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DALLAS CYCLE STYLE is looking for half a dozen photographers who are available to shoot for a few hours on Saturday April 21st 2012 (Earth Day weekend!) The GOAL: to create artistic/professional photos of cyclists around town for our 2nd annual Cyclist Census.

Photographers can choose their own locations if they have a good spot in mind to catch some everyday cyclists (not necessarily the spandex-in-training cyclists, though that’s fine too) or – we have a list of some good spots they can choose from. We’re looking for the 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas and as we found last year, a talented photographer can steal the show. So…this year, we’re making it a photo competition too! We’ll have prizes for 1st through 3rd and honorable mention winners (chosen by a panel of professionals), as well as the People’s Choice Face of Biking in Dallas winners announced at the Cycle Style Fashion Event April 28th, 2012 – 10pm at the Continental Lofts Gallery in Deep Ellum.

Here’s an idea of the types of photos we’re looking for (fun! colorful! exuding personality!) Lights, reflectors & assistants are all allowed.

©Elliott Munoz

©Jarrod Fresquez

©Stevan Koye

©Jarrod Fresquez

The commitment will involve picking up the release forms and sandwich board a week or so before the day of shooting (from either a North Dallas or Oak Cliff location) and then dropping-off your signed release forms, sandwich board and CD/DVD/returnable flash drive with hi res image files at same location before noon the Sunday after the event. It will involve a pretty quick turn-around to get the photos up for online voting before the winners are announced at the next Saturday event!

Interested photographers should contact Amanda at More details at



Just a quick reminder that 214Trans4m by Daniel Kusner and Bryan Amann opens TONIGHT at the Magnolia Gallery from 8pm-11pm. We hope to see you there! -Scott & Nicole

The Magnolia Gallery presents

When transgender models strike poses beside landmarks in Texas’ most conservative metroplex, the results can be exquisitely photogenic yet ideologically conflicting. But the creative team of Daniel Kusner and Brian Amann hasn’t shied away from the challenge. “214 Trans4m,” is a collaborative a photo series that aims to capture Dallas’ history, architecture and stereotypes, all while straddling the invisible divide that separates the feminine and masculine. Kusner and Amann construct each image as if they’re producing a small movie. Each project involves casting characters, choosing wardrobe, scouting locations, styling and building props.

Some regard Dallas (now that George and Laura Bush are our neighbors) as the Lone Star State’s cradle for reactionaries and traditionalists. Where men are men, and women are women. But Big D is too big to surrender to such narrow definitions. Like places of interest for the average visiting tourist, “214 Trans4m” invites Dallasites to look at their own city — but in a different light.

Some images from the Kusner+Amann portfolio include:
• “Dallas in Wonderland” featuring local drag artist Jenna Skyy becomes Lewis Carroll’s “Alice,” kneeling beside the painted X on Elm Street and pointing toward the Texas Schoolbook Depository. True to her character, “Alice” incorporates mathematics to gauge the magic bullet’s path on the spot where a commander-in-chief’s head was ripped apart by a sniper.
• “Breakfast at Neiman’s” features doe-eyed goddess Chaselyn Wade becomes a modern version of “Holly Golightly,” a down-at-heel party gal who can taste an unsullied life while gazing into a downtown window display of Dallas’ poshest retailer.
• “Callas in Dallas,” features trans showgirl Erica Andrews emulating Maria Callas reenacting the day that the New York Metropolitan Opera fired, who then gave the performance of a lifetime as Medea at the State Fair Music Hall.

The title of this photo is “Memora-Beale-ia,” featuring local drag performer Richard D. Curtin who morphs into a daffy Edith Bouvier Beale dancing before the Kennedy Memorial to inspire our admiration for a forsaken structure whose design was approved by Edith’s famously tasteful cousin.

Daniel Kusner is a former editor of Dallas Voice and publisher of Spread magazine. He blogs at His fascination with drag artistry began when the KISS Army recruited him at the age of seven.
Bryan Amann’s photos have appeared in Elle Décor: Germany, Out Traveler and Dallas Voice. His work has been exhibited at Dallas City Hall, Baylor’ Chas. A Sammons Cancer Center, The African American Museum in Fair Park, The Trinity River Audubon Center. Amann’s photos can be seen at

WHO: Daniel Kusner and Bryan Amann
WHAT: “214 Trans4m”
WHERE: Magnolia Gallery, inside the Magnolia Theatre: 3699 McKinney Ave. Dallas. Texas.
WHEN: Sept. 8, 2011 to Oct. 12, 2011
PHONE: 214-683-9134
CURATORS: Nicole Cullum Horn and Scott Horn

Magnolia Gallery
inside the Magnolia Theatre
3699 McKinney Ave.
curated by Nicole Cullum Horn & Scott Horn

Born in Dallas, Texas on November 29, 1982, Nadyia enjoyed painting and photography as a child and young adult, and in high school, became interested in graphic design. She studied fine art photography and majored in graphic design at school and recently has started to explore video production, which she hopes to incorporate into her photography.

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

My father sparked my interest in photography when I was fairly young. He’s an amazing underwater photographer and taught me a lot about what I know now.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon 40D and Canon 5D, and on occasion, film.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

This is hard to pinpoint because I draw inspiration from so many different things. But I guess with photography, it’s people. I try to bring to life what makes a person beautiful, sexy, or sometimes, vulnerable. Sometimes I like to shoot someone in a way no one else has, just for the purpose of making and exposing something different.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Definitely. Sometimes my job gets incredibly busy and I just don’t have time to shoot my personal work. But it’s important to me that I have that outlet, so I try not to go too long without it.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

My favorite is definitely conceptual photography. I like to actually think and plan a shoot or even a specific shot. I love seeing ideas I have become real. I also love collaborating with other artists, models, etc and making something amazing.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I just moved to Austin and I’m incredibly grateful at how welcoming other photographers and artists have been here so far. I’m already planning and scheduling shoots with another photographer for a collaborative mixed media project. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to see what comes of it.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I don’t know if it makes my work unique, but I pay close attention to detail, so much so that it annoys me sometimes.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

My grandmother when she was my age, because she helped raise me and because she was a really beautiful, genuine person.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Spain, just because it’s the one place I’ve always wanted to go to that I haven’t yet.

what’s your post production process?

I bring the raw images into Lightroom then do most of the editing in Photoshop.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’d probably stick with what I have and just get more lenses. I don’t have enough and I’m always borrowing some from other photographers.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

My father, of course. Also an amazing man named A.Kaye, he’s been my main mentor and a really wonderful friend. He started out as a sports photographer for professional sports and is now photographing for a project, Heart of Women, to raise money for women who have suffered domestic abuse. I also really love Mark Sink, all of his work is really interesting but I’m fascinated most by what he does with wet plates.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Being published in several magazines and publications. That’s always a good thing.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

Make sure it’s a passion of yours before you jump into it. It sounds mean, but I don’t like being in the same industry with people who don’t care and are only doing it because it seems like a cool thing to do. Also, remember that most photography is a collaborative effort, and being able to respect those that you work with is essential.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

When it comes to music, I’m all over the place. But when I’m editing, a majority of the time I’m listening to David Bowie, Bjork, or Saul Williams.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

I don’t have one favorite spot. I like trying out new places, especially in Austin because there is so much here.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Usually something light like a salad so I can still be pretty active. And if I’m celebrating, probably Makers or Bulleit.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

I have so many favorites, but this one I just love because the image I had in my head came out exactly as how you see it in the photograph.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I can’t pick just one photo, but go here and check out the photos in his wet plate galleries.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, but the direction I’m going definitely has.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

Not really. As long as it’s comfortable, I’m good to go.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?


what’s your sign?


who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Anyone I’ve already mentioned, also maybe J Woods (who does amazing photo composites) or Hutch MuselessMime (talented photographer/videographer in Dallas). I have worked with all of them and really admire their work.

Angela Ryan




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photo by Andrea Roberts

It’s time to grab your camera, and find some bikes, and get ready for our “Dallas Rides” Photo Contest. We’re teaming up with BFOC and are looking for images that capture our city’s growing bike culture and the people and bicycles in it. Whether you know people who commute to work, or you have some wonderful shots from a casual group ride, we would love to see them submitted.

There will be an exhibit the last weekend in February (more details to come) to showcase the finalists. Winners in various categories will receive some great prizes, one of which will be a new Brooks saddle.

Contest Rules

-All are welcome — any photo format as long as you are prepared to print and frame if you are a finalist.
-Please submit only one photo.
-The work must be your own.
-Please submit only photos that include bicycles riding in the DFW area.
-Photos must be family friendly.
-files must be at least 240 dpi resolution.
-The photographer retains full copyright of their image and the entry will only be published on BFOC and as part of the contest.
Send your entries as e-mail attachments to Include your full name in the body of the e-mail and “Dallas Rides Photo Contest” in the subject line.
-The entry period is now open and we’ll close it off on February 11. We will announce details on the photo exhibit before the entry period closes.

For more details, see the TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Happy shooting!

In the video on UNFAIR PARK you get a fleeting glimpse of Sean Fitzgerald‘s Grand Prize winner in the second annual Trinity River Corridor Project Photo Contest. City Hall spokesman Frank Librio was kind enough to send the real thing:

Taken at the Trinity River Audubon Center in February

We hope to see you, this show promises to be really fun!
Here’s how it works, when you arrive and if you’d like to purchase art, you can draw a number for $20, then you match up that number with the corresponding print on exhibit.
get there early because we may sell out of numbers before the night is over.
this exhibit and project is close to our hearts because it benefits the kids Ange has been working with this summer as part of the Food on the Move program with Americorps & Central Dallas Ministries. (watch the video below and turn up your volume)

The Hip Shootout: The Hipstas vs the Droids is TONIGHT *(and one night only) at the UTD Visual Arts Gallery

Thanks SO MUCH to the Artists who donated their work for this show and a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our badass Sponsors

MERCI Beaucoup to everyone who stopped by our photo booth at Bastille on Bishop!
A très bon good time was had by the close to 1500 (!!!) attendees and we can’t wait to do it again next year!
News of the event apparently spread like a fever all the way to Fort Worth.
Congratz to David, chef-tel extraordinaire and winner of the mussel cook off contest – they were fabulous!
A very special thanks to our fine Frenchie friends at La Reunion for braving the heat and being our fun & fantastic sidekicks.
It was a great celebration of France in Bishop Arts. We ❤ Oak Cliff.
All photos are HERE.

@Ange Fitzgerald

By Lyn Caudle

Don’t forget to submit your images to our Flickr Photo Pool to be considered for our daily pix!

CLICK to read the article by Christina Geyer.


Artists submit HERE.
Musicians, send a link to your myspace or mp3s to
Vendors, email details on your creative wares to

photo & poster design by Ange

We are accepting submissions (ALL MEDIUMS considered) from all ARTISTS, inviting MUSICIANS to apply to the fest and also accepting applications from select ART VENDORS.

We are excited about this opportunity to celebrate our creative community, create an ongoing awareness of the cool camera culture in Dallas and can’t wait to see YOU at the next show, on May 9 (bring your mom!) noon-6pm.

CRAVE is a monthly juried exhibition, OUTDOOR installation, music festival and Art Party in the parking lot at NOVA in Oak Cliff. (Formerly Kavala at 1417 West Davis Street Dallas, TX 75208).

Your $25 submission fee allows you to present for consideration to the CRAVE Jury up to 3 pieces / jpgs of your original work that you either presently have ready to show or plan to build out for the festival. Artists accepted to exhibit receive 70% of their total sale.

Our jury reviews all work anonymously. That’s right, our jurors won’t have a clue whose work they are reviewing.

All mediums are accepted.

Since this is a monthly exhibit, we will be accepting submissions through May 26 for the June 13 event.
However, the sooner you submit, the sooner you could potentially showcase your work so don’t wait!

Vendors and Musicians:
We are also accepting ten art vendors each month, who will be guaranteed a spot for $100.
*please note, if you purchase a vendor booth, you must be present (or have trained staff present) for the duration of the event to sell your work/products. If you wish to participate as a vendor or a band, please email NOTE: Bands need only pay a $25 submission fee, and will be assigned a 40 minute time slot upon acceptance to the festival.

Andrew Tolentino
Ange Fitzgerald
Cara Michelle Smith
Cathey Miller
Clint Scism
Frank Lopez
Guy Reynolds
Havi Frost
Kevin Obregon
Lisa Lindholm
Mark Nelson
Robb Conover
Richard Ross
Sergio Garcia
Vanessa Neil

Note: 3-4 jurors will be assigned to each set of submissions per month and will rotate throughout the year.

Thanks and happy creating for CRAVE!
We can’t wait to see your stuff.

The A’s

Don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE for the May installment of CRAVE (2nd Sunday on May 9)

photo & poster design by Ange

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