In November of 2014 dimaggio-kalishworkshops brought a group to Cuba. We called the trip “Photographer’s Eye on The People of Cuba.” In the small town of Cienfuegos I met a lovely and passionate artist by the name of Annia Alonso. We exchanged contact information.
One day I received an e mail asking if I would be interested in representing her in the States. After much deliberation, I figured why not? Artists helping Artists. I get it! Annia is part of the National Union of Writer and Artists (UNEAC) and this is how we first met. She has a Gallery nearby. In a very short time with many texts exchanging information back and forth we became friends. She told me a delightful story about meeting Jimmy Buffett at her first art show where the owner of the Gallery was friends with him. At the time she did not know who Jimmy was but was invited by the host of the Gallery to stay afterwards and play dominos with Jimmy as her partner. He gave her a CD of his music. She came back the next day and he was still there and he bought one of her engravings. The one he liked best was called Islands. He encouraged her to organize a show in America.
I am including some of my favorite engravings & Paintings (first three are engravings) of Annia’s. She has many more. If anyone has an interest in her work for purchase or for a show please contact me directly.
Just for the record dimaggio-kalishworkshops is planning another trip to Cuba October 19-26 2015 We still have some spaces available. If you like to join us please contact us as soon as possible. Click here for our Upcoming Cuba Trip
Sometimes small things you do, can make a great difference in your photography. For instance, while shooting on the beach one day, I decided to intentionally silhouette parents and their children playing in the surf to make the photographs more universal. Normally when shooting into the sun you open up about a stop and a half for the back light. Here I did not. As a follow up afterwards, again looking for a different “feel,” or emotion in a couple of the photographs, I chose to make one of the photographs monochromatic and all golden and the other in sepia which sets a mood as well to the photos. The gold toned photo possibly representing the end of day and the other one in the sepia tone gave it a more nostalgic feel. The possibilities are endless.
After going to Fretta’s Italian store for some fresh mozzarella, I walked to our local Patisserie in town for some freshly made bread (yes our Patisserie makes bread also.) Walking past The Fauchere, I saw many colorful beautiful Maple leaves that had just fallen to the ground. After picking up a couple baguettes and of course a little dessert, I collected a handful of colorful leaves and brought them back to my studio. I set up the leaves using some back light and a little side light to bring out their color and texture. A representative that worked at my bank had these little clip-on stands on her desk with advertisements for the bank. I had asked her when they were finished with them, if I could have a few because they would work very well to hold small tabletop objects in the studio. Well, I was right! They worked great to hold these leaves. Normally I would choose either to work with one leaf or three (it’s better to compose with odd numbers) but I was surprised that some of the shots with two leaves worked really well also.
For those of you who’ve never tried Nik’s software plug-ins I would highly recommend them. They are fabulous. With the right photos they are truly amazing. All I can say is don’t misuse them but for the occasional use on a particular photo they can really add that special something. In addition their Snapseed app for the Iphone is also a one-of-a-kind app. All the other copycat apps don’t compare in my opinion.
Yes I haven’t been blogging. I’ve been caught up again in the hum drum business stuff. Our workshop website needs to be radically changed so guess what? Yes, I’m working on the changes and things are coming together a little more slowly then I was hoping for. We all know stuff that looks easy sometimes is not that easy! I also have to figure out some new fun workshops to put together. We’ve also been updating our back up system to a professional system made by Wiebetech and the changeover takes time. It’s one thing adding new work but organizing old work, cleaning it up etc seems like it’s never ending. To top this all off I have jury duty Friday.