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Becca and Erica: Finally Legal

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing Becca and Erica’s Hollywood themed, 18th birthday celebration on Miami Beach. It was such a fun shoot thanks to these beautiful girls and their loved ones!

 



Coconut Grove Honors Our Veterans

November 11, 2011. Coconut Grove, Miami. Coconut Grove hosts the annual Veterans Day Parade. John Buller was enlisted during the Vietnam War, he claims to have been one of the "baddest" soldiers at the time.


I’m in Miami Beach

In South Beach, neon lights, palm trees and Mojitos.  Germans and Swedes, New Yorkers, Britons, Italians, Brazilians and Argentines. People from everywhere. They go to Sushi Samba on Lincoln Road, Mangoes Tropical Café on Ocean Drive, or The Big Pink on Collins Avenue. The bars seem to never close. You can leave club Mansion at 3 a.m., grab a slice of pizza on Washington Ave, and still have time to make it to the after party at Purdy Lounge.


On campus Farmers Market– Every students dream.

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl. October 5, 2011. Senior Emily Harkness shops for fruit during Wednesday's Farmers Market outside the Richter Library. The market, which was started by Student Government last year, is a weekly event.

 

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl. October 5, 2011. A variety of spices and herbs are sold during the weekly Farmers Market, which is located in front of the Richter Library.

 

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl. October 5, 2011. Tony Wang sells students French baked goods during the Farmers Market on Wednesday.

 

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl. October 5, 2011. Elihaj Dia shares his shea butter, which is extracted from a nut in African shea trees, with a UM student at the market.

 


Here’s to the crazy ones,

The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.

They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CRAZY ENOUGH TO THINK THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, ARE THE ONES WHO DO.  

Truly yours,
Apple

Thank you Steve Jobs, and may you rest in peace.


1,2,3, Mos Def & Talib Kweli

The hip-hop group Black Star performed at the Fillmore on September 27, 2011.  Black Star, made up of two commercially known MCs, Mos Def and Talib Kweli released their first and only album Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star in 1998. It is said that the MCs are working on another album together. Despite the fact that the MCs are officially solo artists, the Fillmore was completely crowded by fans of the legendary hip-hop group.

 

 


Miccosukee Indian Festival

 

 

During the annual Miccosukee Indian Festival there were games and attractions, food, and vendors selling cultural items.

Playwright Nilo Cruz

September 23, 2011. Coral Gables, Fl. Nilo Cruz is a Cuban playwright living in Miami and New York. In 2003, his play Anna in the Tropics, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He was the first Latino to ever win the Pulitzer for Drama. When asked about his achievement, Cruz answered, "I never really thought about receiving any award. That wasn't my incentive, and I don't think it should be. I was completely emerged in my work, nothing else."

September 23, 2011. Coral Gables, Fl. The highly acclaimed playwright, Nilo Cruz held a workshop at the University of Miami on Friday. He gave students the opportunity to share their written work and tips on how to improve. "I never use the phrase 'writers block,' I call it 'searching,' instead."

September 23, 2011. Coral Gables, Fl. Sophomore student, Annette Hammond presents her gratitude and esteem towards playwright, Nilo Cruz at the end of his workshop in the Theater Arts department at UM. Cruz is a well-known playwright that has taught at Yale, Brown, and Iowa University. 3 days before the workshop, he was offered to teach at Princeton University, "I am thrilled to start, this is such a privilege and honor."


My Dream Is…

August 13, 2011. Chacraseca, Nicaragua. Eduardo is 1 of the 34 Dreamers in the Tengo Un Sueño project.  501 c (3) non-profit organization: Imagination Federation, mainly focuses on this project dedicated to support 34 kinder and first grade students. We provide an extra teacher, two part-time community organizers, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, along with twice a week tutoring and warm lunch.  The project is unique in scope.  It is a 16 year  agreement among parents, teachers, and organizers to do everything possible to provide these children with the tools necessary to succeed academically.  See more of my photos taken in Nicaragua!

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University of Miami vs Ohio State TAILGATE

September 17, 2011. Miami, Fl. The Miami Hurricanes went up against No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night. Before the game, fans gathered at Sunlife Stadium to prepare themselves for the highly anticipated game by barbecuing, playing drinking games, and dancing. The Hurricanes victoriously beat the Buckeyes 24-6. 

September 17, 2011. Miami, Fl. UM fan, Joseph Lopez sprays beer on his friends while they cheer for UM during the tailgate at Sunlife Stadium.

 


Movement in SoBe


Rosita’s Abuelita


Feel Good Music

“The Monsters” a production team that first came together two and a half years ago consists of Stefan Johnson (sound engineer), Jordan “Boogie” Johnson (producer), and Alex “Xplicit” Izquierdo (songwriter).  The team is based in Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida. They create songs for pop, hiphop, and r&b artists such as, Ray J, Flo Rida, Mario, TI, Big Sean, etc. Follow the team on twitter: @_THEMONSTERS, @iamxplicit. 

September 9, 2011. Miami, Fl. Stefan mixes SRC/Universal recording artist, Paypa’s debut album “Feel Good Music”. The album is scheduled to release in the beginning of the upcoming year.

September 9, 2011. Miami, Fl. Stefan Johnson mixes “Feel Good Music” a debuting album for SRC/Universal’s artist Paypa. Stefan graduated from The SAE (formerly known as The School of Audio Engineering) in 2007 and immediately began his internship. “I got into this because I knew I could do music every single day, it doesn’t feel like work to me.”

September 9, 2011. Miami, Fl. Stefan discusses future collaborations with the rest of The Monsters, along with songwriter, Clarence Coffee.


Sheets on The Streets– The Great Grove Bed Race

September 4, 2011. Coconut Grove, Miami. Mr. Moes, one of The Groves most popular bars participated in the annual bed race during Labor Day weekend.

September 4, 2011. Cocout Grove, Miami. Participants of the Great Grove Bed Race dress up according to the theme of their mobile bed. The annual block party dates back to over three decades and celebrates with the Pajama Pub Crawl, a parade, and the traditional bed race.

September 4, 2011. Coconut Grove, Miami. Becky Fromm, a participant in the PUFF Dragon Boat Team gets ready for the Great Grove Bed Race. The teams of five consist of one rider and four runners. Each bed must run only by human power, be twin size, and have four wheels.

September 4, 2011. Coconut Grove, Miami. Sandbar, a bar popular to college students in Miami participated in the Great Grove Bed Race. Over ten teams of five people participated in the annual race that took place on Coconut Groves Fuller Street. Each team is judged based on their theme, decor, and speed.

September 4, 2011. Coconut Grove, Miami. The PUFF Dragon Boat team wins the race against the Wells Fargo team. This fundraising event donates to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

Fridays in Little Havana

On the last Friday of the month, the nonprofit organization, Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays Inc, hosts an event in Little Havana, Miami.  The street party consists of live music, art, mojitos, dancing, etc. This Miami neighborhood is known for its festive, cultural blend of art, music, and of course, Cubans.

August 26, 2011, Little Havana, Miami. Aurelio Garcia strategically watches his partner, Ramon Perez while playing dominoes during the monthly event. The famous Domino Plaza is surrounded by art and filled with competitive players like Ramon, "€œWe never fail to come here, it'€™s like our job."

August 26, 2011, Little Havana, Miami. Belly dancing instructor, Anaizh Huma arranges Deborah Zinn'€™s feathered hairpiece before her performance. Cultural Fridays/Viernes Culturales is famous for its performances, live music, and cuban food during their monthly event.

August 26, 2011, Little Havana, Miami. Gerardo Ortega lights his cigar during the street party in Little Havana.

August 26, 2011, Little Havana, Miami. Mariangela Varriale, a tourist from Italy, tries on a bracelet from a vendor at Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays. The monthly event invites different vendors and artists to sell their work.


Fireflies

Here I am, once again on another airplane. This time I’m headed towards a completely different direction: Central America. I was granted the opportunity to spend two months in Spain studying, traveling, and documenting of course. I’ve hopped aboard a different voyage now. This one won’t be surrounded by thousand year old basilicas or flower-filled balconies, though. There will be dirt roads, jocote trees and best of all, 34 bright smiles.  It’s my third summer going to Chacraseca, Nicaragua, I guess you can say that something about this country and its people sucked me right in.

With only two years of official existence, Imagination Federation has come a long way. This year alone, our non-profit organization raised over 20,000 dollars for Tengo Un Sueño and Escuela para los Niños. Both projects are geared towards the education of young people in Chacraseca. Tengo Un Sueño is dedicated to fund a 17 year education for 34 elementary school students known as The Dreamers.

With the help of volunteers, passionate leaders in Miami and Chacraseca, and generous donations, we were able to have an extremely successful year. We not only stay committed to our dreams in order to bring change to the Chacraseca community, but we also do it for ourselves. These trips create great shifts within us, remind us of our essence as human beings, and create a spark that continuously lights up, just like the fireflies that will surround us there.

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Mounting of La Tierra Prometida

Alicante celebrates its biggest and most important annual festival ¨Hogueras de San Juan¨ on June 23rd and 24th. The cultural event, ¨Bonfires of Saint John¨ consists of musical performances, bull fights, food contests, and most importantly, hogueras. Hogueras are enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Despite the fact that hogueras take up to year to create, they are all burnt the night of the 24th, the longest day of the year. According to the residents, burning the hogueras during the summer solstice represents cleansing the city from negativity.  There are 6 categories, and over 90 hogueras all around the city of Alicante.

Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The crowd in City Hall stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo Ramos stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. Rafa Gomez Fonseca hugs his brother after the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.


Hogueras Preparations,

Alicante, Spain. June 19, 2011. Children walk in El Barrio, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Alicante with a model of an Hoguera. Days before the festival officially begins residents walk around with costumes and masks and other preparations for the festival.


Hogueras de Ceramica

Alicante celebrates its biggest and most important annual festival ¨Hogueras de San Juan¨ on June 23rd and 24th. The cultural event, ¨Bonfires of Saint John¨ consists of musical performances, bull fights, food contests, and most importantly, hogueras. Hogueras are enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Despite the fact that hogueras take up to year to create, they are all burnt the night of the 24th, the longest day of the year. According to the residents, burning the hogueras during the summer solstice represents cleansing the city from negativity.  There are 6 categories, and over 90 hogueras all around the city of Alicante. For more photos of The Hoguera de Ceramica visit: https://natalieedgar.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/the-making-of-hogueras/

Alicante, Spain June 20, 2011. Noelia and other artists works on the finishing touches for the Hoguera de Ceramica. This hoguera was the winner in the “Special Hogueras” category. The prize is part monetary, but according to the workers “Its beyond the money and prize, we just want to be acknowledged for our beautiful art piece.”

Alicante, Spain June 20, 2011 The Hoguera de Ceramica was the winner in the “Special Hogueras” category. The prize is part monetary, but according to the workers “Its beyond the money and prize, we just want to be acknowledged for our beautiful art piece.”