We've run many photos by Dallas photographer Justin Terveen, but the above photo went viral last August, after a spectacular thunderstorm danced across Dallas. While many of us watched from the safety of our couches, Terveen was on a rooftop, capturing the Ghostbusters-like scene in real time. The day after, an Observer co-worker whispered aloud: How does he know? Terveen laughs off any notion of Spidey sense.
"I've always had a fascination with the weather," he says, "but further, I hang out with meteorology students and storm chasers, so I've learned how to forecast, how to position myself."
The above shot, entitled "Chaos," is but one of Terveen's right place/right time feats. In the last few years, he's also captured the changing landscape of Dallas -- the addition of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the lights of the Omni -- and, scrolling through his photos, you can see the subtle shift. Battles over the expansion of Winfrey Point and the Trinity River make for good copy, but Terveen -- who was also one of our 2013 Masterminds finalists -- looks at the big picture: Dallas is an ever-changing canvas, a real-time document of urban decay and renewal.
Tonight, his solo photography exhibit, "The Urban Fabric," opens at Kettle Art, and you can see the shift for yourself.
What got you into shooting Dallas as a subject rather than people? I'm not a very social guy, and buildings don't move, they don't talk back. I'm attracted to urban decay, old architecture and good views. I love the blue hour, right after sunset, when the sky is that electric blue.
You got some amazing photos the day Big Tex passed. Well, I live across the street, and I saw it light up on Facebook, so I managed to sneak in with the media. It was fast and furious, and I don't think they knew who was media and who wasn't. It's an icon, people have grown up underneath it over the years. It was sad the way the whole thing went down.
One of my favorite photos last year was of the riders stranded on the Stratosphere at the State Fair, which happened very shortly after Big Tex. That was another one I heard about through the grapevine. It was chilly that night. I saw bare legs dangling and I felt for them.
"The Urban Fabric" runs through April 13, Thursday through Saturday, 7pm to 10pm.
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