As I canoed the Rio Grande river, I was impressed by the huge mountains on either side. Canoeing is always nice, but even better when you can take in a view like this along the way. The Rio Grande is not very deep as float through the canyon. If you’re carful, you can navigate through without getting out to pull your canoe often.
In the south of Port Arthur Texas, the paint began to match the sky. The land of Port Arthur is covered by a strange haze and it makes everything odd. Like an alternate, parallel reality, the strange becomes the norm, and the norm is odd.
As I learn this visual language, I began to document the peculiar town of Port Arthur in way thats never been done before. Everything speaks. The haze. The color. The lines. The erie town next to the refineries starts to develop, the words are revealed, and the story is told.
Leaving my 9 to 5 job to fully devote myself to my craft was a hard decision to make. Looking back, it was definitely the right one. I travel back to Big Bend National Park in west Texas soon to explore the endless hills. Free my body free my mind, hoping yall can see the signs.
“To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars.” –Ralph Emerson
Port Arthur, Texas is full of potential. I got the chance to meet these local rap artists from 100% Certified Studios and hear some unreleased music. I can’t wait for them to release it so I can jam some of those songs! I really like one song called Potential. I feel like all these people I meet are apart of the Southeast Texas experience. Southeast Texas is a very distinct place. It is very seasoned and full of potential. However, many people in Southeast Texas do not have a creative outlet.
As I stepped out into the unknown, it said, ”watch where you step, you might fall.” And I said, “nah…I’m flying!”
The Boomtown Film and Music Festival hosted a video competition. It was at the Log On Cafe in Beaumont, Texas where I entered the competition. I thought I was just going to the Log On to have a few drinks and listen to some live music. “Hey, do you want to sign up for the video competition,” he asked? Yeah, why not. My friends Eric and Sunni arrived just on time. We formed a team by the name of Lady Liberty. We were assigned a song called “Granny’s House” by the band Delicious Fuzz. Our job was to make a music video for that song in less than 7 days. Nine teams made videos. We brainstormed and agreed on a concept and location. We filmed in front of a gorgeous, abandoned building in downtown Port Arthur, Texas. The building had a huge mural on it depicting Lady Liberty. We agreed to film our entire video guerrilla style with one continuous pan. I think my favorite part is the dancing Granny performed by My friend Hanna. The band was so cooperative and agreed to be at the location and bring props. Everything gelled and fell into place perfectly like Tetris pieces. It was almost creepy, like it was “meant to be” or something. We were all so happy. It was a success! The top three videos will be screened at the Boomtown Film and Music Festival and our video is in 4th place!