Archive for June, 2010

Wow, what a day, it feels like a perfect Saturday for some great photos in New York. So I swiftly jump out of my bed like something bit me. I prepare for this glorious day with my Saturday routine of a shower, ironing my clothes, and a haircut. When I am done with the routine, I walk up to my camera like it’s my favorite trophy. I get my lens clothe and gently wipe it off with the thoughts of my day vividly running through my head. The more I delicately rub, wipe, and touch the lens the bigger my smile becomes. I put my camera together with the efficiency of a soldier putting his gun together. I put the camera over my shoulder, head straight for the door and walk out with a force field of confidence. Soon as I get outside, my eyes turn into two cameras with my brain processing images like a photo lab. I see so many images that can be a possible shot for greatness. I get in my car and drive downtown Newark. During the drive my eyes scan the environment; I become more and more of a photo hunter. And on this day, I feel very prepared to catch my prey for satisfaction of my photographic hunger. I park my car then walk up the stairs to the path train. My anticipation of New York has thoughts sprinting through my head. I catch a few saying, “I can’t wait to get there! I know I am going to come back home with a camera full of photo delights.” While I am sitting on the train I have thoughts of angles and right moments for photos. The wonderful thing about photography is my mental imagery can be shown through photos. It’s an art that can express true feelings and thoughts without words. The train finally arrives and I step out of the tunnel onto the street with a feeling of a person getting out of a time machine. There’s so much to take in, just a new world to explore. I walk into Union Square Park with my eyes wide processing colors, people’s movements, and the overall surroundings. It’s what I call “Photography Heaven” and I am prepared to capture it all. With each shot I take, the more my passion for photography showed. It got to the point that some of the people enjoying the park asked me questions, “What are you taking photos for? How long have you been doing this? Do you enjoy it?” I happily answer all questions presented; leaving each person with tidbits of my passion, as if I thumb tacked it to them. But just before I decide to go home, I felt like I was missing something. I didn’t get that one picture, the shot that puts a perfect climax to a great day. And that’s when I saw it, a shot that would close the cap to my day of photography. I see a couple of pigeons scrambling for food. I prepare my camera, focus on the pigeons and that’s when one of the pigeons lifts his head. I shoot like a top ranked sniper and the end result was a photo that showed me a beauty to pigeons rarely seen. Pigeons have this eye catching, radiant colorful blend down their necks that surprised me more then an unforeseen pregnancy. The luminous colors on their necks had me think the first thing on a pigeon’s to-do list was to walk through a rainbow after a rain shower. After that photo I headed home. I am sitting on the train looking through my camera, examining all the photos I took of the day. As I am doing this my mind starts to drift into photography’s impact on my life. I realized how the principles of photography have been applied to my life. With my eyes as a camera, I have seen different perspectives to problems and choices in my life. The angles and surroundings sometimes have changed my perspective on how to make that choice. But with my vision of a situation processing in my brain’s mental photo lab, I always try to make the best decision for my life. More then this discovery, photography has added to my eyes the ability to touch the true picturesque beauty of someone or something. It has opened my mind to the value of small treasures we take for granite everyday. Photography has given me a side of expression that has brought people, who view my work, an inch closer to knowing who I am. It’s an art form that has developed my ambition for self significance. And with the growth of my ambition that photography has produced, my camera has opened a world that my two eyes have fallen in love with.

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A gateway to and from Newark, New Jersey.

“Safety”

“The Wait”

“Did I win”

“On My Way”

“Which Track?”

“The Exit”

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When I seen this kid riding his bike it reminded me of my childhood bike riding days. It even had me remember when I use to see some of the smallest of kids riding big bikes. At times their feet would slip off of the peddle cause the bike was so high. But their determination to ride the big bike didn’t stop them at all. I guess if you apply that now, no matter how big the bike it should make you that much more determined to accomplish your goal. Life lessons can come from anyone and just this simple picture gave me one.

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“As an artist you go through so many phases so rapidly, it’s hard to like sit down and catch one phase and like one moment that your in. That’s what albums are, like documents of your timeline.”

Jesse Boykins III

Video By: Tone

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Well on saturday 6/19/10 was two things, great and hotter then fish grease, but the fun out weighed the heat. I had a good time seeing everyone play and shooting the game. I hope you enjoy the photos. Thank You!
Oh yea shout out to Stef, good looking homes.

“First Base”

“My Kick”
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One day I was watching an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and it sparked my curiosity to find out the history of the sitcom. I looked it up on wikipedia and discovered something that wasn’t even a thought in my brain.  Before Will Smith was the star of the sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air, he started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They gained critical acclaim for winning the first ever Grammy in the Rap category (1988). Smith spent money freely during his early career and underpaid his income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income. Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990 when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him. The show was successful and launched his acting career.

When I discovered this it gave me a new found appreciation for Will Smith’s career and the show. If it wasn’t for that hardship he went through, whether self inflected or not, he may have never had the determination to be a successful actor.  That hardship created a show that has been sown to my life and others. I’ am happy that I discovered he really did have a story about how his life got twist turned upside down and his success in a town called Hollywood.

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Me and my friends were walking through SoHo, taking photos, then we heard singing on one of the streets we were walking towards. The more we walked the louder the singing became. We finally got close enough to make out what was being sung. Then discovered this man with his one speaker and mic, singing A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cook.

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