Project Row Houses Summer Studios Luis Parra
From Donna Pinnick on 08/14/2017
Portrait of the Neighborhood by Luis Parra
During the Summer Studios program, I met and photographed many people of the neighborhood surrounding Project Row Houses. I wanted to document the people and scenes of this area. I documented the changing landscape that is occurring in the area. Since I wanted to produce a portrait of the neighborhood, I went around taking portraits of the people that live in the neighborhood, also documenting the human condition and the interactions that go on between people and their environment. I photographed them in a way that I believe encapsulates the feelings and persona of the person. While out and creating these images, I felt the intimacy of this neighborhood. The long history and close-knit community that is Third Ward is something I show through my photographs.
Luis Parra was born in Houston and grew up in south Houston. He had many artistic influences around him as a kid. Being of Cuban/ Honduran decent, he was exposed to a plethora of Hispanic culture and art. Parra was always interested in the arts but didn't fully take it seriously until his junior year of high school. He experimented with many mediums but found photography to be his passion and preferred way of creating art. He graduated from the Houston Academy for International Studies in 2017 and is now attending University of North Texas. Today he prefers to use traditional methods of photography by shooting on film and printing in the darkroom. The art he creates documents the human condition and explores alternative processes in photography.