Women's March on New York City

Women's March on New York City

On January 21, 2017, Americans from across the country took part in one of the most historical events in this nations rich history. With some cities seeing over five hundred thousand demonstrators, marching in support for equality and promoting civil rights. The country came together in solidarity to create one unified voice and marched to beat of justice and freedom. The way this country was founded. 

More images from the event HERE

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Family Faces

Happy Thursday guys, I just wanted to give you all an update on my family portrait project that I began last weekend. Some long distance relatives came to see my mother run her first NYC Marathon and I took the opportunity to take portraits while they were over. The project is still a work in progress as my family is quite large. Either way here are some scans of the images taken with my Mamiya Rz67ii and Fujifilm FP-100c for the meantime.

Fujifilm FP-100c, 2016

Now I'm off to develop the 120 film. I'll update you all soon!
- José

In the Red October Sky

In the Red October Sky

"...As our plane climbed to the our desired elevation the Autumn colors were stained onto the landscape. Our cockpit created the perfected venue for natures show. We looked on with the sound of our propeller buzzing and the remaining sun light sneaking into the corner of our eyes..."

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Welcome to Dogwood City, U.S.A

     Five hours in airports with one layover in Charlotte, and an hour drive to a rural Georgia motel later I was in Dogwood City. 

Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

     Dogwood City, City in the Forest, HOT-Lanta, all nicknames for Atlanta, Georgia. I spent the remainder of the night after arriving catching up with old friends who all made the similar trip from various parts of New York state to watch a buddy get married. 

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     When the sun rose in Atlanta the next day, half of us went to help with last minute wedding preparations and the other half had the day to ourselves. We had time to kill until everyone returned, so we did the best way we knew how. By visiting the local department store and buying some necessities. 

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     Our exploration of the area was cut short once we had our fill of the humid thick Georgia heat and opted to take the remainder of the hours off and jump into the chlorinated bath at the motel. The water burned my eyes but it did do its job to break the heats grip on my skin. 

Elizabeth taking a quick dip in Dogtown City, Georgia.

Elizabeth taking a quick dip in Dogtown City, Georgia.

     Fast forward to the next day and it was time to get ready for the reason we all left our city in the New York. It was time to watch a friend get married in the Peach State, and experience my very first wedding in the state of Georgia. Luckily the ceremony was on the shorter side, and allowed me to capture some nice scenes with the southern sun setting back behind the hills that made up the farm. 

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     After the wedding, we packed our things the following morning and all made our trip to Atlanta. Nothing ends a trip to Dogtown City, Georgia like visiting the marine life of the Georgia Aquarium.

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     Aquariums hold a special place in my heart, with my younger self having a strong curiosity of the oceans ecosystem. With that, I say so long, HOT-Lanta, Dogtown City, Atlanta. Duces. 

NYC Summer Is Similar to the Loud Upstairs Neighbor

     Today began on a less exciteful note compared to my usual days off. The summer heat had already begun its rounds of entering our windows with its humid and thick persona. Waking me up thirsty and lacking any drive to continue my recent still life project started the day before. So I spent much of my morning in boxers and painfully drinking my much needed coffee brewed with beans from Puerto Rico.

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     As nostalgia set in from the coffee reminiscent of the same my grandmother would use on her farm in Puerto Rico, I had another look through my recently acquired book "Drugstore Camera". A book that I received as a gift for my 27th birthday. I had only given it a single look through before, since receiving it on May 5th and I felt it needed another look. As I gripped it's textured sides, I said to myself "I need to make a photo book."

     "You know, our eyes are hungry all the time, and they have to be fed with color and light and flesh and humor. So you have to keep feeding your eyes and your soul with art and poetry and films and people having fun. Having fun is an art too, you know." -D.H.

     "You know, our eyes are hungry all the time, and they have to be fed with color and light and flesh and humor. So you have to keep feeding your eyes and your soul with art and poetry and films and people having fun. Having fun is an art too, you know." -D.H.

     I've always made books for myself, in 1-2 issues. A practice I enjoyed doing, because I felt it allowed my images to properly fill the viewers eyes and get my point across. So with this new inspiration, I am having my first large quantity seriesmade. "The Brooklyn Riviera" will be a tangible series. Thank You Dennis Hopper.

 The Brooklyn Riviera, 2015 

 The Brooklyn Riviera, 2015 

A Bazaar Night in Flushing Queens

     I traveled to Flushing, Queens on an empty stomach and slight headache. I had an odd rational that going to a giant public market in NYC would lead to my belly being full and help ease away my headache. The New York Hall of Science was the destination and the food could be smelt from blocks away. 

     The food stands were packed with lines creating its own bazaar fun house-esque atmosphere. Its wall consisted of bodies bouncing off bodies and the sound of children's laughter echoing above the average height of the crowd. The large crowds made it hard for me to enjoy the meals that were producing all the smells in the air. My night wasn't a total loss, even though I wasn't able to eat some of the delicious jerk chicken or elotes being grilled in front of me I was able to capture some interesting expressions from the crowd. 

     I look forward to attending another night this summer. I am determined to get my hands on some of the delicious entrées, and the people watching is one of the best in NYC. If you're a street photographer, this is a must do. Until next time!

-José