Ballerina at Anna Hiss Gym

Since I was young, I always loved driving through old parts of town to see pretty houses and imagine what it was like to live in them decades ago. When I went to college, my love for old architecture expanded to university buildings.  I was lucky enough to be a public relations major at Texas State University, and all our classes were held in the original university building erected in 1899, called Old Main.   Original, thin glass windows, rusted window panes, weathered bricks and antique wrought iron staircase railings were the things I loved most about Old Main.

I am primarily a portrait photographer, but at the end of 2015 I was feeling like I was in a bit of a creative slump. As I was scrolling through Facebook, I came across an event a friend of mine was hosting at the University of Texas. He graduated a few years ago, and took a few dance classes at Anna Hiss Gym, which, come to find out, is destined for tear-down. I knew I had to photograph it.

Anna Hiss Gym was built at the University of Texas in 1931, and has housed countless dance classes over the years. To some, it may look creepy and decrepit, but to me, it is rich with history, it just happens to have not been kept up very well.

Faye, the dancer in the photos, is a high school junior from Georgetown, who graciously volunteered her skills for the shoot. It is so good for my creative soul to get out and shoot things I love, and not just shoot for profit. This was one of those days where I walked away invigorated, and quietly hoping the best for this beautiful building.