Photographic art & community shared thru photography.

My goal for this blog is to capture history, culture & our community through my camera lens. This blog is in essence my photographic diary, telling stories of New York City with my camera; taking photographs all over; sharing subjects I find to have beauty, or of special quality. Creating an historical archive of the people of New York City. I also like to share my photographic art, mostly derived from my photo taking. I am attracted to many different types of photography, and I hope you enjoy my photographs.

Fractal Art: Vortex Of The Mind

It has been quite some time since I’ve created fractal art. I call this “Vortex Of The Mind.” As I was envisioning what I wanted to create, I thought about how the minds of young people vacuums up all kinds of data, in the form of images, movies and sounds. The “Vortex Of The Mind” is a representation of that young mind. However, the left hemisphere that controls logic is stressed because it sees no substance of value to take in. The young brain keeps pulling and pulling, and pulling, until finally it realizes that there is nothing but black space; left alone to create their own thoughts without guidance.


Cell Phone Photography: Let There Be Light!

One of the biggest complaints that traditional/professional photographers still have today, is that the internet culture (social media specifically); Facebook, Tumblr, etc, has changed not only the meaning of photography, but the perception of photography as well. Having said that, photography as an art form is difficult for a lot of people to grasp, because of the thousands of specific types of imagery they are exposed to daily on many of those social media sites. But then again, my views has started to change over time; because it turns out that more and more photographers are also using these same kinds of social media to promote their work, including Facebook. This is a great thing in my opinion, because now it means that “the art of photography” is not really lost, we just have to do a little bit more digging to find them. The important thing is, remember what I’ve said before; “there is a huge difference between a picture and a photograph.” I picture is just just an image that will quickly be forgotten; but a photograph tells a story and will most likely always be remembered. The most beautiful thing I enjoy about being a photographer, is being able to take beautiful walks and actually see not only the story in this particular shot, but the unique art in the shot. My art. My lens. My process. My unique expression. My unique photography.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 22 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/3152s

The Joy Of Being A Photographer

Photography is not only a way to literally freeze a moment in our history; it is also an open window to a world of various philosophies through each photographer’s eyes. It is the perfect medium in which to create amazing visual art. Combining photography and software gives us limitless power over our artistic creations. But what is art? Art means many things to many people; in fact the meaning of art is a philosophy on to itself. Just like politics, if you asked a hundred people what is art? You’ll get 100 different answers; and more than half of those people will insist they are giving you the right answer. Although, I will not lie, if you want to create “good photographs,” knowing the technical side of photography is very important. However, enjoying what you do should take first priority. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, it will show in your photographs. I also think that we should make the distinction between enjoying photographic art, and actually creating photographic art. Just because you enjoy looking at photographic art, doesn’t necessarily mean you now automatically have the “calling” to be a photographer (these are two totally different things). Just be confident in your own photographic abilities; as you learn more about photography, your instincts for knowing when and what to shoot will come.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 5 May, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/1872s


Cell Phone Photography: Cornered

From beginning to end, this was such a difficult shot for me. Sometimes I forget what a pain in the ass some of these angles can be. What the hell, this is what I got just before my patience ran out.. LOL

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 5 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/826s

Black: 5 In 1 Building

I absolutely love buildings with interesting structures like this. Anyone that says there is no art in NYC, needs to get their head examined.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 1 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/372s

Framing That Perfect Shot

Depending on your purpose, you can pretty much take photographs with ANY device today. It can be either a “point and shoot,” DSLR (mirror or mirrorless), iPad, a simple camera phone. These devices take photographs in various degrees of quality, so it is important to understand your equipment, and know which of these devices is practical (or acceptable) for what you’re trying to do. Yet, at the same time, a real photographer will also tell you that it’s not about the gear, but the photographer him/herself. Not just his/her photographic eye, but also skill; on the camera, on the computer, and with his/her vision. Neither of these things can be out of sync. I don’t care how much software skills you have; if you don’t have a vision for YOUR art, then you won’t be able to see with your camera; and then be able to enhance (or create art) what you saw using your software. Taking a “good photograph” doesn’t mean the photographer has to sharply stop objects in motion; this isn’t the meaning of photographic art. Photography means “to draw with light,” and like any other type of drawing, you tell a story with that drawing. Making great photographs takes time to develop. Each one of us finds our inner photographer at different stages in our lives. Once we find that inner photographer, we can then build on it as time goes on. If a photographer still thinks that spending thousands of dollars on a camera (only to stay on automatic mode) is what’s going to give them perfect pictures every single time; I’d say that is a pretty insecure photographer (or lazy) about his or her abilities to take photographs. One thing money absolutely cannot buy, is an innate ability to create photographic art.

So many people who don’t understand photography, think that they can just purchase a “good camera,” and make 6 digit figures a week. This is absolutely not true at all! Which is one of the reasons most REAL photographers have to supplement their income by doing multiple jobs. Despite what many of you may falsely imagine, photographers don’t make thousands of dollars of random pictures of people on the internet (this is not the meaning of what it is to be a photographer). So please, don’t get your panties in a bunch! If it were true that every photographer can potentially make a 6 figures, almost every single person on the planet would be a photographer by profession. Not only that, the world would be terribly imbalanced. People take for granted how difficult street photography is. Often times there are many obstacles that come in to a frame that is uncontrollable. Sometimes you can quickly improvise, sometimes you can’t. Sometimes you have to let it go, sometimes you get a second chance. But one thing is for sure about street photography, if you don’t take a chance and shoot, you may never get another opportunity to shoot that same shot again. However, this is also in the fun of being a street photographer; “the chase for that special photograph that becomes a piece of our archived history.”


Shades Of Black: Just Chillin’

I Know You Got Soul

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Credit:
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Caption: I Know You Got Soul
  • Taken: 13 September, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +5EV
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • Title: I Know You Got Soul

Cell Phone Photography: Three Way!

I sure wish I had my Nikon on me when I took this shot, it would have been sooooo much better. However, it’s still an amazing shot tho.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 30 April, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/1040s

Black Light Photography: Red Rose

Unfortunately, today’s shots wasn’t a pleasant experience. The first set of plants (not sure what they were called, but they looked like large tulips), I realized within the first hour I was allergic to them. I had to rap up those bad boys in a garbage bag. 🙁 . Second was some mixed red and white roses. I decided to purchase an inexpensive black light for effects (it wasn’t a real black light I remembered growing up with, but it was good enough for what I wanted to do). The shots were kind of difficult, because it wasn’t a very powerful black light, so there wasn’t a whole lot of wiggle option; but I finally got the shot I liked. I tried doing something different by using a can of gold paint, but the odor was just way too strong for me to handle, so I had to pack everything up. So unfortunately, no gold photos today. In the future, I will try to have a better game plan. Mean while, enjoy The one shot I did like!


  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 2 May, 2015
  • Exposure bias: +3.3EV
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 30s

Creating Art With Photography

As I’ve said before, to the average Joe, photography is just a matter of pressing down a button. However, photography is so much more than what people realize. I think the true meaning of photography and art, has gotten lost in the fast-paced world of technology. In other words, more emphasis is on the gear, and not the skill of the photographer. Contrary to what  many people believe, photography is a LOT of work. Perhaps it can also be mentally exhausting if you don’t enjoy what you are doing. Any 4 year old baby can press down a shutter button; but a photographer can intuitively see a potential shot as it comes, and quickly change settings as needed. Each person has their own unique photographic eye; and while it is great to have mentors, it is important to follow your own photographic instincts. Software can enhance your shots, but it absolutely cannot help you find them; neither can it help you gain creativity. Creativity doesn’t come from $$$$ software, or a $4,000 camera, with a $10,000 lens. Creativity comes from the heart, and the love of capturing images that show a piece of history. Having fun is also a very essential ingredient in photography. If you are unable to have fun, you might as well just hang-up photography now.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 24 April, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/3296s

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens | NYC April 18, 2015

Today I went to Brooklyn Botanical Gardens with my photography friends. It was an incredibly beautiful and hot sunny day today; I enjoyed it very much. It was the first time I ever been to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and it was much bigger than I ever imagined. I saw many different types of flowers, plants and even a rock collection. Many sections of the garden had wonderful natural fragrances coming from the plants. We couldn’t exactly pinpoint which flower it was, but to me it smelled a lot like Lilac (very nice smell in my opinion). Although there was many plant like to capture, I’ve noticed that it seemed as though they had an abundance of a yellow flower (unfortunately, I don’t remember the name, but I’ll post it later). Maybe it’s because it’s just getting warm. Hopefully we’ll see an even greater variety. I went inside two beautiful “green houses,” but I did not stay in the first one for long, because their was a smell that was extremely pungent. It was quite hard to breath, I don’t know if it was allergies, or I couldn’t handle a room crowded with green plants. These were the kind of plants you’d see in one of those 40-50’s  jungle movies. The other “green house” I went to was nice, but the leaves were too small to take closeups. Enjoy!