has been a dream of mine for 7 years, and now, at the close of our last travel day, I find myself a more enriched woman.

I cannot express enough gratitude to Sheree Sanborn for her skills and persistence in contacting and organizing all of our High School, College and adult presentations. Thank you!

Sayaka - thank you for being a trooper driving us around making crazy u-turns for us and stopping on a moments notice when we spot something on the road. You made our last 2 trips so much easier and enjoyable. 

Here are our final iPhone photos and our video.