My last final and photo essay presentation in Black and White Film Processing & Printing ended at 10 pm Monday. I was on the first flight to Amsterdam Tuesday morning at 8am. Whew! 🙂 Amsterdam was not previously on my radar, but what a great city! Initial impressions were canals on every corner, water everywhere, Tesla taxis, more bikes than cars, state regulated red light district, tall handsome people, cigarette smokers, non medicinal marijuana at coffee shops. I’ve got to get out more. 🙂
Visiting the Van Gogh museum was a real treat. It houses the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world as well as letters to his family and paintings of his contemporaries. I had forgotten how much I loved the art of 19th Century Europe. What resonated most with me about Van Gogh was that he started painting late in life after a couple of unsuccessful careers. He worked assiduously, took art classes, and studied with masters. He must have painted 50 self portraits! Hard to believe he only lived 37 years.
Below are some images of the city.
We’re winding down to the last two weeks; deadlines are fast approaching. Patti Silverstein will review our images tomorrow and pick the strongest ones. Next Tuesday chosen images must be printed and matted to be hung in the gallery. The following Tuesday the portfolio, business cards, and promo piece are due. “I’m doing my best. I’m getting through this, I’m in school to learn”!
Below are recent candidates for portfolio. Adan Alonso introduced me to John Marini, owner of Marini Music in Alhambra. I’m SO glad he did. As fate would have it a professional photographer (now drummer) was in the shop who was kind enough to assist me and give me portrait tips. God is good!
I can always count on DJ Warapo for a photo shoot. I even have full access to my favorite artist, Alexander Abreu, at a concert Warapo is promoting. ❤️
After critique of prior Amtrak engineer shot I decided to submit another shot from the session. We’ll see how that goes. 😊
Today I’m obsessing over the thousands of photos from my trip to Cuba last August that have not been culled, edited and published. Although some have been added to my flickr account my goal is to publish a photo travel book after each international trip. And I’m a couple of trips behind. In an effort to complete the book I’ll be blogging on certain sections starting with a fabulous Orisha dance performance in Havana de Cuba.
The performance accompanied by a historic group of all female drummers was held on the charming outdoor terrace of the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, UNEAC). Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba is located at Casa Juan Gelats, one of Vedado’s finest early 20th-century mansions. It is the site of cinematic events, lectures, and prose and poetry readings, as well as musical performances. There’s nothing like viewing the Orishas performed in Havana in such a culturally and historically rich setting. As an Afro Cuban dance student this was a super special treat for me.
Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba is located Calle 17 y Calle H, Havana, 10400, Cuba walking distance from our casa particular on Calle I. Afro Cuban performances are on Wednesdays and costs CUC 5.
A special thanks to Kay Torres for providing the planning, guidance, and translations that make my trips to Cuba extra special. Check out her web site, dedicated to creating a cultural crossroads between southern California and Cuba.