Capturing heartache and recovery in Texas
Photojournalist Erich Schlegel has traveled the globe capturing the human story in outdoor adventure for the better part of 30 years.
As a resident in Texas, Erich was able to follow the ShelterBox Response Team in Houston and other areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
HOUSTON, TX – Larry Koser, Jr., left, and his son Matthew look for important papers and heirlooms inside Larry Koser, Sr.’s house in the Bear Creek neighborhood in west Houston, Texas after it was flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017. The neighborhood flooded after water was release from nearby Addicks Reservoir.
HOUSTON, TX – The Martinez family evacuates the apartment complex they live in near the Energy Corridor of west Houston, Texas where high water coming from the Addicks Reservoir is flooding the area after Hurricane Harvey.
CROSBY, TX – ShelterBox set up privacy tents in the American Legion Post 658 as they respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Donald Koonce get a hug from friend Cindy Crow after moving into their “new houses.” They lived in the same mobile home park that was flooded by Harvey.
CROSBY, TX – ShelterBox set up privacy tents in the American Legion Post 658 as they respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Tamara Richards, 32 weeks pregnant, talks with ShelterBox Operations Team Lead Andrew Clark after moving into her “new house.”
FREEPORT, TX – ShelterBox set up privacy tents in the Riverplace Community Center as they respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Evacuee Kristopher L. Harris holds his daughter Ki’ Ara, 2, in the tent his family is staying in.
Erich Schlegel has a successful freelance photography and video career in Austin, Texas. Born in Monterrey, Mexico (fluent in Spanish), he lived throughout Latin America before moving to Texas in 1973. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in business with an emphasis in international business.
Erich has covered twelve Olympic Games, four Super Bowls, three FIFA World Cups, conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Albania, Zaire, and Sri Lanka. However, he favors assignments in Latin America where he has documented stories in Cuba, Mexico, and Central America.
Erich has won awards in World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Society of Newspaper Design, APME, and other national and regional competitions.
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