Downs & Towns business features the life and work of Houston Vandergriff. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, Houston is a member of the Southern Appalachia Nature Photographers and the International Travel Writers and Photographers Association (ITWPA).
He earned his Photography Certification at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in June 2019. He has also taken photography classes in Paris and the South of France. He is currently pursuing UT’s Advanced Photography Certification.
As a globe-trotting photographer, Houston has traveled to 47 states and 22 countries, spreading goodwill and awareness. His destinations have included Iceland, which has a nearly 100% abortion rate for babies diagnosed with Down syndrome.
He serves on the board of the non-profits, “Beloved, Empowering Women” and on the board of the Sunshine Ambassadors, a dance troupe for individuals with special needs.
Houston is comfortable on both sides of the camera and has been signed with Talent Trek Agency since he was 6 years old. He has appeared in print and film, including feature films, national and international ad campaigns, and even a billboard.
His photography has been showcased in a solo show at the Disability Resource Center, at the 2019 Disability Mega Conference, and his images were selected to be featured in the Arts issue of Breaking Ground magazine. He is one of the founding artists, and the solo photographer, to be represented at the Inspiration Gallery in Perth, Scotland. His award-winning photographs have been published in multiple magazines.
Houston’s hope is to use his photography to inspire and educate.