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Tuesday, June 26, 2012


MAISON EUROPÉENNE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, PARIS 


Museums dedicated to still photography are my spiritual sanctuaries and I seek them out when traveling to new cities. I'd been to Paris before but it was USF photo professor and self-professed Francophile Lou Marcus who told me to visit the Maison Européene de la Photographie in the Marais. The four-story building has the feel of a lavish home and each floor is usually a dedicated space for one photographer. I spent over an hour here one morning in Spring 2009 and made this picture from the stairwell, having just seen an amazing exhibition of photos by Gérard Uféras

I blame the Polish brothers and their iTunes film phenomenon "For Lovers Only" for reigniting my passion for Paris and my longing for a fall trip this year or as soon as possible. Shot in Paris in 2010 on a shoestring budget using a set of Canon 5d mkII cameras and no crew and no lighting, the film gives a nod to Godard and Truffaut but has the whimsical feel of a Guess jeans ad. It tells the story of a travel photographer (who of course shoots a Leica) who stumbles into an old love on the streets of Paris and they reignite their former love for a carefree odyssey (on a BMW motorcycle) across France. It's an interesting ride and a real inspiration for indie filmmakers. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


YBOR CITY, TAMPA, FLORIDA

As a photography professor teaching "Beginning Photography," I routinely take my students on photo walks in Tampa's historic Ybor City. One of the oldest sections of town, Ybor was once a thriving hub of industry with immigrants from Spain, Cuba and Italy manning the brick cigar factories. Thanks to a recovery that kicked off in the early 1980s, the area is now home to restaurants, bars, boutiques and nightclubs. With all of this history, Ybor reminds me of the French Quarter in New Orleans, a feeling that grows when I see the streetcars pass beneath wrought iron balconies. I made the picture above last week on a photo walk with my students, setting up in the Centro Ybor tourist section. A vacant storefront with a leasing sign led to a perfect photo opportunity of a businessman strolling along the brickway while the bronze statue of Roland Manteiga reading the paper is carefully framed in the background.

For more information on Ybor City, check out the Chamber of Commerce web site.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


GUATEMALAN VOLCANO, ANTIGUA

This photograph of Volcá de Agua, an inactive volcano that towers over the south edge of Antigua, was taken from a gas station. I was filling up a Honda 250 motorcycle in the vain hopes of riding it to the top of the volcano. Five minutes after I made this picture, I was off the safe confines of the pavement and jostling across rock, scree and sand until a minor crash nearly spelled doom for my left ankle. Thankfully the bike had crash bars on the engine and they managed to protect the bike so that I received my security deposit back, minus $12 US for a rear mirror replacement. I like to think this image made the experience worth it.

If you are interested in trying to ride a motorcycle to the top of Agua or around Central America, check out CATours.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


PARISIAN CAFE IN ST. GERMAIN

Les éditeurs is a bookish cafe hamlet just off Boulevard Saint Germain by the Odéon metro stop. Just around the corner from the apartment where I stayed for a week in April 2009, this spot was ideal for an afternoon cocktail or a steak dinner under the outdoor awning. This is the type of cozy spot where you can have a relaxing lunch over wine, make some notes in a journal and catch up on some reading.

More on Les éditeurs can be found here
 
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