100 Creatives

100 Creatives 2013: Lou Vest, Photographer

Photographer Lou Vest, well-known for his series of Houston Ship Channel images, is looking for an ice cream truck. A professional ship pilot (he steers cargo ships from the Ship Channel to the open sea and back again), Vest regularly sees things few other Houstonians see - the sunrise over the channel, the mountains of cargo being moved and the extraordinary people who bustle across the gritty docks and boat decks. Several years ago, Vest was working on the channel when he saw an ice cream truck drive onto the docks. Several burly workers bought Popsicles and sat down for a break. "That was such a great image," he tells us. "The ice cream truck, the workers each with different colored Popsicles. I thought, 'Wow, I wish I had a camera.' Now I do."

Vest says he's never seen the ice cream truck again. "But I look for it every once in a while," he laughs.

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