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Pleasure Pier, you say? The billboards for Galveston’s Historic Pleasure Pier along Interstate 45 in Texas stirred my imagination to some very colorful expectations. Of course, those expectations were not met, as Pleasure Pier is a family amusement pier jutting into the Gulf of Mexico.
If your pleasure is whirling and spinning among neon light displays and the giddy laughter of youth, that’s all here for you. Conversely, if you are more of an observer, you can do that too. I chose to be an observer noticing how the character of the pier changed throughout the day. In the daylight, it appears as a cluttered apparatus found at any other seaside resort destination. At night, though, the pier comes alive, and all the colors and energy consume the surrounding surf.
After the eye candy of Pleasure Pier, you can discover a more serious side of Galveston’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. From public monuments commemorating historic events to 19th-century architecture to art galleries and museums, there is an abundance of art to explore in downtown Galveston.
I photographed this project in raw format using a Nikon D800 dSLR mounted on a Manfrotto tripod equipped with a Manfrotto ball head and a Wimberly C-12 quick-release clamp. Adobe Lightroom served as the retouching and raw conversion tool.
The black and white treatment of the daytime shot adds some artsy glamour to an otherwise drab, low-contrast scene.
Jeff Kauffman is an art photographer in Austin, Texas USA. His work has appeared worldwide in publications, art festivals, and commercial venues. Selected works are available for purchase from Jeff’s online art store as well as these fine-art and image licensing outlets.
- Limited Edition, signed original prints: Saatchi Art
- Publication and Stock Photography: Arcangel Images | Alamy
- Art for Corporate, Hospitality, and Interior Design projects: IndieWalls | Nine Dot Arts | Turning Art