ARTifice (noun. /ahr'-tuh-fis/ or /är'-də-fəs/) Human attempts to mask our desire to be hidden and create a new identity. But can what lies under, that which defines, the essence of a thing, be kept secret by these adornments? Can our ingenuity and technological advances remove the shared ousia of a divided people? Gaze at the celestial spheres and marvel, yes, but let not the mundane escape the categories of beauty and truth. My hope is that we might see the stories of others with their diverse plotlines, while at the same time discerning a broader narrative into which we all fit.
What a beautiful place and people! This gallery has images from San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, full of color, history, and seriously amazing food. Besides taking images of a gracious people and colorful streets, my favorite things were the chilaquiles, pottery, fruit cups, pyramids, practicing Spanish, gelato, university vibe, callejoneadas, funicular, museums, street tacos, and street vendors. Oh, did I mention the food?!
FALL IN EUROPE
Being from the New World, it makes a trip to Europe such a treat of, seemingly, ancient proportions. My time in the cities below were full of dark shadows, cobblestone streets, shafts of light, seasoned faces, and historic places...not to mention amazing cuisine. The folks of Continental Europe were warm like the Mediterranian waters and I am happy to say there were many welcomes for this Yank and his camera!
These are more punctuated collections of images grouped by theme. Hopefully they'll be ever-evolving, improving, and narrowing in on what I hope to express. Check back on occasion since my camera is always clicking!
PICTURE A CITY
What does a city look like? By this I do not only mean the style of architecture and whether or not it's a rural or an urban setting. Rather, if one were to patiently soak up the ethos of a municipality, observe its peoples, and learn its cultural mores, then what would be the image formed? Is it fair to even attempt the capture of this geographically united people-group, via picture? Maybe not, so I leave it to the viewer to judge. Here are galleries that attempt to paint a picture of a few places I've visited and come to love. They are rather extensive in nature so saddle in as we Picture a City.