In my travels to Israel I get to stay sometimes with the Fox family, Howard Fox is a good friend, an amazing painter and a very interesting guy, His lovely wife and two kids are making every stay a joy and yes, They have a dog and a picket fence.
I was going over some images today while checking Adobe Lightroom 4’s new development module and saw this picture, I shot it in Howard’s studio, So I gave it some love and added a little logo to it.
This weekend I was visiting a friend whom I used to ride with, he moved his horses from a ranch to his back yard a few weeks ago so I went to see the new tenants.
Being around horses is very special, these herbivores are beautiful and are among my favorite subjects.
While shooting portraits of her mom, this sweet 5-year-old wanted some camera attention. As soon as her Mom left to change for the next set, I asked her to come up to the set and pretend she’s Mommy, she knew exactly what to do.
After a few smiles to the camera she was drawn into the computer and didn’t mind the camera anymore.
Climbing trees and playing outdoors were my favorite activities when I was this kid’s age, My fascination with computers started when I was well into my 20’s. For the last 10 years I build and keep up all my computers and love doing that.
I didn’t find computers very practical for myself untill Photoshop 3 came out. Looking at these images made me think whose childhood is more fulfilling, the tree climbers or the tech kids? I don’t have an answer for that.
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.
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.
I’ll be showing my latest toy series at:
Sabor 2 Café
708 East Colorado Blvd.
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.
I was invited to shoot a portrait of my friend Alice O’Kieffe who’s a writer, in her home in Southern California. I initially thought of a “writer at work” setup. Looking at the yard and considering the natural indirect light, we set up a writing area outside, where the natural light was hitting the background just right while giving me a well silhouetted subject to light up with my flash unit.
The nature of the connection (or disconnection) between the subject and the camera is what remains forever and defines how the subject connects to anyone who will ever see the image, that is the most important thing that makes an effective portrait and can’t be faked. To find that connection, exploration is very important and since this kind of session don’t usually have a predetermined layout, together with directing, walking around and exploring the subject while shooting helps finding the sought after frame.
While packing up the equipment, I noticed that Alice went and set in another part of the yard where the natural light looked perfect to me, so I shot a few more images, you can see one of my favorites below.
I guess Harvey was a baby too. This rubber rabbit is shown here with two celluloid children dolls from the 1920’s. Well, it’s not really Harvey but these two children celluloid dolls are real and are estimated to be from the 1920’s. I love these free hand, painted facial features, since it’s hand applied and had to be drawn fast, it may express anything from sweetness to shear horror.
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).
This is a diagram I made to figure out the sizes and the way I wanted the images to be hung.
This is a photo I snapped with my phone for documentation purposes, after hanging the prints in the gallery.
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.
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.