Hey everyone I'm sorry for the lack of updates on the Journal the past couple of weeks. I have been working exclusively on my long term documentary project and haven't had an opportunity to branch out and find other stories until just recently.
This past week I had the opportunity to spend the day with my friend Hector Rene Membreno-Canales a member of the United States Army Reserve and Iraq War Veteran. Following in his fathers footsteps, Hector pursued a career in the military where he would go to serve in the Iraq War and use photography as a way to document his experiences for the US Army and himself. After his tour he used the G.I. Bill to make his move from his home town of Allentown Pennsylvania to New York City and pursue his creative passion in the photographic outlet. Now pursuing his MFA in Dept of Art and Art History at Hunter College, Hector has been using his spare time to work on contemporary photography projects. Below are some portraits I took of Hector -
We spent the day driving to Fort Dix, in New Jersey to continue Hectors current photography project on out of commission US military vehicles. Under the canopies protecting the vehicles from the bright, hot sun are the Cold War era vehicles that have been taken out of commission and posed as statues. These are the artifacts Hector was in search of, and after a few statues I too began to look at each vehicles uniqueness. Every tank, cannon, artillery, and humvee had their own signature look and feature. From quality of material used, to the slenderness and sleek appearance that differentiated them. The next one bigger and more intimidating than the last, all under the same type of wood canopy and all being swarmed with yellow jackets as the small creatures make use of the artifacts too.
All in all it was a great use of the fantastic weather in late April, and a great way for me to talk art with a fellow photographer with a concentration in the medium completely different from my own. I recommend taking some time after reading this post to check out Hectors work, I have a attached the link to his portfolio here: HECTOR-RENE -
Until next time!