Basel is in the air in Wynwood. You can smell it in the air, literally. The smell of aerosol paint invades your nostrils as you approach the walls where street artists are applying their craft. Soon the streets of Wynwood will be crawling with activity as dozens of street artists converge on the city to renew the murals on our walls.Read More
This is my first time doing a print on acrylic and I'm very impressed with the result. Usually prints in general are much more impressive than just seeing them on the screen or a smart phone. But the combination of the large size, 4 feet wide, and the format resulted in a piece that I'm very proud of.Read More
I had a great shoot with Jenice in my pool a couple of days ago. She came over to Miami at the last minute and we shot until 4:00 AM. I am very happy with the results. This is one of the funnest images.Read More
I had another great photo shoot with Jenice last month. I hadn't been able to shoot with her for over a year, but it finally worked out and I'm very happy with the results. I love her spontaneity and creativity, we can literally turn any space into a studio.Read More
This is one of my favorite photos from a shoot in July 2016 of one of my favorite models, Jenice. She's very creative and naturally talented. I had brought this unicorn mask with me and we had used it the day before and had great fun shooting with it. We had already been shooting for a while when I suggested she put the mask on again. She did, but put it on backwards and suddenly there it was, what I wanted but hadn't planned for.Read More
Summer is the season for mangos so I did a shoot with Dita to celebrate mother nature's abundance. I usually prefer portraits in black and white but I didn't want to lose the vibrant color of the mango so I added the color of the mango back to the photo. See, you can have your mango and eat it too.
Here is a portrait of one of the cheetahs from Panther Ridge Conservation Center. These beautiful big cats purr just like their domesticated kin.
The culture in and around Wynwood isn't limited to graffiti and street art, there is a vibrant spoken word poetry scene and a lot of it is very good. I have photographed a few dozen of these performers and few if any have moved me as much as Mori Taiye did. As soon as I saw her in the crowd at Sisternity I was captivated by her presence but I was not prepared for the power of her words.Read More
Every year before July 4th Miami Springs has a classic car show at the circle on Curtiss Parkway. I love going there and photographing the lovingly maintained and restored classic cars.Read More
Spaint is a street artist from Guatemala. He has a very distinct and colorful style. I have seen a few pieces from him in Little Haiti and Wynwood.Read More
I abandoned my site a couple of years ago. I hadn't posted any updates here because between Facebook and Instagram I didn't have enough to worry about this site. I had been meaning to migrate to Squarespace 7 for sometime but I hadn't set time aside to do it.Read More
I am looking for people to participate in a long term project inspired by human resiliency, I am seeking people who have endured great stress in their lives to the print of breaking mentally, physically or emotionally and have been tempered by the experience. I was inspired to come up with the project by the Japanese art form of kintsugi.Read More
Art Basel attracts many talented muralists to Wywnwood and this year was no exception. This particular mural was executed by Starfightera and Anamarietta. Here you can see the boom lift that they used to paint the mural. Lifts are indispensible during Art Basel as it is impossible to paint a three story mural like this one without a lift or scaffolding.
One of my favorite places to photograph is Wynwood, and one of the most interesting times to photograph Wynwood is when Art Basel is in town. This year was no exceptipn and we had some talented artists come and create some amazing work. This is a shot of the Jose De Diego Middle School. Over 40 artists where invited to paint at the school to bring attention to it's lack of an art program. On the left side, behind the tree, there is a piece by Pixel Pancho. To the right, in the corner of the building there is a piece by MTO. The school is now covered in beautiful murals and has practially become an art museum.
Today at Shark Valley the grebes were running the show. They were very actice preening themselves and swimming back and forth looking for food. Usually they consume their catch too quickly for me to photograph them in the act but this one caught a small Florida gar which he could not swallow without a significant struggle. Unfortunately the grebe swam away to consume it's catch in private. I would have loved to see how the grebe managed to eat such a tough meal.
While sitting in my booth at an art show, this tiny spider dropped by. My Canon G9 is great for macro photography and its always by my side. I took out my G9, set it to macro mode and started snapping portraits. The spider was not the easiest of models to deal with, she kept turning away from the camnera and when it would get too close, she would jump on the lens. While the cropped photo is tiny, you can still see her cute little face. Snaps like these are why I always carry a camera with me. wherever I go.
One of my favorite subjects to photograph are light trails. This night my wife and I were returning from a function and she was driving her convertible with the top down. Without the roof in the way it is much easier to move around and get to frame the subject without parts of the car getting in the way. I always carry with me my Canon G9 so I took it out, set the camera for long exposures (about a second is good) and started snapping away. The resulting images were a bit noisy, but today's noise filtering software make it possible to reduce that sensor noise greatly. I found that shooting while we were driving in a straight line allowed me to keep the cars relatively still while still producing awesome light trails.
ARKive is a global initiative to locate and gather films, photographs and audio recordings of the world's species into one centralised digital library for the benefit of present and future generations. As such, it is sometimes described as the new Noah’s Ark, or the Noah’s Ark of the online era. (From Wikipedia)
I have donated the use of the image at left to The ARKive. It is now available at The ARKive's section on Green Herons.
Some of my photos will be participating in the Art at City Hall program in the city of Miami Springs. My photos will be exhibited in the lobby of the city hall during the month of August. There will be a small reception on Monday, August 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Here's the link for the event on FaceBook.
Last Thursday morning I took my photos to Miami Springs city hall. They are now hanging in the lobby where they will remain during the month of August.
So much of nature photography is luck, being in the right place at the right time, but it takes more than mere luck to get that special photo. This morning at Shark Valley the weather was cloudy and even though the forecast was for only 20% chance of rain, it felt more like 80%. Once every 20 or 30 minutes the sun would peek out from behind the clouds and shine upon us photographers and gathered beasts for a few short minutes before being hidden again by a large rain cloud. The rest of the fish that were killed by the week long cold snap at the start of the year are now too ripe even for the most determined vultures and alligators. The fetid smell of rotting fish carcasses permeates the air for yards around the spots where the current have gathered the decomposing cadavers. There were few birds flying by. The wood storks that were everywhere a week ago feasting on the dead exotic fish have moved on. Only a few hardy birds work the shore looking for the few remaining fish. It wasn't one of those days when it was wonderful to be in the Everglades. And then a snowy egret found a perch and started to preen itself. It didn't take more than a minute for the egret to pick through it's feathers and shake out the dirt, but in that minute I got images that made my day. Persistence and the skills to catch the moment when something happens made that “lucky” shot possible. In order to get lucky, I had to be there, in the rain and fetid air, ready to capture that magic moment.