I been starring at my computer for almost an hour, not sure how to start this post. It's almost unbelievable that I'm even writing this. When I started this blog 2-3 years ago, it was for my own personal enjoyment. I needed a place where I could express myself artistically with images and words. Never did I imagine it would lead to me hosting my very own photography exhibit. I owe it all to every single person out there that pushed me forward and always reminded me how much my work meant to them.Read More
I don't do much driving, so I tend to use public transportation a lot. Everything from trains to taxis. Meeting new people has become somewhat of a routine for me. I'm always fishing for a good story. Which is why i enjoy photographing people so much. I've learned that we all want to tell our story to someone. So I recently struck up a conversation with an Uber driver that I felt the need to share with you all.Read More
A few years a go I had the privilege of traveling to San Pedro de Macoris (Dominican Republic) for a week. I was there to attend my aunt's wedding but of course I had to turn it into my own little photography project. On my third day there I came across this amazing soul. She was so humble & loving. I was informed recently that she has passed away and is no longer with us. I wanted to end this year by honoring her in this post. Moments like these remind me why it's so important for me to capture the people around me. We just never know when our last day is at hand. Blessings to all!
I've known Miwe since we were kids. Today he is known as one of Boston's best promoters. Which is why when he came to me with this project, I didn't think twice about it. He planned out 5 different nights of partying, over his birthday week. My job? Document it!Read More
What began as a form of personal creative therapy, has grown into a brand of creativity. When I started this blog I did not expect it to take me as far as it has. I can only imagine what the future has in store for me. Considering all the attention my work has been receiving recently, I figured it was the perfect time to slow down & THANK YOU all for the constant support.Read More
Every time I walk around the city with my camera I meet new people. Some old, some young. Some rich, some poor. I have a gift of getting stories out of people. This past weekend was no different.
I was in the middle of a session with a model, for my Dead Roses project, when Junior approached me. He asked questions about my camera & what exactly I was doing in Chinatown. I shared some of my pictures with him & got to talking. We happen to be from the same neighborhood in Boston & even shared common friends.
Midway through our conversation, he shared his scar with me. Pointing out why he isn't worthy of a picture. I told him that every scar we carry comes with a story. That's when he told me about his fight with cancer & how he survived it. He said I can take a picture of his scar but with two conditions: I can't show his face & I have to share it with the world. Of course I agreed.
I first took to poetry in high school. It started off as a class assignment & quickly grew into one of my favorite forms of expression. A little less than a year ago I started sharing my pieces on my social media accounts. It didn't take long for me to see how much people enjoy reading them. Since then people have been asking me to publish my work. Which led to me wanting to create something amazing. It is with great joy that I announce the coming of Dead Roses. It'll be a compilation of short poetry pieces. This work of art will revolve around my all time favorite emotion: LOVE. There's a dark rawness to love that I want to highlight. Which is why I chose the title to be what it is. Roses are a universal symbol for love; but even roses die & change color with time. This does not mean that they seize to be beautiful. It just means we must accept the changes that have been brought forth with time. Which is an amazing experience in itself.
I will be sharing more details with you all as they come clear to me. I am currently working day & night with an incredible team trying to make this a reality for us all. We are certain that we will be launching the publication in the first quarter of the year 2016. Other details are being finalized as I type this post. Once again, thanks for your constant support.
I was teaching a friend of mine a few things about photography. You know- the basic. She urged me to share some tips on my blog. I figured it'll help someone. I hope this article is helpful next time you pick up your camera.
1. Know Your Equipment
I'll never forget reading an article that explained how in some countries, pointing a camera at someone is as hostile as pointing a gun. That gave me a brand new perspective on approaching individuals in the street while photographing. I've come to learn that people are more willing to take a picture after you've shared words with them. The smallest conversation can help them feel comfortable once you begin to shoot. This has also blessed me with the opportunity of hearing some amazing stories.
This has to be one of my favorite tips. Let's keep it simple: STUDY + RESEARCH. If you're traveling somewhere, do research on the place. What makes it different? Any special or historical locations in the area? If your couple, get to know them. What do they like? Where did they meet? Having extra information about your subject with help you capture images that tell a story.
Please comment below & share your opinion. Blessings!
I first crossed paths with Brujo Live many years ago. He's always been a talented lyricist in the Boston area. His music is heard nationwide & in Latin countries throughout the world. We've been able to build a friendship throughout the last few years. Recently, after a photography session, I decided to ask him a few questions.
Q. What inspires you to create music?
Q. Think back to when you first started writing music- what is different about you today?
Q. What should your listeners expect from you this upcoming Fall & Winter?
I've attended & worked at about seven comic conventions thus far. Each one has been an experience of it's own. After the first few I've learned that you never know exactly what to expect at these events. But during my second time in Philadelphia, I came across Zane Wylie. Nothing could have prepared me for that moment.
Yes, you are looking at real Human skulls that have been carved into works of art. Zane is a respected Master Skull Carver. We shared an interesting conversation. I couldn't help but ask him 1,000 questions. In case you're wondering, this is a perfectly legal. He purchases the skulls from archeologists or businesses that sell to medical schools. His work was featured on the TV series Constantine.
He does have them for sale on his website. You also have the option of purchasing a replica, if owning a real Human skull bothers you a bit. Which is understandable. I find his work to be amazing & extremely creative. Talk about Think & Create.
This is Daniel. An amazing human being & a client of mine. Not too long ago, we worked together on pictures for his business website. About a week after that, on Mother's Day, he shared a message on his social media to his biological Mother, whom he never met, that touched me deeply. With his permission, I share it with you all.
"Never met you mom, never had the chance to be held by you or to get to know you. You had demons to battle and unselfishly, you gave me up so I would be spared your life. I want you to know where ever you are, what ever you are doing, you are special to me and more then good enough. I'll never judge you, I'll never hurt you like others have, you're my mother and I'm grateful for life, come home you've been through enough, forgive yourself, I've forgiven you. I love you mom, who ever you are, where ever you are, in this life or the next, we will meet and embrace!"
People like Daniel make it easy for me to appreciate everything & everyone around me. Sometimes life unfolds in ways we cannot explain or even begin to understand. The key is to understand we are supreme spiritual beings having a human experience. Accepting what is brings peace to the mind & soul. May this post change your perspective on life, for the better. Always for the better.
|photo credit: Dante Luna|
|photo credit: Dante Luna|
|photo credit: Dante Luna|
It was a nice day outside. Most people would consider it cold but for us Bostonians, it was warm (high 40s). I had just wrapped up a photo session with one of my clients when I decided to take a stroll around the city. I barely walked two blocks up State Street before I came across Kathleen. Her eyes spoke to me before her lips could even shed a word. I quickly got comfortable on the sidewalk & began talking with her. Listening to her every word. She has to be one of the kindest souls I've ever had the privilege of crossing paths with.
She told me she was 62 years old & that I'm the same age as her son. I smiled when she said, "you're just a baby with a camera". She shared with me stories of when she served in the final years of the Vietnam War. At this point she showed me an injury she suffered while in service (image above). She almost lost her right leg due to an explosion. Although she was lucky enough to save it, she still suffers minor complications while walking.
We spoke a lot about Florida. My parents live there & she loves the hot climate. She made it a point that she is in the process of hitchhiking her way down South. I could hear the conviction behind her words. According to Kathleen, the only thing holding her back was not being able to find a man with guts to tag along with her. Before I left she guaranteed me she will make it one way or another. She even promised to look up my site when she arrives (Hi Kathleen!). I wished her a safe journey & gave her some money to help her out at the moment.
If you see her, lend her a hand & put it on my tab. Don't forget that sometimes the softest souls live in the shadows. Blessings!