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Colombia

As some of you know I have been doing a bit of traveling lately. In the beginning of June I was in Colombia with a non-profit client. It was supposed to be an observational trip but of course I had to bring “a” camera and was able to do quite a bit of shooting both in Bogota and Cartagena. “A” camera pretty much means an arsenal, including a new purchase, the Leica M with a 50mm f1.4. I won’t be reviewing the camera in this post, that will come after a bit more time in my hands. Safe to say the Fuji might be taking a rest!

In class I show movies about journalists like Nachtwey and National Geo men and woman like Jodi Cobb, photographers that make images that change the world. I now have a glimpse into what it takes to make those kinds of images. I’ll have another opportunity later this month in Uganda and Rwanda to follow their footsteps and see how I fair.

My plan… go with an open heart, mind and lens.

The images below are some street images and a few friends I made along the way. There are many more images of the courageous Men and Women that are lifting themselves out of poverty to create a better life for themselves, their families and communities, but you’ll have to way to see those…

Thank you so much Adele Nandan and Brian Olarte Cashin.

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SF Drag Queens at their best and….. “Its for the children”……

I had the pleasure of shooting for my sister’s non-profit, Friends of Harvey Milk (http://www.friendsofharveymilk.org) at the Swig Bar, Union Square (http://www.swig-bar.com).  One of their fundraisers is a drag show, ya I know only in San Francisco!  Great event and all the money collected goes to the help San Francisco schools.  Highlight was a SF Police Sergeant in full uniform got on stage for a lap dance and proceeded to pull out her hand cuffs to play along with the show, as I said only in San Francisco!

Great talent, generous audience and a wonderful venue.

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Music Music Music

I would have never guessed that Music would be the theme for my spring break trip.  I guess other then drinks to go, it is what New Orleans is known for after all.  Of the several thousand images, these are the ones that have risen to the surface for one reason or another.  Still can’t seem to see in color, no matter how hard I try.

p.s. also rekindled my love affair with the Fuji x100

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Pigs, Gators and the Go Pro

 

I’m thinkin’ the Go Pro is the most revolutionary camera since the smart phone.  Super wide angle, have no idea what is included or excluded in the frame.  Can be mounted anywhere and provide a most unique point of view.   It has created a whole industry of mounts parts…. this gadget or that gadget.  The camera is at a price point that makes it expendable, if it happens to fall off of the car or into the ocean or eaten by a gator of well!

I think we have only begun to see what these new tools will provide the next generation of image makers, and story tellers.  The future’s so bright…….DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO

 

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Inspired by Turnley

On a recent trip to New Orleans I found myself thinking about Peter Turnley and his new book “French Kiss – A Love Letter from Paris”. Guess it gave me permission to connect with the helpless romantic inside me, or maybe it was New Orleans!

Just so happens they he and I share the same birth date…..

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