Here are a few images from my recent trip to The Grand Canyon. It is without a doubt MASSIVE. So massive that the brain can’t really comprehend how something so vast can be created and sustained pretty much on its own. The challenge in capturing something so immense (mid day on a beautiful sunny day might I add) is trying to figure out how to not make the images appear flat and boring. I focused on perspective in a few shots by comparing something tiny such as a group of tourists or one person to The Grand Canyon and also had some fun with the editing. Overall, it was a great trip and a photography bucket list item that I can now cross off 🙂 Check out my images below!
We also made a stop to The Hoover Dam.
And here’s someone doing exactly what the tour guide told us not to do. There’s always one…and in this case, I saw more than one person standing on the rocks on this sunny but quite windy day just to get a photo. This was the only person I managed to take a photo of.
I took a much needed vacation to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and I even succeeded in not turning my entire trip into a full on photography assignment! I decided to take one camera (my camera “B” aka Nina) and one lens (Canon 50mm f 1.8). While I did get to spend days on the beach soaking up the sun, explore the island and R-E-L-A-X, I also spent an entire day in Old San Juan snapping away. Puerto Rico is a beautiful island filled with rich culture, delicious cuisine and beautiful (and colorful) architecture. Check out the photos below!
I love this piece. Black and brown youth are often forced to grow up fast due to many circumstances but this summer in particular, I felt there were a lot of children forced to witness a ton of injustice, bigotry and hate. I also saw a lot of children being children. Actually playing…OUTSIDE! They were being kids. Carefree, joyful and full of life. What a beautiful sight! I love that this piece came to me while I was at the beach. I also love that the children filmed are silhouetted by the sun so that you can’t see their faces. I’m always cautious about photographing or videotaping kids so the sun worked in my favor on that hot August day. I wrote this piece with the youth of today in mind but also for the young at heart. As we wrap up another summer season, I hope you were able to at least for a moment capture the essence of the season, be youthful in spirit and #findyoursunmer. Here’s to a great end of the summer and a prosperous Fall season!
August (For the youth…)
I hope the sun’s rays were good to you and allowed you to be a kid again.
Abundant in play and without worry.
I hope the ocean’s waves crashed at your feet and washed away any doubt that you could be anything.
if you so choose.
I hope the August heat melted uncertainty and birthed promise.
Find joy in the light.
Let the sweat trickle down your brow and illuminate your aura.
Taste the sweet bitterness of the ocean and become drunk off of its life.
I hope you found freedom in the ocean’s waves and will never let it go.
If there’s one thing that I love, it’s photographing out of the ordinary, off limit or once restricted (or currently restricted) locations. For this photo excursion, I had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the recently partially restored immigrant hospital located in an area of Ellis Island that until a few years ago was off limits to the public. The Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour features a look at several pieces of oversized artwork by artist JR for his Unframed Ellis Island project. The over 90 minute tour covers sections of the once fully operational immigrant hospital on Ellis Island that cared for sick immigrants before they entered NYC. The history behind the hospital is fascinating and JR’s larger than life images of immigrants entering Ellis Island provided a realistic and often eerie portrayal of the hospital. Eerie because the areas that we were allowed to walk through, although were deemed safe, were definitely creepy as all hell. I kept preparing myself for a ghost of some sort to walk past me as I clicked away at the decrepit rooms throughout the hospital. I LOVED IT! Every minute was filled with history, intrigue and of course the most creepy atmosphere that I’ve been allowed to photograph. Apparently, JR hosts his own tours in which he has unrestricted access to the entire hospital to view all of his pieces. If you’re looking for a new photography adventure that’s close to home (home being NYC or close to it) check out this tour before it gets too cold!
I don’t remember our tour guide’s name but he was GREAT. Super knowledgeable about the hospital and enthusiastic about the tour.
The hospital had several mortuary refrigerators in a lecture style room in which doctors and surgeons examined bodies of the deceased.
If you do take the tour, prepare to WALK. This is just one of the hallways that we examined.
JR’s work is hidden away in various rooms and areas of the hospital. We only saw half of them because JR has many pieces located in places that are still off limits to the public.
While on the tour, we ran into one of the workers shuttling a newly restored piece of equipment that was used to help soldiers coming from war with hand injuries regain use of their hands.
You almost forget that this was once a beautiful and vibrant hospital caring for thousands of people. Most of the rooms were left exactly the way they were left years ago.
My garden season is coming to a close. I’m eating and freezing the last of my summer’s harvest and finally got a chance to taste my pride and joy, my cantaloupe! It’s been growing all summer and I finally removed it from my plot at my community garden. It was as sweet as these last days of summer. I’m so proud! I’ve had another successful garden season. Next year, I’m bringing the garden to my balcony!