Earlier this year we sat down with the incredible women behind Brick Haus Collective, to get a feel for the great things they're doing with the fine arts community of Denton. Now, we're excited that we get to see them grow enough to 'give back' as they host their first juried exhibit. Read on to see exactly what they've got in store this weekend.Read More
Is everyone recovered from Oaktopia? You've had a week now. Because believe it or not, there's another insanely awesome week of great things to get into this week. PolaCon2016 is an event that's really close to our hearts and one that we expect to see a TON of hashtags in your Instagram feeds so Will can be overly critical and passive aggressive towards you as he picks shots to be featured in our What We Did post on Monday.
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Thursday September 29
Denton County Honey Tasting | D&L Farm & Home | 6:30PM
Local honey tasting. It’s happening.
2016 Taste of Industrial Street Fundraiser | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 5:30PM
This is a great fundraiser with United Way Denton County. Some of the best people in Denton plan all year to put this event on and it has become a beloved event for those who attend.
Creative Space: Cosplay Headgear Workshop | Greater Denton Arts Council | 6PM
People love to cosplay and that takes some specials skills which will be taught at this evenings event by Regina Panzeca-Raifsnider.
Friday September 30
Vintage Market Days of Denton Fall Event | The New Diamond T Arena | 10AM
This is a great event coming through town this weekend showing off hand crafted goodies from vendors from all over. Also, keep an eye out for the scale model of the courthouse built by our buddies at Serendipity.
Free Movies in The Park | Quakertown Park | 7PM
Inside Out is this week's movie…outside.
Spooky Show | Bearded Monk | 8PM
Here’s a fun Halloween themed show at one of our favorite beer joints.
Movie Night: Finding Dory | TWU Soccer Field | 8:30PM
Everyone loves a free movie night on a lawn, and TWU is showing a Pixar classic! And did we mention FREE?
Saturday October 1
Denton County Hispanic Heritage Month Festival | Courthouse on the Square | 10AM
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and LULAC put on an amazing fiesta of family fun on the Courthouse lawn to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month! Food, music, dancing, and activities a'plenty!
Dog Days of Denton 2016 | North Texas Fairgrounds | 9AM
Things can sometimes get pretty ruff in Denton, and this is the popular event to see the costumed parade of adorable pooches!
Sunday October 2
Twilight Tunes: El Nuevo Mis Son | Courthouse Lawn | 4:30P
Last night we had the privilege of attending the first event of this year’s UNT Fine Arts Series, an evening with Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans Of New York. Stanton’s work on the blog turned book was insightful, uplifting, and relevant to anyone who not only works in a creative field, but anyone who feels like they have some major #lifegoals to achieve. He has photographed and interviewed thousands of people, and after his talk we had a chance to sit down and talk about a few things in a little more depth. Read on to find out how his incredible work ethic has driven him to tell the stories of thousands of strangers.Read More
From the outside looking in, Denton may not appear to be the most photogenic city. In fact, there are some closed minded individuals that have lived here for years that would argue the same about the entirety of Denton, but those are probably the same people that flock over to Lower Greenville or the Ft. Worth Stockyards every weekend. Little do they know that Denton not only has plenty of nightlife, but also tons of places and backgrounds that make for great photos.
We get emails every so often that ask questions such as, "What's the best place in Denton for my senior portraits?" Or, "Where is a spot that I can create erotic imagery of my friend Jason that doesn't have too many prying eyeballs around?" Well, we have some answers for that first question (but probably not that second one).
Additionally, this weekend will see tons of photographers headed into town for this weekend's Polaroid Convention on the square. So we figured that now would be a great time to share a few of our favorite places to take some photos in town. Read on to find out some of our favorite photo sites in Denton.
The Purple Door
The elusive purple door is one of the most popular portrait spots in downtown Denton. The spot is basically a vibrant door halfway up a concrete wall with a ladder leading up to it. The color pop against the drab grays makes for very interesting photos so long as your subject is willing to climb a couple feet up a ladder. This spot is located in a little alley/alcove on the south side of McKinney St. between Elm and Locust. In the same location is Dan Black's amazing mural that incorporates the plantlife growing in the otherwise urban environment. This location does have parking for local businesses, so if you plan on shooting here, be aware that you may have to shoot around cars, and make sure you are respectful of the space and the people that work there.
SCRAP Paint Bucket Wall
One of our favorite things about SCRAP's new location (Is it still "new?" They've been there for a while now) is the cheap-as-hell trophies that they have on the first aisle - we like to give them as gifts for when our friends have small victories in life (like when Glen went down a notch in his belt), but our SECOND favorite thing would definitely be the amazing paint bucket wall (that just so happens to be pretty close to the trophies). This colorful wall of circles is a great backdrop for images or just geometric photography in general. Ask nicely, and the director, Kari Meyercord-Westerman may pose for you if you don't have a model on hand. She probably won't as we just made this up, but it wouldn't hurt to ask. SCRAP is located at 420 S. Bell Ave.
The Top of the Courthouse
Forget about taking photos in front of the courthouse. You need to get inside and to the top of it if you want some life-changing photos. Okay, we know this one is tough, but it is possible - and worth it. The top of the courthouse makes for a great spot for getting an aerial viewpoint of the city looking in any direction.
Several years ago, I went to one of author Chuck Klosterman's readings. I believe it was on the tour for his book Eating the Dinosaur. At the reading, Klosterman responded to a question by saying something along the lines of, "Live your life in a manner in which you can jump up and take on an opportunity if it presents itself." At some point in every Dentonite's life, there will be an opportunity to make your way to the top of the Denton County Courthouse. Just make sure you are ready. If you are, you'll be able to create some great images. Visiting the Courthouse on the Square Museum (which is free, by-the-way), and making friends with some of the employees there, certainly wouldn't hurt your chances of making this happen.
The Denton County Courthouse is that big building you see in the middle of town.
Industrial Building in East Denton
The old Austin Baker Sales building on Exposition in East Denton has both rustic textures and pastel colors - two things that are hard to find in the same location. So whether you are looking for a bright background for portraits, colorful geometric lines, or just interesting textures to photograph, this is a great place to check out. Hit it up at the right time, and the awning can provide some nice shade for even lighting on your subjects.
The Chairy Orchard
If you're looking for something a tad more whimsical, The Chairy Orchard in North Denton is perfect for you. Neighbors Judy Smith and Anne Pearson (the same duo behind the fence with shoes on Sherman and the genius that is Rose Costumes) created this den of chairs and also manage the upkeep of the space. Since its inception last year, they have accumulated many more chairs and every once in a while something even weirder will pop-up (like a giant teddy bear for example). Just don't try to sit on one of the chairs that has been nailed to the trees and you should be okay.
The Chairy Orchard is located on Churchill Dr. near Avondale Park. If you are in Avondale Park, walk down the trail until you come across the bridge and take a left when you cross the bridge and hit Churchill. A few yards down is The Chairy Orchard. Feel free to bring your own chair as a donation if you have a particularly awesome one that you are willing to part with.
Little Chapel in the Woods
TWU has plenty of great spots for photography. Aside from the beautiful library and turtle pond, the Little Chapel in the Woods is also on site and is an architectural feat. The building was designed by famed Denton architect O'Neil Ford and was dedicated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the late 1930's. The building has tons of stained glass, high ceilings, and some great natural light at certain times of the day. Climb up the spherical stair case to take some photos from a higher vantage point.
The Little Chapel in the Woods is located at 415 Chapel Dr. on the TWU Campus. We suggest going when class isn't in session so parking won't be an issue. Also, check the marquee outside before walking in to make sure you don't interrupt a wedding or something.
Your Favorite Mural
Denton is full of murals now. In the last year alone, I can count five murals just off the top of my head (and mural counting isn't even one of my strong suits!). That said, you need to find the mural that speaks to you as an individual. While the square includes quite a few popular murals, we like to venture a little further out to some of the lesser photographed ones. Some of our favorites include the La Estrella mural/dedication, the bright/fruity mural on the side of The Cupboard, Keep Denton Beautiful's street murals, SCRAP's mural from Mick Burson, the American flag mural by David Piper Jr. at Faded Blue on Locust, the mural across Hickory from the UNT English building, the black and white mural at The Bearded Monk, and the brand new mural beside Juicy Pig BBQ. The latter (featured above) is so full of so many different scenes that you are sure to find something that suits your fancy no matter what said fancy may be.
Old Alton Bridge
Old Alton Bridge is a classic Denton photo location, but one that is well-deserved. This spot in south Denton features a red bridge and is easy to create some classic imagery. However, it is oftentimes crowded with other photographers or high school kids "just hangin'." Just watch our for men that are also ghosts and goats. They are the worst type of photo-bombers.
Jim Christal Bridge
If you're up for a short drive (this is closer to downtown than Old Alton, so this drive is pretty short), check out the railroad bridge over Jim Christal Rd. This graffiti-covered bridge has plenty of character and has a great look around golden hour. Time it right, and you can include a shot of a passing train on the bridge.
Right before this bridge is a "tree tunnel" of sorts where the trees grow over the road to create a very interesting and symmetrical look for your photos.
Always be careful of cars passing by as this bridge is over an actual road that is in use and one that people tend to speed on. There is a place to park right after you pass the bridge.
This bridge is just a short ten minute drive down Oak St. after passing under I-35, Oak turns into Jim Christal. Drive past the airport and navigate a few turns and you will find your way to the tree tunnel and bridge area. Even if you aren't interested in taking photos, it is a nice drive.
The Denton Post Office Windows
This isn't really that hard to find, as we are sure many of you have noticed the greatness that is the Denton post office on McKinney St. We are particularly fond of the large windows with rounded corners on the south facing wall of the building. You can utilize them in all sorts of photographs depending on the look that you are going for. Watch out for your own reflection in the window, though!
The Denton Post Office is located at 101 E. McKinney St.
Morrison's Corn-Kits Building
The Morrison's Corn-Kits signage is as iconic to Denton as the courthouse, itself. Heck, we even had it as our logo at one point. However, it can be difficult to feature in a photograph. Over time, we've found that one of the best spots to photograph the famed building is Wye St. in South East Denton. Drive down Wye until you find a small hill that you can climb up. Use a longer (telephoto) lens to compress the background and boom - you've got a portrait of someone right in front of the Morrison's Corn-Kits building.
Those are just a few of our favorite places to take photos in Denton and is in ways a definitive list. What are your favorite places to create images in town? Let us know in the comments!
Our local yogi, Liz King, has nailed down ten reasons that you need more yoga in your life. No, this is not so you can show off your headstands as a fun party trick, or because you are addicted to wearing your yoga pants all the time, but rather something more beneficial to the community at large. Read on to find out why she believes yoga has the ability to make you experience Denton in a more mindful and communal way.Read More
And here's our second What We Did post of the day. This one is complete with tons of images from this weekend's Oaktopia festival. This was the fourth year of Oaktopia and saw some of the biggest names yet. Artists such as Rae Sremmurd, Beirut, Cat Power, Norah Jones, Andrew W.K., and many more rocked Denton very hard over the course of the three day festival. We'll have a more in depth review out later, but in the meantime, here are a ton of photos for you to check out from Oaktopia.
The images below were shot by WDDI photographers and you, WDDI readers/Instagram taggers. You can click through on those photos to get to their Instagram pages and follow them. Check our all of the images below and let us know your favorite part of Oaktopia in the comments! Ours was the brief (but heavy) rain shower on Saturday evening. Search Instagram and Twitter for #Soaktopia to see what we're talking about.
Well that was a weekend for the books. Oaktopia 2016 took over downtown Denton for the fourth year in a row and had plenty of great moments. In fact, there were so many of those moments, that we'll have a whole post full of 'em later on today. In the meantime, we've got plenty of great non-music festival images from last week in our weekly photo round up post, What We Did.
Every Monday, we take a look through all of the images that have been tagged #WDDI (We Denton Do It) on Instagram and post a few that showcase what life was like in Denton that week.
If you'd like to have your image selected for What We Did, make sure to tag your Instagram photos with #WDDI. Glen has been telling people that if they give him a dollar he can make it happen, but that's just a lie.
If you have a question about What We Did, email email@example.com.Read More
Over the past week, we've been picking a few of our "can't miss" shows and events that are a part of this year's Oaktopia festival in Downtown Denton, TX. You can check out our Thursday or Friday coverage for events for those days. Saturday, however, is a beast of a day. Read below to check out Nathan Williams' coverage of what you should check out at Oaktopia this Saturday.Read More
Over the years, panels have somehow become one of our favorite aspects of local music festivals. The curated selection of speakers, topics, and pointed questions makes for thought-provoking conversations among people you actually want to hear talk about stuff. There's not much that can make a well-organized panel better. Except for food, that is. Oaktopia took something we already loved and added brunch to it. Read on to find out more information on one of our most-anticipated Oaktopia events this Saturday and why you don't want to miss it.Read More