Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Want to check out some great artwork created by Puerto Rican artists? Enjoy some of the best food? Listen to music? Join me and my fellow artists at Christmas in July Summerfest in Waukegan this weekend. Presented by the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Puerto Rican…

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Creek Gallery

  I’m excited to be taking part in Creek Gallery hosted by Willow Creek Crystal Lake. Opening night is Friday, July 11  from 6-9. For more information please check out http://www.xculturearts.com/creekgallery.html. The piece that I will have displayed until July 27th  is “Lights and Darks” printed on…

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Cheating on film

Besides the look of film, I also like how a classic camera feels. Not a lot of plastic, manual controls and things just fall in place. Well as of the past few months I feel like I am cheating on my film cameras. I become…

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Too many “How To’s”. Not enough “Why’s”

Personally I think that the photography world is filled with too many blog posts that explain “how to”. Yes a how to is an important part of learning your camera, developing, your software and using gear, but shouldn’t there be more. Why should I use…

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Marketing

Ask yourself, what is the difference between a famous photographer and an unknown one? 15 years ago did you know who Vivan Maier was? Why had you never heard of this now famous photographer? It is all about marketing. The difference between a famous photographer…

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Anticipation

One of the greatest skills for a street photographer is the ability to anticipate.  Picking out a stage, knowing who the players are and how the scene will unfold is crucial to capturing exactly what you envisioned. For this photo in the old part of…

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Alone on a Bridge

“Alone on a Bridge” Sometimes I feel alone. I am a Puerto Rican born in Chicago, I am a Chicagoan living in the suburbs, I am a hispanic living amongst anglos. Where do belong? Art is a look inside the heart and soul of the…

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Color?

Mark today down in history, I am doing something that I rarely do and even more rarely admit to. I’m posting color photos. Yes I’ll admit every once in a while a photo needs to be in color. I learned to shoot film on black…

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Protests

Protests just seem to find me. I don’t go looking for them, but they must be looking for me. I enjoy walking around cities and feeling the life that each individual cities have. In San Juan, Puerto Rico last week I was doing just such…

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Practice

Whenever I plan to do some street photography, I practice. How do I go about getting some practice in? I chase around my daughters, inside, outside, playing, on the move, on their bikes, I just let them do what they will always do. I just…