Take a Walk on the WILD side…

I would say that many of us as photographers have taken that walk on the wild side trying to get that vision of an image we want!  I can say I’ve had my share of those walks. There is something about that sign” Do Not Enter” or ” Private Property” and etc. That just makes that curiosity truly kick in. As I decide to take that leap of faith and trust that what ever is inside is either not going to get me or get me in some type of trouble as well.. I would say that I don’t go into peoples private yards nor homes but I have broken those rules in abandoned buildings, construction sites or areas that let’s say watch your back! Living is St Louis has some what a sort of ADRENALINE RUSH in certain areas that many wouldn’t even consider wanting to get lost but as a photographer I do take some risks. I try to not be to adventurous in areas that I feel are way to DANGEROUS. I’ve been wanting to visit this place ever since I got here! A block away I have a coffee shop and one of the guys that work there saw my camera and said ” Oh you need to visit the area were the flood walls are” there’s some amazing graffiti art!.. I speak for myself but I find that some graffiti art is just AMAZING! I don’t like it when they take advantage and think that the whole world should be GRAFFITI!  As we also know were there is graffiti there’s some what a bit of danger, specially in areas that are abandoned cause gangs do hang out in there and to mention drug dealing as well. Now, would I go at night, HELL NO! Nor I would go and hang out and have beers with buds!!! (lol). Going back to graffiti, I would say graffiti artist have a need to be heard with their art form and since it’s not welcome in many places they become rebels with it. Times have changed and more and more you see the city giving graffiti artist a freedom to express their art by letting theme tag in certain areas when the graffiti is beautifully done!. I find the colors, textures and drawings are just amazing! In this walk that you will take with me, you will see graffiti, old buildings, and a certain kind of  eerie feeling as well. Enjoy…Laz

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

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noun \ˈfō-kəs\…

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a : a point at which rays (as of light, heat, or sound) converge or from which they diverge or appear to diverge; specifically : the point where the geometrical lines or their prolongations conforming to the rays diverging from or converging toward another point intersect and give rise to an image after reflection by a mirror or refraction by a lens or optical system

2-: directed attention : emphasis
3- : a center of activity, attraction, or attention
 I thought that my trip to the ” Butterfly House “would be the best description to this challenge, cause trying to “focus” on these butterflies wasn’t an easy task. I need to go back again. I love butterflies I guess I would say an obsession of their beauty and colors!… Enjoy..
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New mix-media work..

Been busy working on my new mix-media work. I have these 2 new pieces and some others I haven’t photographed yet. It’s been quite exciting mixing my photography and creating textures in canvases, wording and lost/ found objects. I have like 3 other pieces with a spiritual/religious feel to theme. Ive also been working with canvases creating some amazing textures with gauze, fibers, fabrics, colors, etc. Just been letting my SOUL free to do whatever it wants.  I’m controlling anything my creative mat want to add to my pieces, it all works out at the end!!! Enjoy. As you all know, all my work is for sale…

 

 

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My window displays at Neiman Marcus..

So, this is what I do for a living, aside from my photography and art. I’m the Visual Manager for Neiman Marcus in St Louis.  I create the windows and concepts. I also decide the fashion as well. I’ve been doing this for over 25 years! I love what I do and I can always fall back on a job like this if I need to. I closed my shop cause this was an opportunity that many can’t have and I feel very lucky. I hope you enjoy my work… Laz..

 

 

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I’m Ready…

Hello, everyone, wow… Sorry that I took so long to start back in my blogging but the transitioning was not easy. Then I felt I just wasn’t ready to start blogging! As much as I hate to say it, I’m still trying to feel at home in this new city. I miss my mountains so, so much!!! Not sure how long I will be here, but I know that it’s for 2 years with my lease and my job after that then I’m ready to move on if it’s time. Right now, I’m just getting use to the weather, people, getting around, and trying to make time for my art, photography and cards. My new job is great! I get to do my window displays and handle merchandise that only I would buy if I was ever to get rich! It just kills me when I see what people spend. I see ladies that buy shoes for 650.00, 1,500, 400.00 like ordering a cup of coffee!.. Not sure if money is the answer to happiness, at least not for me. I’m not saying that is wrong or right to spend that type of money cause I guess some people have earned it working hard, but what I see is that it changes many people to be greedy and it scares me to even think of that. It’s nice having a paycheck every 2 weeks but I have to say that I do miss my shop!. It was my baby and I worked very hard for over a year to keep it up. I had no life but again, it was mine, I did what I wanted, had no boss to tell me what to do and meet some wonderful and amazing customers that have become very good friends. Ive been so out of the loop with blogging that I feel I’ve missed so much. But it’s funny how some times things trigger in you to start and get back on track. I won’t promise that I will blog everyday but I do know that slowly I will get back on track and you will see more of me going forward. I will leave you with my new work! I’ve been working with making images look old and I just love the process! Thank you all for waiting…I’m very happy to be back.. Enjoy my new work.. Laz

 

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