Friday, February 28, 2014

Flashback Friday #23 - "Dual City"

Today for Flashback Friday I would like to share not only a photo, but also a short story I wrote that connects with said photo. In the summer of 2010 I was fortunate enough to travel to Italy with my school and take a few classes. One of the classes being offered was called Urban Form and was about the evolution of cities and how they take shape over time. We had a few on site projects, but the one we had in Venice was the most fun by far. Venice was the last big city we were staying in and before the last night we were tasked with writing a short story about a city of our own creation that combined all of the knowledge we had learned throughout the trip. You could create any kind of city you wanted and several students took this to heart as there was at least one underwater city, one underground, and one even in space! We were then asked to read that story at midnight in St. Mark's Square! That moment will always be one of my most cherished travel memories, sharing the culmination of our experience in one of the most dramatic public spaces ever designed. Below is my story and I hope you enjoy. And try to imagine reading it in an urban campfire circle in the setting pictured above...but most of all Keep it REAL!

What can be said of a city? What defines a city? Is it in its origins or how it comes to life? That certainly contributes to what a city is but it does not explain it entirely. A city is in essence duality manifested. It is pure and un-clean, bright and dark, simple and complex, monumental and humble, bold yet serene, and both public and private. People find themselves in cities and define their lives by them, but people also loose themselves in cities and can start to blend in and forget their own individuality. Everyone experiences cities differently and take away certain aspects that start to shape them and build their character. This is exactly what Dual City does with its inhabitants and visitors. But if you were to ask anyone who lived in Dual City to describe it you would not get a straight answer. A wise man once said that if you live in Dual City "You will want to reach out your hands, brush away the clouds, pierce the sky, and search for the truth, but you will never find it. All you can do is find contentment in its constant duality." And people do find contentment in Dual City. It's because you can be whatever you desire to be, and you can also hide your true self just as easily. Yes, the people of Dual City can be just as eccentric as their chosen environment. Masks, just like the facades of buildings, are common here, but it's a good thing. It's more of a renewal in Dual City. A mistaken or scarred past is easily forgotten in Dual City and one can again begin to think of building the future, a brighter future. Dual City is a city of the past, but it is also a city of the future, constantly redefining itself and remaking itself. But with every city there is a difference between knowing the city and walking the city so, please, I invite you to walk Dual City with me because, in effect, what I have just described to you is every city you will ever visit...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Four Families - Album Release - March 1st

This Saturday my friend's band Four Families will be having their album release show! I have been following them for close to 2 years now and they always put on a great show. I have probably seen them live a dozen times and they have never once disappointed. I once told Robin, the lead singer, that I always leave their shows feeling good and usually still being able to hear! But in all seriousness you should come out to the show this Saturday at Rain Dogs and support the local music scene and who knows, you might have some fun too! If you are not familiar with their music take a look at this music video they just recently released for there song "La Florida" - and check out their facebook page. Keep it REAL!

"Baseball Bat" by Chase Burke

Early last week my good friend Chase Burke had a short story of his published on the Flash Fiction website SmokeLong. His story entitled "Baseball Bat" is a tale about a young man's struggles growing up and is very well written and surprisingly emotional. It is well worth a read. When Chase's story was accepted he was asked to provide a piece of art to accompany his work and he graciously asked me to submit one of my photographs. The photo you see here is the photo that was selected. It was taken in 2010 at a 4th of July party and after reading the story I believe you will see how it compliments Chase's work. Take a look and see for yourself - "Baseball Bat" - Keep it REAL!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


I have officially joined the masses of Instagram. I resisted for a long time, but now I am very much enjoying it. Since joining I now constantly find myself looking out for something to photograph and that keeps me on my toes, as well as being good practice for my more professional shooting. It also (since it's on your phone) frees me from the sometimes cumbersome large camera equipment I so often lug around. I hope you will join me on this new photographic venture and that you enjoy what you see. Thanks and Keep it REAL! - To follow me click here.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Flashback Friday #22 - LEGO

Today is the opening day for The LEGO Movie and I am not even exaggerating when I say I have literally been waiting my entire life for a LEGO movie. I've been playing with LEGOs since probably before I could walk and credit them with my decision to study architecture. I wanted to share some photos from my first visit to LEGOLand Florida back in December of 2011. The park is really geared towards a much younger audience, but LEGOs will always speak to the kid in me and anyone who thinks differently I say - "You can't ruin my fun!" Which is exactly what I told my family when we were heading to the park that chilly December morning. I had somehow convinced them to go with me and they were teasing me the entire drive about how excited I was. And when I heard years later about The LEGO Movie I showed the same excitement! I plan on seeing the movie very soon and regardless of whether it's good or not - You can't ruin my fun! But, if you're still on the fence just take a look at it's current Rotten Tomatoes score! And if you want a relic of a flashback to round out your Friday take a look at this LEGO Movie I made 7 years ago. I made it the summer before my freshman year at SCAD and you can see those art school tendencies building. Keep it REAL and (as LEGO would say) Play Well!