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12-year-old photographer featured at show tonight

Twelve-year-old Jackson Potts' work will be featured at a gallery tonight at 29th Street Ballroom, along with bands and plenty of fun.

$2 Shows and Vivogig will be presenting 12 year-old Jackson Potts’ photography tonight at the 29th Street Ballroom. Contributing to the event will be local acts Zeale, Les Rav, Knifight, Kuumba Freeque and The Shears.

Jackson Potts is a protégé. His father Jack Potts, whose repertoire features the likes of Kobe Bryant and alternative rock kings Mutemath, has been developing Jackson’s eye for photography ever since he was able to hold a camera.

“My dad is a photographer, so he started teaching me when I was really young,” says Potts. Potts first received national attention with his “Station 7” photograph. Depicting a young child being mercilessly beaten by a police officer, the image was inspired by biblical themes and symbols.

“For almost six months, I thought of the parallel of Christ and the innocence of a child. I was also taking some art classes at a Catholic school that talked about symbolism,” Potts said.

Now Jackson has been sought by everyone. He has taken pictures for hipster dance punk groups STRFKR and Casiokids, and even started his own column titled “Mini Me.” “Mini Me,” which features kids who have extraordinary and interesting talents, has become an integral part of Houston magazine 002 Houston.

The photography that will be on display tonight is a part of Jackson’s “Rock and Roll Portraits” series. The collection will feature photographs of bands from a variety of genres. “One of the artists [I shot] is Benjamin Wesley. He thought it would be a good idea if I displayed [my work] and that is kind of how it kicked off,” says Potts in regards to “Rock and Roll Portraits.”

The exhibit is a collaborative effort between Potts, $2 Shows, Vivogig and Living Water International. Similar to $2 Shows, Vivogig is an Austin-based project that is focused on bringing fans and bands together. Living Water National is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the drinking water of various countries. Since the organization’s first trip to Kenya in 1990, Living Water International has since made it their goal to train, consult and equip people with the skills necessary to implement water projects.

A portion of the event’s proceeds will go towards Potts’ new project. Potts will be travelling to Africa next year, where he will photograph his experiences, and compile a coffee table book that will raise money for Living Water International. “I am really excited, but nervous too,” says Potts about his travelling to Africa.

The exhibit is one of many features for tonight’s event. There will be live art, video game competitions and live performances, including Austin’s youngest rock band, Residual Kids. The group, which consists of kids none older than 13, have caused a stir on the Austin music scene. They have performed at the Kids Are Alright Fest, the Mohawk and were recently featured on ABC’s 20/20.

The event is $2 and you are getting plenty of bang for your buck. Bands will begin performing at 8:30 and the music does not end until late in the night with Zeale. If you find yourself at 29th Street Ballroom, stop on by.