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Well Damn, Look At This...

Look, I'm not even going to begin this piece by saying too much other than, "Look at us, who would've thought, not me..." It's not every day, I get to stroll through neighborhoods lined with Palm Trees, bridges, and actual water within canals. After taking this picture, I uploaded the image and text to a friend of mine who really didn't have too much to say about the picture. I was hyped and he was more "Ehhhh" which reminds me, this is all subjective.

My want is to do more street photography but my time is predicated by work calls, emails, and moments of uncertainty. If I'm being fair, uncertainty plays a part in everyone's life, as there are zero assurances within this world of ours.

A friend of mine told me this morning that I'm a typical Aquarius, needing to be loved but bucking the idea of someone actually loving me. During our time walking about, I found myself wondering if my Love would stand by me and smile as I squatted down to take pics, catch angles, whilst randomly singing. We all need a ride or die of sorts, someone who's willing to drink a slurpee and have their tongue blue but also choke out the girlfriend of the guy you've just placed into a rear naked hold (sue me, I watch UFC).

Back to the picture and my excitement of capturing something that has eluded me for far too long. This photographic journey has been a rather long one without too much fanfare. I do think my images are unique in the way they're composed, a very special thanks to the gents at the local photo store for ensuring my ego would never get in the way. Those guys knocked me down when at the proper time but here I am now, wondering if I can be considered one of the better eyes within this town of ours.

We speak of diversity and it mattering and in some cases, it not mattering however within the city I live in, the diversity scale has been broken for some time. I can't recall the last African American face to grace a commercial that isn't sports related or comedic; in the same breath, I can't recall any African American person within the arts being recognized for their contributions to the advancement of....

WELL DAMN, LOOK AT THIS, this picture has me thinking that I can be the change I want to see. They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words", the truth is I have more than one thousand words to share about what's in focus and what isn't, what has been added and what has been taken away from us.

Before the end of this year, I hope to post some of my work within a gallery, I also hope to take to the stage a few times and share some stories about life, art, travel, and this blog thing I do on a monthly basis.

No one is concerned about the pigmentation of my skin as much as they are with the weight of my words and images. I'm concerned that I'm not providing enough color or light for the world around me. All of this sparked from my 87K picture, taken within my 45th year of life.

Yea, I'm going to be the answer to what is missing here.... "I mean, who would've thought". Side note, this print looks amazing on my wall and will on yours as well, don't be too proud to contact me.

"Proxeteme besarme como si me hubieras extrando. Pondremos celos al fuego de nuestro calor..."

- The Awkward Years, (Winter '21)

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