BUENO POWER VLOG #15 - CAN'T BELIEVE I BOUGHT IT

Monday, May 22, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #21

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East Hartford, Ct / December 2016

I don't know this persons' name, but he comes to the river in the morning and I see him every once in a while. He usually cleans up the river park. Homeless, he just gets by as much as he can I guess. I wish I could do more for him, but you know... what can you do?

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STILL LIFE #20 - WINDOW COVER

Friday, May 19, 2017


Cromwell, Ct / March 2017

And as my "study" continues I'm starting to see the behavior of the light change day by day. As we headed further into Spring & Summer I've notice some movement of the light changing through the kitchen and house. It's hard to decipher when I should be present for the light, how long I should wait & what subject I should photograph. But this is part of the exercise I guess.

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GOALS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I'm gonna try to do my best to figure out how to increase movement on both the blog and my distribution. My current job looks like it's about to crumble and I'm at that point where I'm ready to just leave the damn place and figure shit out myself. Of course, it'd be dumb just to suddenly quit without having any kind of backup plan, but I intend to get something going before my departure.

But I'm in that moment where I'm scared of what may come. This is almost the same feeling I had when I was unemployed and didn't have anything going on. This was about 5 years ago that I had the issue of being trapped at home with no one to talk to and no one to hang out with. It was lonely those years and I'm surprised that I had gotten over that hurdle. The crappy part is that I've built this foundation with some of these people that I call friends and it's been so awesome to share some experiences with them. I'm just afraid that I'll be going through that same thing again when it's all over.

I'm talking crazy, I know, but I can't help feel that the future looks a little bleak right now. The state is currently under high alert on the budget, our grading rubric with DSS is VERY rigid, and on top of that the workplace is starting to feel more like a jail cell. It's absolutely nuts.

I'm not sure what will come of the next few weeks, but jeez man.. it look like it's not going to be very good.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #20

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Balloons / Middletown, Ct / 2016


Again... with the expired polaroid thing.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #14 - SHOWS AND BDAYS

Monday, May 15, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #20

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East Hartford, Ct / December 2016

This is George. He also works at Triple A Diner. He's kind of an ass, but I try to tip him well when I'm there every once in a while

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STILL LIFE #19 - BLANKET

Friday, May 12, 2017


At Home / Cromwell, Ct / March 2017

There's a sun roof that was built in our condo. One of the best things about it is seeing the light emit different areas of the living room. The couch gets the most attention from the light while on the sun's time to sleep it emits around where the dvd rack. This image is part of a crochet'd blanket that was given to us awhile back. I love the texture of it and how the light sort of brings out this fantastic pattern. I'll most likely feature this blanket in the blogs to come.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #19

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Balloons / Middletown, Ct / 2016

For a bit (and maybe still) I've been on the kick of photographing balloons. The thing that fascinates me with balloons is not only their shapes, but their colors. I don't know what it is about them. Of course, this picture is so expired that you can barely see the colors of the balloons. But whatever man..

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BUENO POWER VLOG #13 - PROGRESS REPORT #3

Monday, May 8, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #19

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East Hartford, Ct / December 2016
This is, I believe, the owner of the restaurant Triple A Diner. I don't see him often and I don't go there often, but there's something about that diner that has this light that I love so much. I come here to get a bite before I head to work when I do my crazy shifts.

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STILL LIFE #18 - STEMS

Friday, May 5, 2017


Cromwell, Ct / March 2017

From the first day I've learnt about him Andre Kertesz has been one photographer that has stayed consistent in my life. And as of late I've been thinking about his work through these still life's. It's hard to imagine that I'd get back on the horse with b&w and since I've shot years of color it's been pretty interesting trying to decipher what subject looks good in this workflow.

A lot of my subjects (for now at least) are of plants. They have their own way of growing up in the world and have their own way of making impressions. It's funny how much a plant can show you its feelings just by the way they grow.

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TAKE CARE OF THE ONES YOU LOVE

Thursday, May 4, 2017



I recently went to the front page of Reddit and saw this thread appear. The Redditor who posted this link shared a website of her friend who recently committed suicide. Claire Marley was a photographer based out of Shawnee, KS who was interested in photographing friends and her surroundings. She was a transfer student from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to the University of Kansas. She was also a teacher's assistant for the Shawnee Mission School District.

Most of the photographs seen in the portfolio are images of what could be her friends and surroundings. A lot these images are candid moments welcoming the audience a peak into her personal life. Some shot on film and most shot on digital, but still showcases that "at home" aesthetic. I can't say that her portfolio is strong with a good narrative flow, but I can say that these images were certainly a great start to what could have been strong bodies of work.

It's unfortunate this artist left the world early. It brings the issue that having good mental health is important. I'm not sure what her struggle was, but man it must've been so bad to the point that she wanted the pain to go away. It's okay to see a therapist. It's okay to talk to your loved ones about this kind of thing. It may seem like you're alone, but you're not and there are ways to get help.

If you or anyone who is struggling with this is please call for help.

To tell you the truth reading this thread spawned some memories that I've endured when I was young. I've lost friends through this and mental health is really important for me and my loved ones. Get help if you need it. You're not weak if you do so.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #18

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Jelani Sei / Middletown, Ct / 2016

This guitarist was pretty good. I loved the amount of control he had playing some of the parts of the songs. Slight sweeps here and there, weird chord grips, and the clean twinkly tone that I'm just so down for.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #12

Monday, May 1, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #18

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Cromwell, Ct / November 2016
In the earlier stages of learning how to use this camera I figured out a couple of things just through trial and error. I know that this image is a bit underexposed, but it showcases how I started using this camera. This is my wife having lunch with me.

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STILL LIFE #17 - PILLOW

Friday, April 28, 2017


At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2017

I've been doing my best trying to find light in certain areas of the house that emit a certain way. Whether if the sun directly hits the subject or some soft light reflecting it I'm observing the behavior and either taking pictures of it or making mental notes. This was, I think, one of my failed attempts of a good image.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #17

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


A Night with Invalids / Middletown, Ct / 2016

Again with Brock. Like I said I'm a big fan of this dude and I think that his work is absolutely incredible. Big ups my friend. I hope you do bigger things in the future.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #11

Monday, April 24, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #17


Middletown, Ct / November 2016

A usual customer just trying to get a drink

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STILL LIFE #16 - CURTAIN

Friday, April 21, 2017


At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2017

As the sun starts to emit more around the house lots of spot lights are occurring and I'm slowly studying its behavior. Sort of letting my observations come first rather than shoot. This is a new thing to me as I usually jump to take a picture rather than just wait for the moment to come. Taking my time... that's kinda new to me these days.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #16

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Jelani Sei / Middletown, Ct / 2016

When I first listened to this band I couldn't really make up what they were trying to accomplish in their song. It doesn't seem as refined as what I'm used to, but I think that the mixture they're trying to group up is quite interesting. Can't say I'm a big fan, but I can respect it.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #10

Monday, April 17, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #16

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Middletown, Ct / November 2016

I try my best to practice approaching strangers on the street. Sometimes they give me their time while others wouldn't. But sometimes I have that moment and I'm able to take their picture. Here's one of the images I took of a person just getting a cup of coffee. He doesn't seem nice, but I promise is alright.

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STILL LIFE #15 - FLOWERS

Friday, April 14, 2017

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At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

These are fakes, but sometimes the people that create them make them look and feel like a real flower. But that's just me I suppose.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #15

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


A Night with Invalids / Middletown, Ct / 2016

I never thought that this group of musicians would go out of their way to play at a Art Space. Brock Benzel has been one of my favorite guitarists so far. His creative outlet through Invalids, Good Game, and some other weird projects he's done have inspired me to play a little harder. I hope to see him more soon in the futuer.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #9

Monday, April 10, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #15

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East Hartford, Ct / November 2016

This guy usually sits me in when I would need a quick bite to eat before I head into work. I don't really know this guys' story, but I do know that this man is very chill. One of the many reasons why I come here if I need a quick bite to eat in the morning.

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STILL LIFE #14 - CUP

Friday, April 7, 2017

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At Home / Cromwell, Ct / November 2016

As I delve more into the still life study I find that little light can sometimes be good for your subjects. Emitting only partial areas of the subject can give you this interesting look.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #14

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Eh... He's Alright / Tewksbury, Ma / 2015
This was a pretty interesting day for sure. My brother-in-law and I were surprised with a celebration of our bday.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #8

Monday, April 3, 2017

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CAMERA GIVEAWAY

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Wanna win a free camera?

This is an Olympus OM-PC included with a 50mm 1.8 lens and a 28mm 3.5.

Send in your best image and explain your reason why it's your best.

1. size your images 640 on the longside
2. write a description of your photograph as to why you chose to send it(whether if it is a personal reason or technical reason)
3. send it to artbueno@outlook.com

I will choose the 5 best photographs from the submission and will announce the winner of this contest April 15th.This contest is only for US participants ONLY

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #14


East Hartford, Ct / November 2016

An amazing person for sure. She usually doesn't smile for the camera for me. Probably because I tell her not to.

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STILL LIFE #13 - TEAPOT

Friday, March 31, 2017


At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

I've been drinking too much tea lately


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EXPIRED POLAROID #13

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Courts / Lowell, Ma / 2016

You never know what you'll expect on outdated film. I realize that not every image is going to give me promising results. I was disappointed when this image came out of the camera, but decided to keep it. I think now it's become one of my favorite images.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #7

Monday, March 27, 2017




You guys want a free camera? I'm giving away a camera (Olympus OM-PC with a 50mm 1.8 and will also add in a 28mm 3.5 lens as well). all you have to do is this



1. size your images 640 on the longside

2. write a description of your photograph as to why you chose to send it(whether if it is a personal reason or technical reason)

3. send it to artbueno@outlook.com



I will choose the 5 best photographs from the submission and will announce the winner of this contest April 15th.



This contest is only for US participants ONLY

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #13

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East Hartford, Ct / November 2016

The dude is a smooth as a feather and kind as a bee. I don't know him very well, but from all that I've dealt with him he's a pretty nice guy.

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STILL LIFE #12 - PLANT

Friday, March 24, 2017

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AT Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

I like how there are plants in my household that look like they're sad lol.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #12

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Neighborhoods / Lowell, Ma / 2016
Another stroll through these neighborhoods. It was fun just checking them out and seeing how well lit they are. Again, I might want to do a body of work with these. Not sure what it'll become of though

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BUENO POWER VLOG #6

Monday, March 20, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #12

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East Hartford, Ct / November 2016
He's been a great friend since I started hanging out with him. Though I don't get to see him much he's cool, funny and just down to earth. I definitely hope that this year will be different.

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STILL LIFE #11 - FRUIT BOWL

Friday, March 17, 2017

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At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016
This has to be by far one of my best images I've taken with this camera & film. Witnessing some routines with the sun through the kitchen window I started waiting for the right moment to photograph certain objects. I think this image attests to that. I'll try my best to create more of these in the future.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #11

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Knees & Toes / Middletown, Ct / 2016

I don't know what my fascination is with photographing feet. I guess it's something that I do out of habit. Makes the subject matter sort of mysterious? I don't know.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #5

Monday, March 13, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #11

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East Hartford, Ct / November 2016

She works at the same place I work at, but in a different department. The work is extremely boring, but it's something to pay the bills. She didn't want to get her photo taken, but I insisted and she budged. She's a cute gal, but I hardly know her.

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STILL LIFE #10 - CAT BOWLS

Friday, March 10, 2017


At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

I don't usually take photographs of these things, but seeing as how the light provided this moment I decided to take a picture of these cat bowls. It's pretty interesting.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #10

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Neighborhoods / Lowell, Ma / 2016

During the weekends in Lowell I find myself waking up a bit early to jog around. This forces me to observe the landscape and find things I wouldn't normally find. The mornings here are interesting and sometimes I catch certain light emitting on houses and other buildings. This was another body of work I've been curious to collect and may want to try making it a project.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #4

Monday, March 6, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #10


Middletown, Ct / October 2016

This womyn actually works at the cafe me and my wife go to. She responsible for cooking my egg and cheese on a cheddar bagel. I would eat that with a cup of espresso. The breakfast is small, but so filling. I want to hang with this person soon, but time will tell if she ever has time for anything.

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STILL LIFE #9 - FLOWERS

Friday, March 3, 2017

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At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

As I got more comfortable with the camera and film I started understanding what kind of images I wanted to create when faced with these light situations. Flowers have been a great subject to photograph over the last few years. Something about their shape intrigues me very much. Hopefully my wife brings in more flowers to photograph.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #9

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


My friends / Newington, Ct / 2016

Just a bunch of goofs

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VLOG #3

Monday, February 27, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #9


Middletown, Ct / November 2016

My wife and I usually hangout at this cafe in Middletown called Brew Bakers when we need to get some stuff done. This kid usually comes into the cafe to get a drink with his Papas. I wanted to snag a quick photograph before he left. Watch out ladies!!

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STILL LIFE #8 - CHAIR LEG

Friday, February 24, 2017

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At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

I'm very fond of this angle of still life work when it comes to photographing chair legs. Kinda abstract and it all about form. It's one of those images that I like to do every once in awhile.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #8

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Still Waiting / Middletown, Ct / 2016

I still don't feel comfortable being in these spaces. I can't think of one person who is. Again, trying to stay as healthy as I can is a must. You just never know what's going to happen to you.

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VLOG #2

Monday, February 20, 2017

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #8


Hartford, Ct / November 2016

There's this bookstore that you can find at Real Artways that sell mostly used books. I got chance to grab a copy of some Andre Kertesz work as well as some Henri Cartier Bresson. The guy at the desk was kind enough to let me take his picture. I would suggest anyone who lives in Connecticut to check out this gem for sure.

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STILL LIFE #7 - PLANTS

Friday, February 17, 2017

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At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

I have this fascination of photographing images of plants. Especially when they're emitted from window light. They have a nice texture that I'm very fond of and the tones that it provides is really unique. Something that will continue to do in the next few months.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #7

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Rivers / East Hartford, Ct / 2016
This portion of the river is photographed quite a bit. It's lovely and has a bit of seclusion to it. I really love it and will probably continue to photograph this shit many years to come. I don't know why.

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #7

Monday, February 13, 2017


Cromwell, Ct / October 2016

This was the first image I took when I just got my camera. It was sort of a test to see if it even worked or not. It was bought from an amazon seller SSORRR who had hooked it up with some film left over. When I did my initial research I was skeptical that this wasn't going to provide me what I needed, but I realized it gave me more than what I asked for. It took a bit to get used to, but afterwards I fell in love with it.

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STILL LIFE #6 - CANDLE

Friday, February 10, 2017


At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

Another overly exposed image. This image was again testing the SX70's capabilities of light inside the household. I realize that the light emitting the kitchen of my place is pretty intense so I could certainly use some back off on the aperture. As I get into the process of making these images I've learnt more about how I want my images to look like. This image was certainly a test.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #6

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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Skies / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

I've always wanted to do a project of just skies. I think I'll dedicate a whole box of Polaroid of just skies. It's been on my mind lately and I think that I'll pursue it more later this year when the sun decides to hang out more.

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INSTANT PORTRAIT #6

Monday, February 6, 2017


Hartford, Ct / November 2016

I met this person at that Open Hartford Studios event and she was exhibiting some images and mixed media pieces. Young artists like herself are interesting just because they show a new outlook in the world without any barriers. You can find her on her Instagram.

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STILL LIFE #5 - CURTAIN STRING

Friday, February 3, 2017


At Home / Cromwell, Ct / 2016

There were many trial and error moments on this camera, but I've managed to find a sweet spot to it. This image was one of those failures that I seem to like for some reason. I know it's a little over exposed, but I think it has some charm to it.

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EXPIRED POLAROID #5

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Drifts / East Hartford, Ct / 2016

Whenever I get a chance in the morning or during lunch I do my best to use my time to take some images. There's this river that passes through East Hartford that I head to here and there. In the morning a bit of fog was emitting from the waters and I think it was a chance for me to just take in the moment and get a picture. I think I felt the presence of Hiroshi Sugimoto on this one lol.

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