Flashback Fridays are back! After a little break from blogging I am back and will be posting some more photos and stories. This week we take a look at Disney! Last week I was in the Orlando area staying at my Uncle's house for a few days and while there I was able to visit Downtown Disney with my good friend Stephanie. We had a great time exploring the stores and themed restaurants, but it was during all that when I realized the last time I had been to any of the Disney parks was way back in 2008 (when these photos were taken at The Magic Kindom) and the last time I had been to Epcot, The Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios was back in the 1990's! Heck, the last time I was at Hollywood Studios it was still called MGM Studios! I have been on a Universal Islands of Adventure binge recently, having been 4 times in the past 3 years. Stephanie and I both had gone to the Disney parks loads of times as kids and we decided that it was high time for me to go again, especially after all the new stuff they have added in the past few years. New things like the new FantasyLand at The Magic Kingdom, which I hear is most awesome. And then I have also been missing out on the Star Wars weekends. Man, I need to get back on that Disney train. My good friend Thomas has even been to Disney parks in three different countries now so I have no excuses! haha. Disney, here I come - you know - when my schedule allows it. Keep it REAL everyone!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Just yesterday I hung up some photowork at the Anastasia Island Branch Library out near St. Augustine, FL. I now have work at two public libraries at the same time! The works I decided to hang at Anastasia are from my Great Connectors and Travel Archive series. I am excited for the chance to share these images once again and I hope that the library patrons enjoy them. The show will be up for the rest of June and through July so if you are in the area be sure to stop by the library. The people are very friendly and my good friend Stephanie works there even! I got more projects on the way so be on the look out for more photos and stories. And, as always, Keep it REAL!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Earlier this week I was able to hang some photowork at the Bartram Trail Public Library. I decided to show pieces from my Monumental Architecture series that I shot in Savannah, GA on 4x5 Large Format film. The pieces will be up for the month of June so if you are in the area drop on by and take a look for yourself. They are also for sale if you are at all interested. Keep it REAL!
Hello readers. This is post number 200! I wanted to mark this special milestone by saying thank you to all of you who keep reading this blog. It is all of you who continue to put up with my babbling and ranting and weird stories and this blog would never have gone as far as it has if I knew there was no one reading it. So, thank you. Please feel free to share, comment, and ask questions. Also you can suggest topics for future posts if you feel so inclined. I just might take them into consideration! But, as always - Keep it REAL! PHOTO REAL that is. Thanks again! Now on to the next 200...
Friday, May 31, 2013
If you don't know my big sister Allison - then you are seriously missing out on life! She is one of the most fun, inspiring, intelligent, and beautiful people I have the pleasure of knowing in this life and I will always be proud to call her my sister. Earlier this month Allison graduated from the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City with a Master's Degree in Education. She now has two degrees from two very well respected schools and did it all with a smile on her face (but only when she was not giving me the stink eye for doing something foolish...) She is the first one in our family to graduate from an Ivy League school and we could not be more happy for her and her future. She has already come a long way from her first degree from ELON University in North Carolina. After that milestone in 2008 she moved to New York and started working as a ParaPro at the Rebecca School in Manhattan, which specializes in education for students with learning disabilities. It was there that she discovered a passion for education through working with an AWESOME young student named Nick. She soon realized that she wanted to teach for a living and work with autistic children. She sought out higher education right in her backyard at Columbia University and is now a certified Master of Education! Go Allison! You Rock! We Love You! And remember to Keep it REAL! (Also, check out this link and try not to smile - I dare you...)
Friday, May 24, 2013
Last night I attended a special event at the MOSH (Museum of Science and History) in downtown Jacksonville. It was called Jacksonville by Design and was a panel discussion led by architects and urban planners about the future of Jacksonville as a city. Lots of topics were discussed that I researched during my thesis project last year such as creating more pedestrian friendly areas, installing better street lighting, making better public transportation, creating more events at night and on the weekends, and basically giving people a reason to come downtown. One really good part of the discussion begged the question that instead of looking to the bad examples of design in order to learn what not to do, we should in fact look to the good examples of design and start to celebrate those pieces of planning. If we look too much at the bad examples they will become road blocks and designers, as well as the general public, will get too hung up on them and start to resist change. But if we get excited about the good examples then we can start to advance and make better choices. Jacksonville has a lot of potential and I hope that the future will help make it into a leading example of city design and planning. The main problem at this juncture though is that there are so many ideas on the table but none are being used. One thing that was said at the discussion last night was that there are no "wrong" answers to any of Jacksonville's design questions. That may be true to an extent, but the problem with that is that no one wants to pick the "right" answer. Not every choice is going to be perfect or well received by everyone, but remaining static as Jacksonville has for the most part is certainly the wrong answer. The table of ideas has become the road block and we need to start clearing it. Take notice Jacksonville, keep looking to the future, and start taking action - and, as always, Keep it REAL!