Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Year of Moving Fast, A Creative Endeavor!

2013 has been a great year for me in photography.  I've had a chance to take a few photography trips, gotten out on several weekends, and was even able to get some images while on assignment.  Here is one of my favorites! 



I was in Death Valley during the winter solstice, an hour before dawn. Temps in the low teens with winds that were impressive to say the least. I wasn’t waiting for the sunrise, I wasn’t waiting for the perfect light, it was already here, I was just being here. I took a few exposures via cable release, quickly checked the histogram for confirmation and then bracketed a few more, and then, as the sun started to rise, the moment was over for me.
A week after I returned from “The Valley of the Red Ochre” (as Death Valley was originally named), I had the pleasure of producing and shooting a new project. I can recall taking the very first exposure thinking, "here we go...I hope this whole thing works out". The crew was gracious, kind and professional. Four days, 30 bridal gowns, and 600 shots later I was editing my selects for the client.






Styling : Lauren Raske
Model: Angela Izzo & Chantal Mamula
Hair and Make Up : Liz Jacobs





The Dad Vail Regatta  
Aberdeen Asset Management who sponsors this race in my hometown of Philadelphia hired me for this assignment the previous year and I was pleased and grateful to be called back!




Team Business USA  
The concept is simple; gather a classroom full of high school students from different backgrounds and ethnicities and teach them the importance of teambuilding to achieve business objectives while quickly breaking down conversational barriers and bringing the participants together through the intensity of a fast-paced and dynamic competition. The emotional power of these interactions has a powerful and lasting effect on these young students and is for many, a road to increased self awareness and self confidence. The project has been incredibly rewarding and it is deeply humbling to have played a role in this educational effort. My eternal thanks go out to all involved.





Healthy Steps Pediatrics
I was asked to return to photograph the staff here in Exton, PA after photographing their newly remodeled facility earlier in the month. They were friendly and cheerful and we had a great time together!



The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso  

I was hired to shoot this project after my client found my commercial website. Colorful architecture and attractive landscaping make up The Outlet Shoppes of El Paso. I decided to shoot the project in full sun as opposed to dusk. The color of the pavers and sky in full sun really complement the stucco and trim of the building. With a bold color pallet like this the buildings really lends itself to daylight images.  The photos turned out great and the colors really popped!



The Colors of Albuquerque      
I was hired by Hertz Rent A Car to photograph destinations in four cities for their “Never Lost” navigational system. It was an awesome experience to shoot this unique assignment and also a great opportunity for me to go back to one of the West's most unique cities.




Life as an Itinerant Photographer  
I exhibited at  twelve shows this year and it’s been a successful season overall by many standards. In a declining economy, my sales are trending upward (thank you!), and I’ve had better acceptance than ever at art shows.  I’ve managed to get into many of the top shows on the east coast, some of which I will apply to again, and some of which I won’t. My new work is pleasing not only you, but me as well. I've had images licensed for book publications, several gallery exhibitions and even had an image selected for inclusion in the 2014 National Park Service Calendar.





I photograph for a living. I’ve been shooting to make ends meet since I left school. It is my way of surviving, of earning a living and of navigating this world. It is my way of bringing something to the table, contributing what I believe is the best thing I have to offer for others to enjoy. I am also in the business of storytelling. I always have been, always will be. Telling stories, bringing life to characters, devising plots, visualizing scenes and staging sequences of events, images that tell a story. All in exchange for a penny, a smile and a little of your time and attention.




Sunday, December 1, 2013

Wandering through Time and Place



“Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.” ~Helen Keller

We had landed in Vegas early, rented a car and were driving to Death Valley. With less than an hour to go  I thought maybe I was experiencing a mirage in the desert but as I got closer I realized that both my wife and I couldn’t be experiencing the same mirage. Could we?


When Belgian artist Albert Szukalski launched what would become the Goldwell Open Air Museum in 1984, he chose nothing less than a life-size reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" with hollow, ghostly figures in place of Jesus and his apostles. The location of “The Last Supper,” so close to Death Valley, holds its own symbolism.  It echoes timeless themes of loss, death and redemption.  Szukalski subsequently created two other pieces here, “Ghost Rider” in 1984 and “Desert Flower” in 1989.




 Other prominent Belgian artists later added their own creations, including a rusted-steel silhouette of a prospector and a penguin and a two-story nude woman rendered in cinder blocks so she resembles a voluptuous set of giant Lego bricks.

Szukalski, who died in 2000, hoped people would stumble across the sculptures by accident and experience them without completely understanding what they were. Though accidental visits still occur, the sculptures has developed an international following -- and become a modest destination in itself -- thanks to the Internet.


If you want to visit this area be sure to check out some of the other sights we “discovered” while driving in the area including Rhyolite, the most famous ghost town in the West. There you’ll see the Bottle House, built from 50,000 beer and liquor bottles by an enterprising (and very thirsty) miner. Also the ruins of the three-story bank and what’s left of the old jail and schoolhouse. At its height, Rhyolite was home to a stock exchange, a red light district, hotels, stores, a hospital and an ice cream parlor. The town was abruptly abandoned in 1919, but you’ve still got the chance to glimpse the ghosts of its lively, wild past.



Monday, October 28, 2013

Reflections on this year's exhibits


Looking back on the twelve shows I did this year, it’s been a successful season overall by many standards. In a declining economy, my sales are trending upward (thank you!), and I’ve had better acceptance than ever at art shows.  I’ve managed to get into many of the top shows on the east coast, some of which I will apply to again, and some of which I won’t. My new work is pleasing not only you, but me as well.
I’ve met some wonderful folks on the circuit and nothing makes me happier than when collectors allow me to photograph the artwork that they purchased from me hanging in their homes and workplace. From a brownstone in South Philly to a vacation home in Eaglesmere, here are some examples of my limited edition photographs hanging in their new destination.





I believe that when you look at something I've shot and pay for it, both in terms of your money and something much more valuable, your time, you are entitled to get the best I can produce. This is not a hobby, it is a profession
Finally, to top it off, I’ve won a few awards along the way and had some wonderful exhibitions including,


National Park Service Calendar

New Hope Art show, 1st place in Photography
Delaware Valley Artist Guild, Honorable Mention.
Vala Vineyard, Avondale, PA
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
Tyme Gallery, Havertown, PA
Chadds Ford juried art show, Chadds Ford, PA
Annex 24 Gallery, Lancaster, PA      
Immaculata University, Rosemont, PA
Rehoboth Arts League, Rehoboth, DE
Z Gallery, West Chester,PA

I think that’s it. At least those are the ones that come to mind. Thank you, judges, jurors and of course the collectors who continue to inspire me and to put into perspective what I do.


To view my fine art photography please visit me here.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Colors of Albuquerque


I was recently hired by Hertz Rent A Car to photograph destinations in four cities for their “Never Lost” navigational system. It was an awesome experience to shoot this unique assignment and also a great opportunity for me to go back to one of the West's most unique cities; Albuquerque!



One of the most colorful surviving stretches of the fabled historic highway happens to be one of Albuquerque's main drags, Central Avenue. From college-cool Nob Hill, up near the University of New Mexico campus, to the decidedly untamed stretch at the western gateway to town, there's great neon (and great photo ops) in abundance.

Designed as a stylized Mayan pyramid, with interior elements modeled on Romanesque architecture, the National Hispanic Cultural Center has already won two architectural awards for interiors and lighting.



The Isleta Casino and Resort is a Pueblo establishment that features a luxurious hotel, a relaxing spa, a conference center and an outdoor amphitheater.




The Sandia Resort & Casino is another Pueblo resort featuring a casino, a hotel, a conference center, and an 18-hole golf course.

I always have a good time on unique shoots like these, and thanks to my newest client I hope to have many more!.






Friday, August 30, 2013

The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso



I was hired to shoot this project after my client found my commercial website. Colorful architecture and attractive landscaping make up The Outlet Shoppes of El Paso. This factory outlet shopping center is comprised of over 90 stores, including Banana Republic, Kenneth Cole, Coach and more. I decided to shoot the project in full sun as opposed to dusk. The color of the pavers and sky in full sun really complement the stucco and trim of the building. With a bold color pallet like this the buildings really lends itself to daylight images. The photos turned out great and the colors really popped!






If you have a project that has been recently updated or you were unhappy with the images you have, let me know.  I would be happy to discuss how to best approach your project photographically.   

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kids, Colors and Stethoscopes!

I had the recent pleasure of shooting the newly remodeled Healthy Steps Pediatrics office in Exton, PA. for the designer. As you can see this is a very vibrant space with an open floor plan. Even on a dark and gloomy day this office is bright and cheerful. A great deal of planning goes into shoots like these because the rooms that need to be photographed were also booked with appointments. Needless to say not everything goes as planned but I was asked to return to photograph the staff for their website and that makes for a good day!













Friday, June 28, 2013

Jim Evangelista goes back to college



It is always an honor when individuals/organizations you admire knock on the door to collaborate. I’ve admired the mission of Team Business USA for a long time now and when they asked me to do a shoot at the University of Pennsylvania I jumped at the opportunity.


The concept is simple; gather a classroom full of high school students from different backgrounds and ethnicities and teach them the importance of teambuilding to achieve business objectives while quickly breaking down conversational barriers and bringing the participants together through the intensity of a fast-paced and dynamic competition. The emotional power of these interactions has a powerful and lasting effect on these young students and is for many, a road to increased self awareness and self confidence. The project has been incredibly rewarding and it is deeply humbling to have played a role in this educational effort. My eternal thanks go out to all involved.
 












Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Dad Vail Regatta

 From bridals gowns to scullers – it has been a diverse and fun month. Here are some images from my shoot at the Dad Vail Regatta. About 3,500 athletes from more than 125 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada compete in the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the nation and a Philadelphia tradition.


Since 1934 the two-day race has taken place on a six-lane, Olympic-length course. They begin just north of where Kelly Drive intersects Hunting Park Avenue, and end 2,000 meters later at the Grand Stand, just above the Columbia Avenue Bridge.









My thanks to my client, Aberdeen Asset Management who sponsors the race.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bridal Gown Photography Shoot

I had the recent pleasure of producing and shooting a new project. I can recall taking the very first exposure thinking, "here we go...I hope this whole thing works out".

Every body of work comes to life in it’s own unique way and I’d like to thank everyone involved in making this project a success. The crew was gracious, kind and professional. Their willingness to participate fueled the progress of this 2 day shoot. For this shoot the following was brought: a strobe kit, grids, light stands, gels and diffusion (simple, simple, simple). Intentionally, I wanted to get by with less. Sometimes the secret is eliminating some of the distractions.

It was my pleasure to create a new product page and promo with the client. This was our first collaboration...I'm looking forward to the next.











Styling : Lauren Raske

Model: Angela Izzo & Chantal Mamula

Hair and Make Up : Liz Jacobs