My View of Houston: Ryan Francisco

Photo: Ryan Francisco

In “My View of Houston,” we feature a local photographer and their interpretation of the city through their lens. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Ryan Francisco.

My View of Houston

Samantha Bales leans against a wall looking out to the Houston city scape in a portrait from photographer Ryan Francisco. “This photograph represents the ‘New Houston,'” says Francisco. “A city that is growing with new opportunity and undergoing architectural changes at the same time.” The series as a whole represents the experience Francisco and Bales had roaming around Downtown Houston and having the opportunity to collaborate with one another in the city.

Self portrait of the artist

Francisco has been taking photographs since she was in the 2nd grade. It all started when her mother bought her a re-loadable point and shot film camera from Walgreens. However, it wasn’t until her second year at St. Edward’s University that she knew her life would become so heavily involved in the world of photography. “What I love about Houston is that it is a great home base for any artist to work and grow within,” she adds. Francisco focuses her work in taking photos of her friends involved in the thriving art/music scene in Houston. She seeks to capture natural light in her work, meeting new people she sees something within, and the desire to share with others.


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Nick Esquer has been in content creation since the age of 15 when he took his first job as a cub reporter for a local newspaper. Since then, he has earned a B.A. from Arizona State University in his native Phoenix, and an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte. He arrived in Houston in February 2013 when he assumed the position of assistant editor at Houston Modern Luxury magazine for more than a year.