Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Power of the Lens

We move so fast that we often take for granted the details surrounding. If you slow down and take a closer look, you'll find the difference. The lens never lies, it owns the moment.


8.5x11 Prints
Queens, NY



Food Finds Life Through Oil, non-fried.

Attention foodlovers, fellow fatasses and non-believers.. Behold the remarkable work by Luigi Benedicenti, these are REAL oil paintings, not photographs!! Amazing.

Unconvinced? Check out more delectable items here





A Royal Feast

I know everyone is over hearing about the royal wedding, myself included. Well my aunt from Suffolk is in town for the month and she wanted to partake in the regal festivities while away from home. How you ask? She spent the day cooking a 15 course meal... for 5 people. She made an assortment of both ethnic and English dishes (the good kind) including real fish n' chips and custard with pie. Yes, she even arranged the floral centerpieces herself with pickings straight from our garden. British Pride.


Friday, April 29, 2011

I am not a photographer

But my friend Cliff is. He dropped by today and I had a chance to view his portfolio, it inspired me to go back and look into mine. It's important to surround yourself around artistic minds, maintain the creative momentum.

These are some black & white prints I shot with my Dad's 30+ yr old 35mm.
I developed these about 4 years ago, and have not been in a darkroom since. The process is rather involved but there is something supremely therapeutic about developing your own film, finding your way through the chemicals and watching your images comes to life. Magic. 











Past shots by Cliff, me in black & white.













Sunday, April 24, 2011

Love

My friend Patrick is a blossoming filmmaker. Enjoy.

Happy Easter.


 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

From Trees to Fabric

Obsessing over the reclaimed tree bark fabrics from Uganda on source4style. They come from mutuba trees cultivated on eco-certified farms.

Construction is half the battle, fabrication makes or breaks the design.

Click on a swatch and scroll down to read the process; http://source4style.com/premiumsearch/?c=tree-bark
The textures are unreal. Inspiration.

Semana Santa en Guatemala

Semana Santa, Holy Week, is taking place right now in my beloved old home of two years. I found old photos of my family's trip to Lake Atitlan in '95. We went on a week-long mission to the Lake with the Pan Divers organization to help clean up the pollution in the water and all over the surrounding areas.


My brother and I in our Pan Divers tees


The religious festivities there are well known for their remarkable carpets made of dyed sawdust, alfombras de aserrí­n, which are created on the streets along processional routes. They are offered as a sacrifice for the holy processions that will tread on and destroy these fantastic creations. Once a procession has gone by, the remains are cleaned and almost immediately residents may begin to build yet another carpet in anticipation of the next procession. It is amazing to watch the collective creative effort and dedication of a community in making something so beautiful yet so temporary.



Chichicastenango market with Doña Nora & locals
Sisters


BBQ in our backyard with family & friends, me in blue ;)





Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paper Mirage

I wish I could fall asleep in here. Watch the beauty unravel.. it is breathtaking.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Color & Sound Harmony

If the sound of a beautiful melody radiated color, I would picture it to appear this way...

Burning City

Suffocating at the sight and thought of pollution. Help heal the environment.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Reflection

Take a closer look within. You may notice the flaws but always count your blessings.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lac Rose

Suddenly reminded of Lac Rose, also known as Lake Retba. My mother took my brothers and I here when we used to live in Dakar. It is a true natural phenomenon.  The lake has a stunning pink-purple color, due to it's incredibly high cyanobacteria & salt content, which changes depending on the time of day and position of the sun in the sky. Mother Nature is flawless.





18x24 Gouache

Thursday, April 7, 2011