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Eye On Texas: Empty Schools

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Eye On Texas: Empty Schools

Empty Texas schools intrigue me. The quiet spaces, the old water fountains and chalkboards, the big windows casting natural light. In 2008 I was invited to photograph Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas before the old building was remodeled into the modern school it is now. I wandered the vacant school with my Hasselblad and tripod, photographing shapes and colors in the beautiful old space. In 2012, when I heard the Dallas Independent School District would be closing 11 schools, I got permission to continue this personal project. I have also photographed schools in Marfa, Valentine, Abilene, and Windthorst.

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