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Noon, Downtown Los Angeles.

On my way back from Pasadena, after wrapping up my show today, I stopped for a hot dog in downtown LA.

I got a ticket.

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Smart phone photography is fun

I stopped using my snapshot camera a year ago, a bit after I started using a smart phone. Up to that time I always carried one with me, it was usually a canon powershot.
These days I carry with me my phone/snapshot cam/music library/phonebook/portfolio/…. well, you get the idea.

The smart phone images are about as good as any snapshot camera, less the zoom capabilities.

I never use the phone’s digital zoom, I prefer to crop an image after taking it, that’s if I really need to. In order to satisfy my kink for constantly framing the world around me, the smart phone is a great solution.

The huge variety of cool apps out there is a bit confusing at first but I narrowed it down to two apps that I find are fun and helpful. The one I can’t do without is Thamba photo editor, it’s a feature rich “Photoshop” substitute, the other is LoMob which allows me to mimic different film styles. Here’s a couple of recent shots.

I shot the first one at my doorstep this resilient little thing was growing from the concrete two feet front of my door. I consider it lucky even though it has only three leaves. I shot he fire hydrant a couple of blocks from my house.


Minerva

Here’s another image from my current exhibition, she’s called Minerva, She’s named after the German factory that made her, around 1910.

It looks like someone tried to restore her paint job many years ago, pretty badly I must say, I find that it’s adding character to her, well that and her teeth.

Minerva
Minerva

I’m currently showing Minerva and other images from the “Dannah’s Toys” series at:

Sabor 2 Café 708 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena. 91101

from November 16 to December 31. The place is open every day from 7AM to 9PM.

If you’d like to meet me there please drop me a line and we can hang out.


“Dannah’s Toys” exhibition

I’ll be showing my latest toy series at:

Sabor 2 Café
708 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena. 91101

from November 16 to December 31.
The place is open every day from 7AM to 9PM.

Since there’s not going to be an official opening, if you’d like to meet me there please drop me a line and we can hang out.

Fella

Fella


Wind I, II & III

Sometimes it feels as if all the elements in nature just try to please you.

It was a wonderful and exiting afternoon, and by the time I left the scene I had these three Images. there is no compositing or complicated photo manipulation here, these compositions needed only a few minor darkroom enhancements (dodging and burning).

Wind I

Wind I

Wind II

Wind II

Wind III

Wind III

This is a diagram I made to figure out the sizes and the way I wanted the images to be hung.

Proportions diagram for wind

Proportions diagram for wind

This is a photo I snapped with my phone for documentation purposes, after hanging the prints in the gallery.

Wind series hanging in gallert

Wind series hanging in gallery


Box Baby

Handling this little old celluloid baby, while setting up the shot, made me think about the child who first received it as a present.

Was it for Christmas, or a birthday, or just because she/he was the apple of their parents eyes. It made me think about the happiness it brought them, little sparkles of joy on their life’s timeline, and how they are probably no more… and the home of this and other toys I shoot, is a box or a drawer.

I’m happy I can put it in the spotlight again.

Box Baby

Box Baby


Roadside survivors II

Growing up as a photographer, I found Irving Penn to be an amazing master to learn from, I was studying his images very carefully hoping to become a better photographer.

Among many observations, I found his trash images to be a great inspiration as for choosing your subjects. This is a humble homage to a truly great master.

I’ve found these shards a few years ago on the road, right by the curb, it seemed to be a worthy subject. In my car, I happened to have one of these thick brown envelops, I scooped the fragments in, insect wings and all, and drove away. This envelope was a home for these fragments until yesterday.

Drink responsibly and Don't litter.

I love glass.

 


The Horror

This is the horrifying story of little miss Muffet, brought to you in the shape of a little night lamp from the 50’s.

Little Miss Muffet-full
Little Miss Muffet-full
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.


lil’ hoedown

A cheerfully colored silly little band, this lil’ Abner windup toy from 1945 was assembled from a few sources since there are not many complete sets available. I didn’t want to neglect the back side of the piano because it’s pretty sweet and has Oleman Mose drawn on it (quite pleaz!), so I decided to compose it in the background, toning it down so it will not overwhelm the main subject.

lil' hoedown

lil' hoedown


Scribbling in smoke III

The brain is always searching for recognizable patterns, it wants to make sense of what’s presented to it.

When working with abstract materials,  what I do is help my brain uncover the obscure and bring it forward.

Crossing over

Crossing over