Today, technically last night, my father wanted me to edit and clean up an old photo. It was a photo of my Great Grandmother and father. It was a privilege to do a restoration, as it is a family portrait. So it was an honor. It was a bit tricky to handle, but I did my best with the photo.
This day was a historic moment of time. Between two parties. Republican Donald J. Trump and Democratic Hillary R. Clinton. The first non-political person to run and first female to run for presidency. Each parties rivalries were mutual among each other. Either win would cause an uproar. With every new election, comes a new revolution. As the nation always looking for peace, but always ends up on the short end. The results never end on a happy note.
Last month in September, I was interviewed by Voyage LA Magazine. I honestly did not expect much from this. I really thought this was a fluke. When I saw the email by them, my first instinct was like, "Is this a mistake?" But I followed through and emailed them back. And sure enough they were a legit company. I went through the interview process and over time it took days and weeks. During the interview, it did feel like I was being played. Had a whole bunch of "what ifs." They have always contacted me every four to five days. But when they sent me the link and article, I was astonished! I was like is this real? No WAY! But sure enough it was real!
The Release. When the link came in, I actually waited a day to release the news. I even kept it a low profile. Kept it away from family and friends. I didn't want anyone to know I was being interviewed. Cause people I know they would just be like shooting me random questions and being criticized. So I waited until it was official. speaking of official, here is the link to the Voyage LA Magazine Interview. (Click Here).
There are some photos that are not posted in my website. The ones in the article show other projects that I do. Always welcoming any art forms. If you would like to schedule, let me know.
The Built 2 Grind (B2G) Shoot is one of my best highlight for 2016. Thanks to DL da Arsun and Donna Lago; Owners of Built 2 Grind and apparels. We have met on a whim at Universal Studios Citywalk and just started talking about random things. One things led to another and we have scheduled a shoot for B2G Apparel. It was a success on both ends. As months progress, B2G was featured on Kaboom Magazine. Kaboom Magazine (Click here). It is pretty cool to see your work on a published site. The only difference is that the photos that I am about to share are outtakes from the shoot. There are a few who were not in these photos due to time constraints.
Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to work with you all in the near future.
A few days ago, the City of Brea held an art exhibition over at the Civic Center. So many artisans were displayed at this exhibition. From contemporary photography to visual mixed media art. At this exhibition, these artist are MFA Students from Orange County, California. The following artist(s) are the ones who got my attention: Stephen Graham, Candice Chovanec, Mark X. Farina and Brian Johnson.
His work represents the initial response when you see an art work. The effect and feelings when you see first hand. He converts the feeling to a visual art form.
Her work is simply amazing and remarkable. Capturing the true hidden natural beauty of one's self image. From a far stand point, her work looks photographic. But when you see the finer details, it is actually an arcrylic oil painting on canvas. Which really got my attention. Candice is one to look out for in the future. Hope she continues her art work of natural beauty.
Mark X. Farina
This artist made me laugh! He is like the Meme-ster for painting. I bet he had a lot of fun making this project. Not like Banksy, but he is like it playing it on the safe side. Like Duchamp's Urinal as he claims it is an art work. Or to Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Art Work. Mark is another talent to look out for. But truly, this project represents raw expressionism. Utilizing elements from goo, punk and electric noise. His weapon of choice in making these art work are aerosol cans. No need for captions. Already in the art work.
I love his murals. Wish he could paint my room with his style of work. He uses Sumi Ink for his art work and also a prop artist. When I saw his prop it made me reminisce the early 80s. Like the old rotating channel controls for actual television. The nostalgic period of Star Trek. Luckily William Shatners nemisis the Goron was not there. Lucky me! Haha! I really like his work. It hits home when you actually see it at the exhibit.
In his statement, he shifts and transforms space and environments so the viewers can recreate their own "real world." Which makes sense for me that when I was kid, I always used to pretend I was on a different planet or universe. Thus why it it hit home for me. Anyway, it was great to see his work in person. I do hope to see another installation made by him in the near future. The space images that you are about to see, it is called Space 44.
As a fellow artist, this really motivates me to do more work in my related point of interest. I love art and thinking of getting my Masters Degree in Arts.
One of things that I love about art and photography. Is that you can mix and create new images that people have never seen and for the pure enjoyment of creating your own work. The following photos are done with a mix media. Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate.
Having to be working with Universal Studio Hollywood, it has a few perks. Get to work for some special events and get to see how the park looks at night when it closes. At times it gets spooky because you are the only one around, but at times... No one rarely sees the beauty in an empty park. Other than the night crew and security guards. Normally, I would be having my heavy duty camera with me (the Canon 5D Mk III) for taking quality shots, but at the time, I could not have it around. Luckily having to be in the era of smartphones, I had my iPhone with me. Taking photos in a cell phone has drastically change the photography market. The following photos were taken via iPhone and post work with Snapseed.
This was at my end of the year photography thesis project, "Gesture." The smallest detail that most relationship tend to forget while together or not. In these image, what do you these portray to you?
Last year, I had the opportunity to hear the Swedish girl band, Riot Child, perform over at Universal Studios Citywalk. They are a really good band to listen, too. If you need a new band or a new sound... They are the ones to listen to. Met them personally and they have such fun personality.