Best in Dallas: Photojournalist Richard Andrew Sharum Reveals One-Of-A-Kind Local Gems

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Today, our #BestInDallas list gets even better! Photojournalist and street photographer, Richard Andrew Sharum shares his favorite spots around the Metroplex including cajun delights, artistic obsessions, and more – including a spot to check out wild birds of prey right here in Dallas.

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You’ve probably seen the work of Richard around Dallas, his work is literally hanging on a few of the buildings downtown today – friendly remnants of last year’s #ObserveDallas2015 photography project. Self-described as not only a photojournalist/street photographer, but a lover of science, history, art, and books (but only non-fiction) as well, he started a project called Observe Dallas a few years ago in hopes to inspire budding photographers and Dallas dwellers alike to photograph and document their surroundings.  This year, Richard is continuing the photography project by inviting local photographers to attend a special Master Class Workshop and student exhibition this August, sponsored and hosted by one of the buildings who trusted Richard enough to drill holes in their building large enough to hang giant photographs from. Hoping to inspire others to join together and foster a stronger documentary-style photography community here the Big D, he has some big ideas for Dallas and we doubt this will be his last. Interested parties can apply to be a part of this year’s project by tomorrow, July 20.

Read on for Richard’s Best In Dallas list, featuring his favorite spots to grab cajun food on the go, great art finds, and more – including where to spot wild birds of prey right here in Dallas!

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Bargain Hunter: Kettle Art Gallery

Featuring works of art from upcoming talent in Dallas, Deep Ellum’s Kettle Art Gallery is your one-stop destination for creative gifts and home décor finds. “It’s a great place to find that perfect piece that will be worth a whole lot more than you paid for one day,” said Richard of the gallery.

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Foodie Favorite: Offshore’s Nextdoor

According to Richard, Offshore’s Nextdoor lives up to its catchphrase as the “best Cajun restaurant and bar in Dallas.” The seven-year-old restaurant on Audelia Rd. is known for its low-key atmosphere, funky vibe, and tasty fried asparagus and seafood baskets. The photographer is charmed by the restaurant’s “great homemade cajun food, great owners, and good beer.” Besides delicious down-to-earth Creole bites, the atmosphere of a boathouse brings the seashore to your next door.

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Artistic Addiction: Dan Colcer

Visual artist Dan Colcer is well-known in Dallas-Fort Worth for bringing surrealist tattoo-like images to life, often in the form of large murals, painted planter boxes portraying the likes of Hunter S. Thompson and the convertible Cadillac from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and paintings that adorn the walls of Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum. “They contain thought, surprises, and good old-fashioned craftsmanship,” Richard shared with us when chatting about the artist’s whimsical, abstract style. He even owns one of his pieces, which he hang proudly in his home.

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Decor Destination: Local Creators

“I like buying furniture from local people who craft it,” Richard told us. “Like my recent coffee table made by two guys who collect dead trees on White Rock Lake and turn hem into furniture.” Keep local designers on your radar per Richard’s suggestion and ours -you can collect unique, one-of-a-kind pieces from rising talent in Dallas that will last you a lifetime and carry more personal sentiment than something you buy from IKEA. Search Etsy, along with other sites, events, and shops that sell items from local creators.

A Eurasian eagle owl looks at students from a local school after the release of a 5-month-old red-tailed hawk September 29, 2010 in New York's Central Park. Wildlife rehabilitators and park rangers showed various birds during a program for two elementary school classes. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Brain Candy: Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

If you’re looking for a fun and educational place to visit, consider taking a trip to the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center – and it’s kid-friendly! The center is dedicated to environmental preservation by educating the public and helping conserve birds of prey and wildlife in their natural habitat. “It’s a fantastic place to see some awesome predators and the people who give everything to take care of them,” Richard told us of one of his favorite spots to hang with his daughter Violet.

Images courtesy of individual retailers, InchesMilesMoments.com, KVIL CBS Local, Pinterest, PhotoNorthAmerica.com, and RichardAndrewSharum.com.

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