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Phodigraphy

Sunflowers at Hopewood

Wherever I am, There’s always something that catches my eye as frame worthy, Using my smart-phone to capture these shots may be challenging at times since I’m limited to the phone’s wide-angle lens, But I love a good challenge, And after all, The best camera is the one you have at hand! I shot these beautiful sunflowers at “Hopewood”,  My friend Jamie’s new concept B&B in Hollywood, California.

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Peace and Dove

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.

Peace and Dove


Phodigraphy.com is online

I’m happy to announce that my new site http://phodigraphy.com is now online!
My aim was to combine my website and blog, and make it easier for people to contact me, so I did.
All future blog entries will appear both here and on the new site, so if you’re already subscribed to this blog nothing will change for you, If you like the new design better you can register to it on http://phodigraphy.com .
I can’t leave without posting a new image, and what’s better for a spring entry than a child playing in a wheat field?

Spring


Tech kids

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.

Tech girl

Tech girl

After a few smiles to the camera she was drawn into the computer and didn’t mind the camera anymore.

Tech girl

Tech girl

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.


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


Exploration in portraiture

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.


Harvey revisited

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.

Harvey revisited

Harvey revisited

 


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


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.