Zócalo AIR 2020 Semi-Finalist
Colby Deal is a photographic artist born and raised in Houston, Texas and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from The University of Houston. Within his practice, he explores the culmination of elements of the psychological environment as well as the physical by combining street photography and portraiture to capture the essence of vibrant communities.
Colby is driven artistically by his pursuit to preserve characteristics of under sourced communities and people of color who are under explicit cultural erasure. Through photography and a family of mediums, his process of preservation serves as a vehicle to endorse actions of the future as a result of an intimate reflection of the past.
Through Colby's eyes, the texture of an elegant dress helps a mother reflect on her childhood and now she’s prompted of pearls to pass onto her daughter. A father informs his son about land ownership after viewing a photograph of an abandoned house. A piece of furniture reminds a grandchild of how grandmother took care of the entire family in her tiny home. Furthermore, at times when Deal has placed a piece of this art in the proper area of a community, self-appreciation and positive influence increased, and possibly the revenue of a small business next door because of curious traffic from social media postings.
"I’ve conducted a personal project of photographing and wheat pasting the images of community members from Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood the past two years. I placed them upon forgotten spaces, abandoned buildings and a few local businesses around the area and the impact was beyond what I’d imagined."
- Colby Deal