I met Matt at some random networking event where he was trying to convince "investors" to "invest" in his product. I use quotes here because I was one of the "investors" and the money that I was to invest was in the form of a few tickets that had been given to me at the door upon entrance to the venue. While talking to Matt about his product, I learned that he was a real, live, breathing, I-do-this-or-a-living, artist.
I hit up Matt because I wanted to take his portrait and photograph him while he worked. It was pretty cool stuff. He even has a tiny assistant that demands payment in the form of milk. Big shout to Mr. Manalo and his son...it was a pleasure.
I had the opportunity to work on a couple of stories about religion here in Texas for The Atlantic. The first was a story about a group of cheerleaders in Kountze who successfully sued for the right to make and display posters and banners with bible scriptures on them. The second was about the Jewish community here in Houston in a neighborhood called Meyerland. I definitely knew of Meyerland but had no idea it was home to Houston's largest Jewish community. I'll let you read the articles here:
Big shout to Emily and Emma from The Atlantic, Keke and Tonya for your time, the Traxlers for letting me wander around your store and Josh and Alicia for allowing me into your home during the Havdalah ceremony!
I met this guy at a car wash in Kountze. His name is Jeremy and he pulled up with a mouth full of gold blasting country music. He showed up to vacuum and wipe down his 1997 Buick. We chopped it up for a bit and then I had to meet the Moffetts at the courthouse. Big shout.
This is Steve Slaton. You might remember him and Pat White wreaking havoc from the backfield at West Virginia University. You might remember him being a 3rd round pick of the Houston Texans in the 2008 NFL Draft. You might remember him playing with the Miami Dolphins and/or the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL...but I doubt it. I definitely remember him being a highly rated running back in a couple of iterations of the EA Sports NCAA Football video games. But that's just me.
Now he's in culinary school, rushing to his new career in the kitchen. The homey Joey LoMonaco of The Dominion Post came to Houston to do a story on Mr. Slaton who is currently working at Underbelly, one of the dopest restaurants in town. You should give it a read, here. Shout out to an empty Underbelly. It makes shooting there muuuuuuch easier.
Ahead of the 10th Republican primary debate of the 2016 presidential election cycle, Ted Cruz made a pit stop at Mach Industrial Group here in Houston. He was introduced and endorsed by current Texas Governor Greg Abbott and embraced by hundreds of TrusTed sign holding supporters. There were lights, cameras, Secret Service and not much action. There were boos at the mention of "our current president" and cheers at the invocation of The Alamo. Then there was me, taking pictures and being quiet.
I've always thought of Dobie High School athletics as the Little Longhorns because they have an eerily similar resemblance to Austin's professional sports teams. I finally saw them in real life play and win a playoff basketball game against Hightower. Both Hightower and Dobie are currently out of the playoffs but Dobie made it to the regional final while being the 4th best team in their district. In other words, they weren't supposed to be there.
Atascocita boys basketball is ranked 5th in the country according to this USA Today national ranking. But I hesitate to call them the best team in Texas because at the moment that this is published, they have yet to play their semi-final game against Sam Houston in the state tournament. Last week, I photographed Atascocita's win over Klein Forest to advance to the regional semi-finals.