Fight On

LOS ANGELES–My Summer gig working as a k-12 school portrait photographer extended into the Fall with a promotion. I recently completed the last week of a mentorship at University of Southern California. In addition to working on the USC campus, I worked a couple of days at Loyola Marymount University and University of California, Irvine.

I truly enjoyed the mentorship at USC. I never thought that I would visit the campus and experience its history. I had a memorable time while contributing in photographing the graduates- undergrad, masters and doctorate of the USC class of 2018.

I’m excited over the possibility of visiting more campuses throughout the country. My suitcase is packed and I’m ready to follow the direction the camera wants to focus on. #personalenrichment


Perpetual Personal Enrichment



San Diego, CA–Class session three of nine from the photography course I’m enrolled in was a field trip to Balboa Park in San Diego. It was during the second weekend of July, 2017. I had never been to the location before and it is another place I plan to re-visit. The architecture of the museums is beautiful.

For about two hours my class learned camera techniques on a lawn near the Botanical Building and picturesque Lily Pond.

The class session ended by attending the current black and white photography exhibition ‘Genesis’ by Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado at the Museum of Photographic Arts. I especially enjoyed three photographs and I hope that prints are available online. There was a poster collection that was being sold at the museum but some of the images I wanted weren’t included.

The photographs that I enjoyed the most were; a side view of penguins in an arctic setting in a near single file formation. Some of the penguins in formation are not facing forward like the others, and one penguin is seen at its mid-dive. Another memorable photo was of a medium shot of only a whale’s tail pointing up from the water with nothing else surrounding it–I saw beauty and solitude. I also enjoyed a close up photograph of an iguana’s hand. The closeness and detail of the subject made it interesting for me. I don’t think I would have known what the subject was, had I not read the information on the title card. The quantity of photographs and the representation of various continents made for an impressive exhibition.

After the exhibition, I enjoyed a meal with my plus one at the Prado Restaurant. I had the fish taco meal and he had the steak tacos–the chimichurri sauce was his deciding factor. We chose the outside seating and had a great lunchtime.

At the time of our visit, the Botanic Garden offered free admission and the Timken Museum of Art was based on a donation for admission. We went to both after lunch.

I heard that a railroad museum and a tower tour are recommended attractions. I look forward to those and to the San Diego Museum of Art on future visits to Balboa Park.

Salgado’s exhibition at the MOPA continues through September 30th, 2017 and at the time of my visit, MOPA was also based on a donation for admission.

A Natural Frame for the San Gabriel Mountains

Arcadia, CA–From cacti to peacocks, the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a place for good feelings to ‘super bloom’. Peace, love and creativity accompanied me as I walked the site.

My first visit there was mid-April, 2017. I appreciated the place for being somewhere beautiful to take a walk in Southern California. I saw the iconic palette of California poppy and other wild flowers during that time of year.

The sight and sound of a waterfall, the aromas of a rose garden and other plants, free roaming peacocks and squirrels and the presence of it’s City’s history were the standouts during that visit.

The pictures were shot with an iPhone. Looking forward to experimenting with photography by shooting with a prosumer camera starting July 2017.

DTSA exposure



Downtown Santa Ana,CA–I completed my first photography workshop,December 2016. I realize “It’s a Romance Thing” between ISO, aperture and shutter speed. How to create a coveted sweet relationship between these exposure controls is going to take a lot of practice, but I’m committed to increase my skill level.

When the class ended, the students from my course were allowed to join in on the last couple of hours of another workshop that was being taught in the next instruction room. The topic was lighting. I’m glad I ceased the opportunity to get the insight.

Before starting the hour plus commute back home… I ate tortilla chips, coffee, molé poblano con pollo, rice and beans at a restaurant in the next building–it was a quiet but beautiful and festive environment to digest–the meal and the new knowledge.


Handmade Love Monument in SoCal Desert


I first saw Salvation Mountain featured in the movie ‘Into the Wild’. I later realized the folk art was located not too far off a route my family takes on some road trips to visit other family members. I wanted to visit the colorful patch that is contrasted with much of it’s surroundings. I had a chance to visit on an afternoon trip in mid-April 2017.


The pictures were shot with an iPhone camera. Looking forward to shooting with a prosumer camera in the future.

LA Art Show


LOS ANGELES-The LA Art Show started over twenty years ago and offers a variety of art forms to experience. The current venue is the City’s convention center, which offers a spacious place for the event that exhibits mostly contemporary art.

LA Art Show Producer/Partner, Kim Martindale said the art is from 18 different countries.

“Over 100 different galleries are presenting their work, and there is a large range of museum involvement this year, which is really exciting— with installations and performance work, which is something that is unique to a moment. That’s a reason to come to the show, to see that unique moment or installation.” He said.

Artist, David Lloyd Glover, agrees that those components are among the most popular. “Opening night they have performance art and that is usually memorable. It’s nothing you can buy and take home with you, but it’s an interesting experience.” He said.

Although Glover likes to see the latest in contemporary art, “The part that I enjoy the most is the 19th and 20th century masters. However, for a city like Los Angeles, you really need cross-cultural exposure of different kinds of art, because we are a polyglot of different cultures and different ethnicities.” He said.

“You are probably going to find something you respond to, whether it is a Dansaekhwa art from Korea, which has grown in popularity over the last three years, to really avant-garde pop art or low brow art in a section of the show called Littletopia.” Martindale said.

Martindale added, “We also have a section of the show—Roots, which harks back to the beginning of the LA art show—those pieces, some say, might be a little more accessible because they are more realistic in their approach.”

“We have a section of prints that are affordable. You can start a collection or at least take home that piece—that unique thing that probably nobody else has. It’s not something (the event) that if you are afraid that you aren’t a collector, you shouldn’t go—it’s a place to come and enjoy and I do think that you’ll probably respond to something that you enjoy and are going to want to take home with you .” Martindale said.

LA Art Show organizers anticipated 70,000 attendees throughout the 5-day event, which include loyal visitors from the Inland Empire.

“For Southern California, it’s really the only international art fair you’re going to find. If you want to see leading art from around the world, you really have to come to this show in order to experience it.” Said Glover.

The next LA Art Show is scheduled for January 2018