Saturday, February 14, 2015

2015 Photography

2015 Photography

Looking forward to this morning's Photography meeting.  My first for the new year.

Last year, I read about the McGill Pauper Cemetery in the Northeast in an article written by Aaron Martinez with photography by Victor Calzada (click here).  I've been thinking a lot about photography from the Northeast side of the city.  I had no idea this cemetery existed.  Above is a shot from a perspective that shows the nearby neighborhood and of course our mountains in the background.

There is a blog about the cemetery featured in the article and the stories that remain untold beneath the graves.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

A 2014 Story about Seattle, B.Fire, & the 'Bruce 575' Poem

'Bruce 575'

Reflecting on 2014, it was a year of learning for me.  

Going from the 31st to the 1st, midnight... everyone watching their clocks, texting, calling, welcoming the new year... there's a lot of energy in the event everywhere.  It's a time when people reflect on the year and what happened, and in the imagination of some, a restart.  Even though the math of getting older has nothing to do with starting over.  Time is all about seconds adding on top of seconds equal to minutes that add on top of minutes, years add on to years, with lives beginning through birth or ending through death. For me New Years is a chance to think about the memories of the previous year and organize some of them.  We see that in how some of our social media pages are, whether its Wordpress or Facebook or even here with Blogger. 

Looking back, there is a lot to think and write about.  And for this post I want to write about a one of the events that really stood out to me and meant a lot.  Something I think is perfect for Lens & Words.  

My friend and fellow poet, Phillip Campbell, aka Phil Da Poet aka B.Fire aka B.Sunkist aka Pidi Pecan aka Minister of Dopeness took a trip to revisit family in Seattle.  Checking out the photos and notice he sent through text, I thought about a few things including Pidi's connection to Seattle, Nirvana, rain, the Seattle Supersonics of the Payton & Kemp era, Keystone cops, the Seahawks, etc. 

I'm not much of a traveling man, but in my imagination, I thought about what I would do if I was visiting Seattle and the first thought to come to mind was visiting Bruce Lee's resting place at the Lake View Cemetary.  I thought about the Child of the 80s Mixtape that I made at a point in my life where I had gotten very sick and uncertain about the future.  It was a difficult time that I worked myself through by making a mixtape returning to the memories of my childhood during the 80s decade.  One of the pieces I included closing the first side of the mixtape was a clip from the film No Retreat, No Surrender.  It was the part when RJ tells Jason that he knows where Bruce Lee is buried agreeing to take him to the site the next day.  It was Jason's first day in Seattle.

I texted Phil Da Poet with a favor asking if he could visit the Lake View Cemetery for me and leave a haiku poem I'd written about Bruce Lee.  I've been a fan of Bruce Lee my whole life.  First through my father who was a martial arts practitioner, and then of course through all of Bruce Lee's films, including other flicks in the 80s like The Last Dragon or No Retreat, No Surrender with plot lines that idolized the character of Bruce Lee.  It wasn't until I entered adulthood and got to college that I started to think of Bruce Lee as a source of inspiration, applying much of what he expressed through writing & film into what I was coordinating through my education and life's work.  As a poet, I became inspired by Lee's approach to learning, teaching, and the effort he put into his art, craft, students, fans, and his lifetime involvement in film. 

Like the brother that he is, PDP went out of his way to make plans to drop off the poem.  He caught the 10, taking a 35 minute ride then walking to the destination with the poem in hand.  Along the way he met a Penn State University student from China named Michelle who you'll notice in one of the photographs below.  

This was a spur of the moment request and I'm extremely thankful to my brother Phil Da Poet for making it happen.  It's an event that stood out to me in 2014 and something that I've been wanting to post about since his trip back in September.  If you know Pidi, you know how great of a friend he is and what he does for crew members when the call is made.  He's the energy of the crew we refer to as OGSV which probably has a lot to do with his nickname, 'Brother Fire'.  

You can view the images from his trip below including the poem I wrote titled 'Bruce 575'.  Thank you to B.Fire, shout out to our OGSV brothers and all we're connected to, including the spirit and influence of Bruce Lee.  

Happy New Year.

Click on image to increase size to read poem

Michelle from Penn State University

Bruce & Brandon Lee

Photographs by Phillip Campbell aka B.Fire, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tape Decks on Pinterest / Vinyl Photos

I like wax/vinyl.  And I like to take pictures.

Set up a pinterest for galleries on music, especially for record digging trips.

Check it out!

Follow Tape Decks's board Diggin' with Dune Trip 1 on Pinterest.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happey's Comet as Seen in El Paso May 16, 1910 (W.F. Stuart)

Photography of W.F. Stuart (El Paso, May 16, 1910)

One of my current reads is Ringside Seat to a Revolution, An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923 by David Dorado Romo.  I bought my copy at Cinco Puntos Press a few years ago and from time to time take a break to read about the history of the community of which I was born and raised.  Amongst the wonderful research in this text are a bunch of really amazing photographs.  

When I stumbled across this photograph I thought about John's Astrophotography presentation with the Photography Enthusiast of El Paso group and all of the really cool shots that the group takes when they point their lens towards space.  This photograph captured by W.F. Stuart really blew me away because of its date and the periods in which the comet is visible from earth.  

I also thought about the photographer and who they were.  Back when I took to dropping by the El Paso Public Library downtown to scan old periodicals and photographs.  From Gordon Parks to James Vanderzee, as much interest as I have in photography, I try to remind myself of the importance to take time and appreciate the shooters from years past.

I'm interested in knowing more about W.F. Stuart.

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Happy B-Day Lil' Lucy 2014

Lil' Lu's 2-Year B-Day Celebration

Throughout her entire b-day week I was snapping shots.  Luckily on the day of her b-day, I forgot my cell phone and wallet at the crib and decided to head back home for lunch.  My younger bro and his daughter, Lil' Emi, just happened to be there which allowed me to get a couple shots on her born day.  This past Saturday and Sunday commenced a celebration for Lil' Lucy at the park, the aquatic center, and at the house of my brother's family for some delicious grilling and baking to welcome her 2nd year on earth.  With my index finger tip hovering and pressing over the button of my Fuji cam, I captured enough shots to develop a nice photo gift for her to remember what she'll more than likely forget at her age.  

While developing the photo gift I listened to Alvin Masters piano music.  A digital project called Dream Inside a Dream and Cantando.  Over the weekend we dedicated ((Happy Birthday)) by Stevie Wonder to Lil' Lucy, check out the HHA Tweet: click here.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014



A shot from my first workshop with the PEEP group in El Paso... on this day John gave a presentation on Astrophotography...a chance to "see the unseen".  I scribbled down a few notes including reference to a photographer named Eric Chesak where you can learn more on Astrophotography... visit  Below is a collage of photos I took... this was around location of the meeting space... a building off of West Paisano.  Here's to my first Photography Enthusiast of El Paso workshop as I continue halfway through this year of learning, 2014.

On another note, I could've sworn I heard someone play the Jetson's jingle from their cell phone during John's presentation. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Photography Enthusiast of El Paso

Photography Enthusiast of El Paso

This past week I met a photographer in a continuing ed class at EPCC, Steve Burns who told me about the Photography Enthusiast of El Paso group here in town.  Excited to catch a workshop someday and learn.  Since the start of the year, I've been thinking about a stronger commitment to the learning process... especially for something like photography that's been a hobby for so long.  

Here is the Facebook page for the group: click here

Description: PEEP is dedicated to encouraging the improvement of the photo enthusiast’s photography. PEEP provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and an enjoyable forum for the development of artistic and technical photographic skills. PEEP promotes a healthy spirit through educational programs, exhibitions, and competitions. PEEP is a member of Gulf States Camera Club Council. PEEP consists of photographers of all skill levels and ages. Paid membership is available at our monthly meetings. If you would like to attend one of our meetings, they are held the second Saturday of each month at The Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano, El Paso, TX. Meetings are from 10am - Noon. Visitors may attend up to 3 meetings before becoming a dues paying member. Hope to see you at our next one!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kowloon Walled City

Kowloon Walled City

Revisited: click here

Photography project by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Have you heard of Gigapixel?

Have you heard of Gigapixel?  I haven't.  Check out the shot.  Incredible.

Vancouver Photograph (Super high-resolution): click here

This note was sent to me via email:

"This picture was taken with a 70,000 x 30,000 pixel camera (2,100 Megapixels.)  These cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations.  It can identify a face in a multitude of people."

Photographer Trent Bell

Trent Bell Photography

Don't remember what brought me to Trent Bell's work, may have to backtrack a few blogs.  But I'm verygladidid.  A lil' while ago a colleague told me to check out some work from someone he knew that goes by Peter Langone.  More on the commercial photography side, nevertheless interesting stuff to check out and learn from. 

Photographer Seph Lawless

A Forgotten Cleveland
Photographer: Seph Lawless
Gallery: click here

A have a thing for taking pictures of basketball goals.  A co-worker sent me this shot and I've been wanting to share the shot for a long time now.  For more of Seph Lawless work, check out

Photographer Alfonso Casasola

The Cassola Studio Photography Database
University of Texas at El Paso
UTEP: click here

Stumbled across a few shots on the El Paso Times.  They display a database at the link above.  An archive from El Paso's earlier days.  Alfonso Casasola is the name of the photographer.  More information available at the link above.

Photojournalist Mark Lambie

Photography by Mark Lambie
Sunland Park U.S./Mexico Border
El Paso Times: click here

Photojournalist in the El Paso community Mark Lambie, website: click here

The Story of Rosa Moreno

We Are Disposable
20 Years After NAFTA, The Plight Of Mexican
Maquiladora Workers has Worsened
Article: click here

Powerful story by Melissa del Bosque, photography by Alan Pogue.  

More information on Alan Pogue visit:

Through the Eyes of Ethiopian Children

Through the Eyes of Ethiopian Children
CNN Photo Gallery: click here

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Purchase: click here

A software I was thinking about purchasing.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gianmarco Panucci

Cape Flats Gallery: click here
Photographer: Gianmarco Panucci

Created Equal by Mark Laita

Created Equal by Mark Laita

More information: click here

"In America, the chasm between rich and poor is growing, the clash between conservatives and liberals is strengthening, and even good and evil seem more polarized than ever before.  at the heart of this collection of portraits is my desire to remind us that we are all equal, until our environment, circumstances, or fate molded and weathered us into whom we have become. 

I photograph what I love about my country, which is the American.  By that I mean the individual who is shaped from more than 200 years of liberty and independence missed with all the successes and failures that America has experienced in its short life.  So here is a collection of these creatures.  Tragic and wonderful, great and ordinary, they stand proud and ready for scrutiny." - Mark Laita

Friday, November 29, 2013

Photograph by Ali

Fall Trail

A heck of a shot by Ali in Illinois.  For the fall season.

Photographer Joseph Rodriguez

by Joseph Rodriguez

I was inspired by Joseph Rodriguez before I realized I was looking at a Joseph Rodriguez photograph.  Several years ago I picked up a copy of The Beat Within, Illustrations from the Inside, which along with artwork included a few photographs from Joseph Rodriguez.  It would be a few years as my interest for photography grew before I started to connect the photographs I'd stumble across on the net to the name, Joseph Rodriguez.  This text Juvenile is a work of art... an incredible collection that tells a powerful story of the lives represented through Rodriguez's lens along with Rodriguez's own life as well.  Below is a link to the Amazon location for purchase and the quote included at the beginning of the book by James Baldwin, source "Autobiographical Notes".

"One writes out of one thing only - one's own experience.  Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give.  This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.  The difficulty, for me, of being a Negro writer was the fact that I was, in effect, prohibited from examining my own experience too closely by the tremendous demands and the very real dangers of my social situation." - James Baldwin

Juvenile on Amazon: click here