"New Works by David A. Brown: trying to find my way..." Opens at the Jung Center

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All Photos by David A. Brown
New Works by David A. Brown: trying to find my way ... at The Jung Center
Many Houstonians got their first look at David A. Brown's "trying to find my way ..." photographic series at the Darke Gallery four years ago as part of FotoFest 2010. His "New Works by David A. Brown: trying to find my way ..." exhibit, just opened at the Jung Educational Center, an official FotoFest 2014 participating space, continues his exploration of reflected images with two important differences: composition and medium.

Brown captures a multitude of images, all simultaneously seen in the same space, in each photograph. The windows of an office building lobby, for example, become a canvas for dozens of reflections, all layered over one another. This isn't trick photography; Brown captures each image with a single exposure.

Most of the images seen at the 2010 exhibit were landscapes and still lifes. The current exhibit at the Jung Center includes a fair number of still lifes, but many more photographs show the reflected images of people as they walk down the street or look in a store window. (One shows a fellow photographer adjusting his camera settings between shots.)

The 2010 photographs were printed with a 3-D-like effect. (Brown had to work with a company overseas in order to achieve the desired quality.) The images seen at the "New Works" exhibit are printed, sans the effect, on fabric and 99+ year archival paper.

"Things have changed over the last couple of years," he told us at the exhibit's opening. "I'm looking more at interaction now. Before I was looking at composition and now I'm more focused on capturing the interaction between people with other people, with the space."

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"Great Art in Ugly Rooms" Is Exactly That

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Great Art in Ugly Rooms
Someone once said that beauty was everywhere, you just have to find it. The exact quote has been bastardized, morphed and flipped around so many times who knows what the actual saying is or who should get credit. Regardless of who said it first, it's a played out saying and there is something almost corny or ironic about it now. If you could bottle the clich├ęd irony of this saying and shake it up and paint a wall with it, it might turn into Paul Kremer's "Great Art in Ugly Rooms" (GAiUR), now on display at The Brandon (what was once Domy Books)

If the title sounds familiar, it's because Kremer's tumblr of the same name has gotten a boatload of write-ups since its launch, although Kremer's name has mostly been kept out of the press. The site is a series of images of aesthetically unpleasing or "ironically" unattractive rooms that play house to a beautiful piece of famous art. A Normal Rockwell hangs on wall of a boring conference room, a Basquiat adorns the wall of a fast-food joint, a Dan Flavin illuminates a dingy bathroom; you get the point. For the current exhibition, Kremer has blown up several of the images from the site, as well as printing others on stretched canvas. The result is fantastic.

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Interesting People, Interesting Buildings: The Top 10 Photos of the Week

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Photo by J Tovar.
HUGS!
We here at the Houston Press have long believed that some of the best photographers in the world live right here in Houston. Between the slideshows and blogs we publish and the images you share with us in our Flickr Pool, we see tons of amazing photos every week, and this is our chance to celebrate our favorites.

This week's photos include some people we'd love to hang out with and some buildings in interesting circumstances.

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Christmas in Texas and Dogs in the Snow: The Top 10 Photos of the Week

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Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg.
Even Santa stops at a food truck now and then.
We here at the Houston Press have long believed that some of the best photographers in the world live right here in Houston. Between the slideshows and blogs we publish and the images you share with us in our Flickr Pool, we see tons of amazing photos every week, and this is our chance to celebrate our favorites.

This week's photos include...

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Houston Photographer Daniel Kramer's Rodeo Photographs Selected for Prestigious Exhibit in Atlanta

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All photos by Daniel Kramer

In 2013, more than 2.5 million people attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. One of them was Daniel Kramer a freelancer photographer and teacher who has been making a study of the Houston rodeo since 2003.

"My ancestors, Bud and Bobby Kramer, provided stock to the rodeo from the early 1950s until the late 1970s. In 2003, I reconnected that familial link to RodeoHouston when I attended for the first time and covered the barbeque championship for the Houston Press," Kramer says.


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Festivals and Street Art and Bears, Oh My!: The Top 10 Photos of the Week

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Photo by Julian Bajsel.
It's always good to try and meet new people at major music festivals.
We here at the Houston Press have long believed that some of the best photographers in the world live right here in Houston. Between the slideshows and blogs we publish and the images you share with us in our Flickr Pool, we see tons of amazing photos every week, and this is our chance to celebrate our favorites.

This week's photos include a day at a festival, a day at the races, and the coolest bear around.

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Get Wet, Get Wild, Get Dancing: The Top 10 Photos of the Week

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Photo by Marco Torres.
We hope to one day be as cool as DeLorean.

We here at the Houston Press have long believed that some of the best photographers in the world live right here in Houston. Between the slideshows and blogs we publish and the images you share with us in our Flickr Pool, we see tons of amazing photos every week, and this is our chance to celebrate our favorites.

This week's photos include fun on the water, fun in the water, fun above the water, and fun on the dance floor.

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Up in the Sky, Out in the Streets: The Top 10 Photos of the Week

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Photo by Jim Bricker.
There was plenty of monkey business at UtopiaFest 2013.
We here at the Houston Press have long believed that some of the best photographers in the world live right here in Houston. Between the slideshows and blogs we publish and the images you share with us in our Flickr Pool, we see tons of amazing photos every week, and this is our chance to celebrate our favorites.

This week's photos include masks, people who make flying around look easy, and a guest appearance by Mayor Parker.

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The Thrill of Victory, the Power of Nature: The Top 10 Photos of the Week

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Photo by Groovehouse.
Do not mess with this man.
We here at the Houston Press have long believed that some of the best photographers in the world live right here in Houston. Between the slideshows and blogs we publish and the images you share with us in our Flickr Pool, we see tons of amazing photos every week, and this is our chance to celebrate our favorites.

This week's photos include victories on and off the field, nature at it's best, and some things that aren't quite what they appear at first.

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Dance All Night, Watch the Storm, and More: The Top 10 Photos of the Week

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Photo by Marco Torres.
We here at the Houston Press have long believed that some of the best photographers in the world live right here in Houston. Between the slideshows and blogs we publish and the images you share with us in our Flickr Pool, we see tons of amazing photos every week, and this is our chance to celebrate our favorites.

This week's photos take include the night life, street art, and lots of water.

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