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Travel: The Grand Canyon

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.

Wish list: Profoto A1

Jackpot, I think I’m in love…

I know!  Another light…but this is a Profoto lightProfoto.  Big dog pitbulls in the game of light.  Yes, their equipment is expensive, but it’s worth it.  This beauty is being touted as the world’s smallest studio light and I want in!  Here’s what I really like about this light, it seems like an easy to use on camera light compared to other speedlights.  It also seems powerful enough for outdoor portraits but it may also be able to handle bigger studio jobs, and with the Profoto brand behind it, you know you’re paying for quality.  BUT, there really is only one way to find out, and this is a wish list post, soooooo…feel free to help me get closer to making this wish a reality by going here, scrolling down and donating what you wish to the cause! 🙂 

What I’m Listening to: Bronzeville Scripted Audio Drama + There Goes The Neighborhood L.A.

@BronzevilleShow “Bronzeville”

I recently took a late summer vacation and was able to fully digest the beautifully designed scripted 10 part audio drama “Bronzeville”.  The cast is stellar: Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tika Sumpter, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Hardwick, Wood Harris, Lahmard Tate, Cory Hardrick and more make up the characters that come to life in the series.  “Bronzeville” brings to life 1940’s Chicago and the “policy” or numbers games that allowed this African American community to flourish.  At the center of the drama we are introduced to members of the notorious Copeland family, including sister Lisa Copeland played by Tika sumpter, Jimmy Tillman played by Larnez Tate and Curtis Randolph played by Laurence Fishourne.  Not only was I impressed with the sound design of the overall series, I couldn’t believe how quickly I was transformed to 1940’s Chicago via these auditory performances.  It’s easy for me to binge a great tv series or fly through a good book but I’ve never been so engaged in a scripted audio series.  I think a major reason why I was so invested and am supportive of the project is because it is not entirely a fictional project and a little know piece of American history.  Bronzeville was an actual African American community in Chicago in the 1940’s whose money generated from the policy operation allowed the community to be self sufficient and produce schools, stores, banks and nightclubs.  You can read a bit about its history and the policy operation here

You can listen to all 10 episodes of season 1 here.  Hopefully the cast is hard at work and gearing up for season 2!

There Goes The Neighborhood: LA

A friend of mine put me onto “There Goes The Neighborhood” as they covered gentrification in East New York Brooklyn.  Being from Brooklyn and witnessing its gentrification first hand, I was all in.  The series talked to both local residents directly effected by new city plans and the infiltrating house flippers.  I devoured every episode and eagerly awaited a new season to be posted.  I had hoped the series would tackle another section of Brooklyn but they are instead taking the series to the West coast to discuss gentrification in Los Angeles.  If the upcoming L.A. version is as good as the B.K. version, we’re all in for an eye opening treat.

Catch up on season 1 and get ready for season 2 of There Goes The Neighborhood here.

STEP (Documentary)

Whew.  @Stepthemovie

I watched this trailer a few days ago without sound and without hearing a word, I knew it would be good.

   

Step hits select theaters August 4th.  Head over to http://www.foxsearchlight.com/stepmovie/ for more info!

Happy Pride! (throwback video of when I walked in the parade – 2011)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…PRIDE!  If you don’t know, I support the LGBTQ community to the fullest and since 2011 (WOW that feels like yesterday) I have walked in the NYC Pride Parade with my cousin and her wife.  I captured some pretty epic footage the first year that we walked in the parade and decided to bring it back just in time for this year’s celebration.  This is all raw footage of the day but it does a pretty good job of showing just how much fun the Pride Parade is.  Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2

Have a few extra coins to spare? How about paying the water bill of a family in need?

That’s right.  The good people over at Human Utility are sick of the shit and figured out a way for anyone with a little extra to give (and I do mean little, smallest donation can be $5) to help a family, elderly person or someone in need pay for something that should honestly be given free of charge in this land of milk and honey, water.  Last year the city of Detroit resumed its practice of shutting off water to residents unable to pay their water bill.  In case you missed it, Detroit was labeled the poorest big city in the U.S. in 2015 and it was recently reported that the poverty level among Michigan’s children is higher now than it was during the recession in 2008.  Head over to the Human Utility website for more information and if you can, consider helping out someone in need of this basic necessity.

 

Travel: Puerto Rico

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!

#Resist Photo Show + Print Sale Friday 3/17/17 featuring photography by yours truly!

Busy this Friday?  
If not, come out and support:

BKC’s #RESIST Photo Show + Print Sale Friday 3/17/17!

The show will feature some of my photography in addition to other fellow photographers and BKC members.  ALL proceeds will be donated to The Reproductive Health Access Project and The Ali Forney Center.  That’s right, buy one of my or any other photographer’s prints and the proceeds will go directly to these two organizations.  Come out and support a great cause!

“Be Truly Free” A Spike Lee Joint with VEON (short film)

Check out this short by the one and only Spike Lee.  

Be Free.

Be Truly Free – A Spike Lee Joint with VEON from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.

KiKi Documentary Trailer

YES.  YES.  YAAAAASSSSSS!  This looks like Paris is Burning for the new era and I am here for it!  KiKi opens in NY and will be available on demand on iTunes and Amazon on 3/1.  Visit the film’s official site herekikimovie.com