We are on the cusp of Super Bowl XLVII which takes place in New Orleans, LA today February 3, 2013. I like to share “timely” works of art that are relevant because of some association, whether it’s locale, genre, topic, etc… This is short film I created while visiting New Orleans, LA and represent the disparity between the disheveled Ninth Ward and the plush and manicured St. Charles Street.
Enjoy the Super Bowl.
From an earlier post:
“On the eve of another hurricane heading straight for New Orleans, coincidentally on the week of the anniversary that Hurricane Katrina ravaged the coastal city in 2005, I’d like to share a short film I made in that wonderful place. In 2011, I visited New Orleans, Louisiana and toured the Ninth Ward. I made a short film with iPhone 4, using the app “8mm” titled “Ten Commandments.” The film features local New Orleans musicians as well as the poem with inspired the film’s name as read by it’s author and among many other things, the AMAZING poet Jericho Brown, (which might be the biggest understatement of my blog’s short history).
For me the film serves to show the disparity between the rich and the poor, through juxtaposing the ritzy, up kept stretches of St. Charles Street with the still dilapidated state of the Ninth Ward, even thought many of the homes, although not all, have been revamped and “George Jetsoned” by Brad Pitt’s generous endeavor. In the Ninth Ward, some of the original ruin still lies on site, whereas all the streets and lawns that stand on St. Charles Street are manicured more than a metro-sexual living in early 2000′s San Francisco Bay Area….
Anyways be safe New Orleans!
I ran into Blair Underwood outside the Blue Nile, which is where the locals as well as the local musicians go to play for fun and hang out.”
This day one year ago… Van and Dung Nguyen celebrated a traditional Vietnamese Wedding at a private residence, a truly unique experience. I’m proud to share the Wedding Highlight Video of their day, back on January 15, 2012. Afterwards, the celebration continued at the Vietnamese Restaurant, both located in Corpus Christi, Texas, which strangely was the first Vietnamese wedding celebration held at the beautiful restaurant. Again, I wish them both great happiness throughout their lives together!
Blanca and Carlos ventured around downtown Corpus Christi, Texas. They experienced everything from Parkour guys and girls working out in the park, to a romantic serenade on a balcony to dancing salsa in the middle of the street. I am thankful to have been able to share the beautiful afternoon with them… and into the chilly, windy evening. The focus of this session was the urban “grunge” of the city. The couple, who is clearly in LOVE, looks beautiful set against these various backgrounds. Enjoy. Visit the Facebook Gallery Here.
Just before this I prompted Carlos to sing up to the “balcony”… this one worked out better… LOL.
How you doin’?
There were some individuals practicing parkour – so I asked if they’d like to jump the rail …
My rendition of the American Gothic painting by Grant Wood, against an interesting mural background.
….symmetry part deux!
Great portrait gaze.
I love these “love” silhouettes!
…. I love these “love” silhouettes!
I chose to isolate these two and keep with the grungy look.
A little dip in front of the Lexington, keeping with the urban grunge I went with lo-fi.
Another little dip in front of the Lexington.
A loving embrace on a chilly, windy day.
Looking out across the sea wall into the Gulf of Mexico.
Sun almost set, and a sliver of the moon begins to shine!
I was commissioned to take the photographs for the upcoming show to be used for its corresponding artwork/advertisements of The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) production led by Professor of Drama Kim Frederick. Some backstory: what a journey this past decade has been… the last time I saw this production was 10 years ago while a student at Del Mar College which was also coincided with the last year these three (Kim, Carl Yowell, and Lavert Rodgers) performed this whirlwind production, and trust me I’ve been a fan EVER SINCE THEN. Now 7 years removed from my completion of an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from University of Texas at Austin, I’ve returned to my hometown as a professional photographer/videographer and, ultimately, storyteller. Now charged with capturing their likeness for their advertisement, I took it upon myself to create a short promotional video. I couldn’t be happier with the groups participation and how much I can’t help but crack up every time I watch it. Shot out to Carl for suggesting that we go with a slower tempo of speech as opposed to my original vision of a rapid paced tempo… as you’ll see in the show. I suggest you watch it multiple times to catch what each person says… and as always ENJOY and thanks for stopping by.
ps Inspiration of video is from a famous Beatles album cover “with the beatles”….
Learn more about the current/upcoming/previous productions of the Del Mar College (DMC) Drama Department here. From the Del Mar College website:
THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) (REVISED)
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
The boys are back! All 37 of Shakespeare’s plays are melded together in one hilariously unforgettable evening! Procedes from this faculty- and alumni-enacted production, presented in the Sue Sellors Finley Theatre, benefit Drama @ Del Mar.
Dates: November 30, 2012 at 6:30pm (includes preshowreception)
December 1, 2012 at 7:30pm
December 2, 2012 at 2:00pm
December 7-8, 2012 at 7:30pm
Cost: $28 All Levels (reserved seating) for Nov 30 performance
$15 Adults (reserved seating) for all otherperformances
$10 Students (reserved seating) for all other performances
This past first weekend of November I shared with some close family members and walked in honor of my late grandfather Leopoldo Flores who passed away on September 10, 2010. He succumbed in part to Alzheimer’s Disease. He is survived among others by the most beautiful, strong, nurturing, loving, (I can go on for days here!…) wife, and my grandmother Lilia R. Flores. Note her shirt has a picture of my grandfather around the time of his retirement from Naval Service at the age of 45 ish. She was the cheerleader welcoming those back from the 3 mile walk.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association by visiting www.alz.org, and learn more about the San Marcos/Hays County walk here.
Browse Facebook gallery here, purchase pictures from event at special NON-Profit prices here.
The last hurricane to hit NYC was Hurricane IRENE. Before it swung up the east coast and thankfully not leave a trail of damage and destruction in it’s wake, it decided to visit Puerto Rico in its infancy, rather as a Tropical Storm. And not that this had any general affect on the weather since it rained for an astonishing 7/10 days I was there OUTSIDE of it’s brief visit. Anyways before it’s arrival I braved getting into the water at Loquillo Beach and then decided to put together a short film of footage. It compares before, during, and after …. all shot with Go Pro HD (1). The video was made for fun and documentary purpose.
Ironically at the time I was visiting my sister in Puerto Rico, who’s now currently living for a brief time in New York City… which is where Hurricane Sandy is lingering. So no matter which island my sister is on… she can’t seem to escape Mother Nature. She also stars in the video.
Jennifer and Daryl married in the beautiful town of Port Aransas, Texas at Seashell Village and celebrated at Third Coast Studio – a unique destination indeed! The ceremony was almost rained out, and in fact the party went back and forth between setting up tables and then immediately tearing them down. After they watched the weather patterns closely and actually calling the weather service, they decided to move the ceremony start time up, and out came the chairs and tables once again. Within minutes of the ceremony ending, the rain poured. Nonetheless, as they say nothing could “rain” on their wonderful celebration, not even cats and dogs.