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Student Photo Annual Collaborative Exhibit, Houston, TX

S.P.A.C.E. Donor Profile

Jerry Flores is a videographer, filmmaker and owner of Dream Lite Production Studios, Houston, Texas. (Photo: Skarleth Velasquez)

Photo and story by: Skarleth Velasquez

Jerry and his team have been shooting professionally for six years. In the beginning, Flores explains he was working out of his house. Business deals were closed and transactions made at Starbucks and local restaurants. “The clients would slide the money across the table and I had to count it and make sure no one was watching, all while the person next to me was watching House of Cards on their laptop. It was a little inconvenient so I decided it was time to get our own place.”

Flores found a location, an empty warehouse. He had a vision of what it would look like. “I’m not good with construction because I don’t know anything about that, so I put it on paper and I gave it to the construction guy” and said, “This is what I need.” Dream Lite Production Studios opened July, 2016. Flores explains that originally the studio was meant to house his production business. A visitor saw the space and asked if it was available for rent. “From then on we started doing rentals and we started trying to figure out ways to bring people in.”

Flores and his team at Dream Lite Production Studios are trying to change the routine that developing artists face. Knowing the challenges that young artists face while trying to establish themselves, Flores recalls his personal struggles. When I was coming up I didn’t have the money to go rent a studio and shoot something really nice. I would ask somebody and they wouldn’t want to help. They saw me as competition.” He understands the importance of opportunity for the young struggling artist,  and the value of giving back to the community. “For anyone who reads this and has questions, I’m an open book. It could be anything from studio time, to building a studio, to what type of equipment we use, how we shoot, etc. Just ask for Jerry and we’ll figure out a time.”

Late summer, 2016, Flores received an email from Andre Hermann, Full time faculty at Houston Community College. Hermann asked Flores to donate studio time as a grand prize for the Second Annual S.P.A.C.E. event. An annual photo exhibit highlighting the photo students work. Flores recalls the email. “I wanted to know how I could help. Hermann [sic] had students that were learning, and doing all these different things. So donating two hours of studio time [sic] seemed like a good idea.

Flores and Dream Lite Production Studios is again donating a two hour studio session as a grand prize this year for the third annual S.P.A.C.E. exhibit. He recalls telling last year’s winner, Giselle Yeung, and explains “I dodn’t want to put an expiration date on it. I don’t want to force it on anybody. I rather have them take their time, just like she did, wait for the right project to come and use it. That way they would be able to get the best use out it.”

Dream Lite Production Studios prides themselves on having a great focus on hospitality, says Flores. “We want to be an example for Houston as far as having better customer service and a better atmosphere. We want people to feel like they’re [sic] home, like they are appreciated and respected, as opposed to other locations where they’re treated like a number. With us it’s more like they’re family.” Flores explains that  Dream Lite Production Studios whole mentality is to do something for somebody else without expecting anything in return. “That’s why when people come here and they ask questions we tell them. If they have ideas, we listen to their feedback and we use that to adapt.”

For more information about Jerry Flores and Dreamlite Productions visit: http://dreamliteproductions.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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Ann M. Jastrab.This year’s judge for the 3rd Annual SPACE awards

This year’s judge for the SPACE awards is Ann Jastrab. I have known her for many years and have had the privilege of working with her to host and hang exhibits at RayKo Film Center in San Francisco. She will be reviewing the selected 20 images to determine the first, second, third place, and best of show winners.

Ann M. Jastrab
https://www.all-about-photo.com/index.php

Ann M. Jastrab is an independent curator, photography consultant, editor, and writer. She writes extensively about photographers and photography for the acclaimed website All About Photo where she is the Editor-in-Chief. She worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for the past decade until their recent closure in June 2017. Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, and Lishui International Photography Festival in China as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. While being a champion of artists, she created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where recent residents Carlos Javier Ortiz and McNair Evans both received Guggenheim Fellowships in 2016. Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well. She has been teaching courses in the San Francisco Bay Area and at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since 1995. She is also currently working as the exhibitions coordinator at Dickerman’s Prints in San Francisco.

Second Annual S.P.A.C.E Gallery Catalog

Last year we had a successful second annual S.P.A.C.E exhibition. It was our first year selling gallery catalogs highlighting the student work chosen for the exhibit. They were available for sale at the opening reception, selling out quickly.

In case you missed it. You can still purchase a copy here all proceeds go back to the student photo club and help keep this blog going.

3rd Annual SPACE Exhibit

Hi everyone. Welcome to the third annual SPACE event featuring Houston Community College Digital Photo students work. The Digital Photography specialization is part of the Digital Communication program at Houston Community College. This year is again another exciting year. WHCC.com and Dreamliteproductions.com are donating awards year for 1st, 2nd, third, and Best of Show. Stay tuned for more info.

This year there we will also see a change of venue. In previous years the SPACE event was held at the Spring Branch Campus gallery. This year the gallery event will be held at the Alief/Hayes Road campus. This will allow the show to be exhibited for the whole semester rather than just 30 days.

Finally, we have made updates to the submission process and the categories available for submission. Please see the FAQ tab for more info.

The process will remain the same this year. Images submitted will be reviewed by HCC faculty. Awards will be judged by industry professionals, TBA.

Please stay posted for updates on submissions and deadlines. 🙂

Good luck. We look forward to seeing your submissions.

Click here to submit.

2nd Annual S.P.A.C.E. Exhibit On The Move

We are excited to announce that the annual S.P.A.C.E. exhibit will now be a travel show. After a very successful showing at the Spring Branch campus, S.P.A.C.E. will now move to the HCC Alief campus where it will be on display on third floor outside of room 317 & 318. We are considering the idea of having another opening reception. The exhibit will hang at Alief for the duration of the Fall 2016 semester. It will then travel to the HCC West Loop campus where it will be on display again.

The images will be hung at Alief this Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Announcements and flyers will be distrubuted when we have further dates and times.

HCC Photo Club Photo Walk #1

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Join us on Saturday, October 1 for our first meet up of the fall semester as we explore Houston’s Second Ward.
Get ready to take some photos, meet fellow photographers, and learn more about your city!
We will begin with a photo walk in Second Ward and then end with a celebration at the Moon Tower Inn.
Please post any questions you may have in this forum. Thanks and we hope to see you all there!

Saturday, October 1, 2016
5-7PM Photowalk | 7-9PM Moon Tower Inn
Moon Tower Inn
3004 Canal St.
Houston, TX 77003

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2nd Annual S.P.A.C.E. Gallery Catalog

To celebrate the opening reception of the 2nd Annual S.P.A.C.E. Gallery we created a gallery catalog highlighting all of the student work in the show. We brought 20 copies to the opening and nearly sold them all. If you missed the opportunity to purchase a book, or would like to order another, here is the link:

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1161017

Thank you so much to WHCC.com and www.dlprostudio.com for donating prints and studio rentals as awards to the finalists.

Meet the judges for SPACE 2016

As we prepare for the opening reception of the 2nd Annual SPACE event, finding the right judge(s) to choose the final winning images was of the utmost importance. We chose two judges with two different perspectives to review the exhibited work. One judge, Chris Kern from the greater Los Angeles area, Southern California, and Daniel Watson from NYC, East Coast.

They worked together to review the images and choose the final four winning images. See their bios below for more info relating to who they are and what they do.

Chris Kern
 http://www.mrmrskern.com/

Christopher Kern has been shooting and producing commercial photography projects since 2003.  He holds an MFA in Photography from the prestegious Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.  Along with his freelance photography work, he has been utilizing his MFA as a photo instructor since 2009.  His work has been featured in the industry by; PDN, CMYK, IPA, and the APA.  Photographically he is looking to create imagery that is – aspirational, yet attainable.  While his commercial work has taken him all over the United States and Internationally, he calls California home.  His true passion is for the people he encounters; either it be as a portrait subject, fellow creative, student or stranger.

Daniel Watson
www.lividmagazine.com
Daniel Watson, a self-driven entrepreneur with fourteen years of experience within the creative and technology industries. His motto is that professionals in every field, especially creative design must be aware of the constant changes within a demanding industry to possess the flexibility and imagination to stay ahead of the trends. Daniel is founder and Editor in Chief of LIVID Magazine & Creative Director of LIVID Media. Also currently is an Advisory Board Member with Cazenovia College and Associate Lecturer at Mood Art in Verona Italy.

 

 

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Recognition

SPACE 2016 Will be a curated gallery recognizing photographic excellence–Peoples Choice, Best In Show, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place. All recognized work will be featured on www.spacephotowall.com and photographers will receive a certificate honoring their work.

SPACE 2016 Rewards from Shane Patrick Qureshi on Vimeo.

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