Helping those in need

As part of my hurricane Maria coverage I tagged along with a group of volunteers who where helping out a community in Utuado.

With supplies of warm food and water I documented there efforts. Like this group there are many others stepping up and helping around Puerto Rico, hopefully these efforts continue to build morale and help out island that is still struggling more that 50 days after taking a category 5 hurricane hit.

https://youtu.be/oJzKxCrAPTg

Faces after Maria | Angel’s story

Angel | Charco Abajo | Utuado

The bridge that conects Angel’s community to the main highways was washed away. Angel has to travel everyday down a improvised ladder on the side of whats left of the bridge to get provisions. Through this difficulty he still maintains his sense of humor.

Hear hid story following the link bellow:

https://youtu.be/dRIpidyFwxE

Please share so we can keep helping those in need.

Explore|Create|1 – Cueva del Indio

Many times when we think of beautiful locations we think of buying a plane ticket and visiting an exotic location. What we tend to not consider is that beauty is sometimes in our backyard (well no literally).

As an example I bring forth exhibit A on this blog, La cueva del Indio in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. In my case an hour and half trip resulted in a set of images I really loved, may make prints of these available so stay tuned.

The point of this post is to basically showcase that many times beauty is within reach, no plane ticked or passport required. As a photography instructor you would not believe how many of my students hold back ideas or inspiration because they’re waiting for that exotic location to try out their new gear, skills or whatever.

Don’t wait, explore your home, explore your street, explore your neighborhood, don’t wait. Create now.

PS:

For the camera geeks out there the images where made with a D300s, RAW files edited in Adobe Lightroom. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.

Draco brings Lo Maldito to San Juan, PR

The much anticipated set of concerts closed last night with Lo Maldito (The dammed). Highlighting the 20th anniversary of his ground breaking record “Vagabundo”.

With a set list that contained more of the heavier and darker songs of his repertoire , Draco rocked the Coliseum of Puerto Rico along with a very energetic crowd that enjoyed the trip through the dark side of his career.

Personally I’ve been a fan of Draco since I was in high school. I even had the chance to meet him once too.

Not everybody gets to meet their musical heroes, so I knew how lucky I was. But the only thing I wanted more than getting a picture taken with him was to take a portrait of him. I took that chance of meeting him and took this impromptu portrait of him.

One of my most prized pics not only because I admire him as an artist but also because I wanted to celebrate his strength as a cancer survivor. Right around this time he was just escaping this horrible decease. For a moment there during his sickness things started looking bleak. But he fought through it, valiantly. So for me this whole meeting was a victory, little did I know that years later I’d be covering one of his concerts .

So this short story and set of images have a great personal value, I hope you enjoy this post and hopefully , one day you’ll meet your heroes too. Cheers.

Ricardo Arjona presents Circo Soledad

After two years of absence Ricardo Arjona returns to Puerto Rico. The artist announced a set of performances this upcoming October vía a creative press conference/mini concert.

Here are a few images documenting the evening.

Ryan’s Portrait

Ryan- Portrait

A summer classes where I teach are coming to a close it was time for one of my classes to step into the studio and work on portraits. Usually around this time I like to teach a Strobist ( ala David Hobby) semminar in which we use our portable flashes to create dramatic portraits.

One of my photoshop course students Ryan was kind enough to model for us, here are some of the results. Hope you enjoy and feel free to comment.

Cheers!

Ryan- Portrait