_Here is a small collection of some of the digital photos I have taken
over the course of the last few years. I am liberal in my use of
Photoshop (where appropriate) in an attempt to get the most out of my
shots or ideas. "Over the years I have been inspired by many artists and
photographers from DuChamp to Thomas Herbricht to Horst to my friends Kevin Loreaux and Robert Szatmari who
continue to be sources of inspiration, guidance, and support". Many of
these images are available for sale framed. Prices range from $250 to
$500. For inquires contact me directlyhere. Enjoy!
Thailand, Laos & Cambodia
I just got back from South East Asia where I had the chance to visit Thailand, Laos and Cambodia! I met up with my friend Merry (yes as in Merry Christmas) who was already there visiting friends and family. Needless to say I was afforded a unique culture view of the region that I otherwise would not have had due to Merry's formidable language and cultural skills. We kept a fairly loose schedule and often made plans on the fly from the cab (what did we ever do before cell phones anyway?) and yet managed to cover quite a bit of ground. From the chaos that is Bangkok, to the many and varied floating markets and the beaches of Pattaya, to the chill vibe of Laos, to the Indiana Jones like ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, not to mention the cooking classes at the "Temple" in Siem Reap, etc. Design notes: I decided to have a bit of fun with Photoshop this time around mixing and matching various techniques. Normally I try not to over do it but I have been experimenting with some techniques in my classes so I decided to employ here. The "vintage photo" look and "visa stamps" were both recreated for these to add an extra level of design interest. Enjoy!
Portugal (Porto, Douro Valley, Aveiro, Fatima, Coimbra, Guimarães and Braga)
So I attend The END International Conference held in Porto Portugal. It was sort of a conciliation as I was originally going to St. Petersburg to present on education and technology but at the last minute they denied me a travel visa. After some hasty research I spotted this conference and made the necessary arrangements to attend *(From their website) "This international conference seeks to provide some answers and explore the processes, actions, challenges and outcomes of learning, teaching and human development. Our goal is to offer a worldwide connection between teachers, students, researchers and lecturers, from a wide range of academic fields, interested in exploring and giving their contribution in educational issues. The International Conference on Education and New Developments 2015 invites you to showcase presentations, from the most diverse countries and cultures, to promote growth in research methods intimately related to teaching, learning and applications in Education..." The conference itself is clearly gaining momentum but over all it is still a bit small. No worries that just means more time for adventure right?! Here are some of the photos I took in and around Northern Portugal.
I had been to Spain a few times and I assumed that Portugal would not be much different, I couldn't have been more wrong! The beaches are better since they are sparsely populated and gorgeous, the wine (meaning port of course) is not to be believed and is light years beyond anything you have ever tasted here in the states, but most of all the best part of Portugal are its people. I was greeted with genuine sincerity and smiling faces everywhere I went and it was just what I needed. I am reminded every time I travel how much I get caught up in thinking my life is the whole world and not much exists outside of it... This is the beauty and indeed the need of travel for me.
England (London, Oxford, Stratford, and Chelsea)
I have been to England several times (mostly on one day layovers) and am at the point where I am comfortable getting lost there ;) This time I decided to make a proper visit. At first I was a bit concerned as the weather being, well, very English - meaning sunny one minute overcast and rainy the next - made it hard to take any really good photos. As my trip progressed I decided maybe I should embrace this limitation. England is obviously steeped in history and has no shortage of museums and historical sites, castles etc. With that in mind I began trying to craft pictures from an aesthetic point of view that I could alter later in Photoshop to look old and historic. I have to say I am very pleased with the results.
Germany (Teir, The Rhine, Nuremburg, Dresden, Berlin and Hamlen)
Germany (along with Austria and Hungary) is a place I always wanted to visit to see where my grandparents came from. Also I wanted to visit my personal design mecca, Bauhaus. Needless to say Germany did not disappoint, it was a wonderful mix of modern and historic, not to mention super clean and orderly (which as you all know is something I appreciate ;)
Austria (Vienna and Salzburg)
Austria has always fascinated me for many reasons, most notably because I can vividly recall my grandparent rhapsodizing about it over Sunday dinner while pouring over old family photos. The hills are truly alive in this beautiful country!
Hungary (Budapest, The Danube and Lake Balaton)
I didn't know much of anything about Hungary before I left for this trip other then it was the home of my paternal grandmother. I was amazed by the art and culture of Budapest (particularly when seen from the Danube) and the quaint charm of The Balaton lakes region.
Czech Republic / Slovakia (Prague and Bratislava)
I was told that The Czech Republic was one of the most amazing regions in all of Europe and that Prague was one of the most impressive cities in all of Europe and I would have to agree. Amazing architecture, modern art and design Prague has it all.
I went to Morocco as a volunteer to work with underprivileged children, providing training in English and information technology. Unfortunately the program I was working through just wasn’t a good fit and I felt that I could better serve them from home. Despite coming home early I managed to get some really good pics while there. For more on my Morocco trip visit projectmorocco.weebly.com
The tiny island nation of Malta has an interesting and varied history. "Throughout history, Malta's location has given it great strategic importance, and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, Knights of St John, French and the British ruled the islands." After reading the first line about Malta on (yes I am ashamed I used it) Wikipedia I was really excited to travel to the storied little island nation of Malta and its sister island Gozo to see all of the influences from those varied cultures on the people, architecture, music, and of course the food ;) I am glad to say that Malta did not disappoint! Here are just some of the images from my trip.
Here are pics from my trip to Spain. I was intrigued by Gaudi's amazing
anamorphic shapes which translated well into more graphic forms using
Photoshop filters and editing techniques.
Eastern State Penitentiary
I mentioned in a previous post I have really have developed an interest in textures these days. So I when I decided to take a trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary I knew that would be a great place to explore that very thing. It is as creepy as it is beautiful in some ways, in all its decayed splendor. Here is a small cross section of some of the shots I took. I took 194 shots in total and am still weeding through some of them. I may post some more soon, but for now enjoy!
So I finally got a new digital camera (which is why I haven't posted new
photos since last year) and I have been busy learning its particular
strengths and weaknesses. So far it has been a joy to use overall and
since it also has the capability to go underwater (it is one of those
new tough cameras) I am looking forward to experimenting with it. As for
this small batch of images, I was inspired by a shot that I took while
trying to figure out how to use my new camera on the street. It caught a
reflection in a puddle of the building across the street and well that
was all it took, I started taking pics of reflections of building in
other buildings or wherever else I saw a reflective surface. Much like
my textures experiment I am sure this technique will show up quite a bit
in the future. *(Check out the first one on the bottom row (entitled
"leave a light on") I've been experimenting with a variety of filtering
techniques to make photos looked old or aged, I think this one was
pretty successful if I do say so myself ;)
_Martin Guitar Factory
During my breaks from school I like to tour factories. I really love to
see that there is still room for hand made things in our world. The
Martin Guitar Factory located in Nazareth PA offers a really interesting
tour of their production facility. I snapped quite a few shots and
didn't think they would amount to much to be honest. I was pleasantly
surprised at the results once I got home and opened them up. With a
little help from Photoshop these shots came out well. I have been
experimenting with color and black and white and here I show both
versions. *(Oh and by the way the Texaco was an abandoned gas station I
saw on the way to the Martin factory, couldn't resist taking some shots
of that too ;) For more on Martin check them out at http://www.martinguitar.com/
This is primarily digital collage from both electronic sources and my
own photos. As mentioned inspiration comes from everywhere. Here you
will surely see some influence from Magritte and DuChamp among others.
As many of you know I do a Roman Catholic retreat each year (typically
in mid December) at the Malvern Retreat House / St. Joseph's in the
Hills with my friend Joe. The weekend typically has a theme and the
activities offered are centered around that. I use this retreat time for
personal reflection and to have some bonding time with Joe. Over the
10+ years I have been doing this retreat I have taken many digital pics,
here are some of them. For more on the Malvern Retreat check out http://www.malvernretreat.com/
During the retreat I generally get up early, around 5:30 am or so, to
watch the sun rise. On my way to doing that, checking my camera
batteries, the camera went off and captured my reflection in the mirror.
I spent the remainder of the morning in front of the mirror trying to
get these. Not really big on the idea of self portraits but I was able
to come away with some interesting results.
_Grounds for Sculpture
Grounds for sculpture in Hamilton New Jersey is a wonderful resources to
view unique outdoor art. I went there as part of a faculty function and
was thankful I thought to bring my camera. Be sure to check them out at
Here are some shots of my many trips to Arizona. The lil' broken down
house and dome of sticks were taken "on the side of the road" at what
appeared to be a deserted part of an old drive in movie theater.