LEFT IN THE DARK #21 - SELF PORTRAIT

Monday, May 21, 2018



During my excursion with Jen I had done a small self portrait on my GoPro camera. It's not the best camera in the world, but it was enough to capture this moment.

I've been uninspired lately. I'm trying to channel different things that would hopefully get me back in the loop of being creative again. I'm just surprised that I've kept at it this long. I've also been pretty tired. The weather has been bipolar and I haven't been able to prep myself for the days. What can I do though? It is what it is. And I'm sure that my depression has been the contributor to that. The rut sucks, but maybe it's something that I need right now. I kinda miss a lot of things. I'm not sure how I can express that.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST EPISODE #3 - TREVOR WILLIAM CHURCH

Friday, May 18, 2018



Check out this episode of the BPHP. It was so much fun talking with Trevor on this one. We really get back into old time on this.

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THE BUENO POWER VLOG #58 - GRADS AND MOMS

Monday, May 14, 2018



Another small Vlog. Hanging out with friends and family. We doin' the chill this time around and maybe even for awhile.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #20 - IT SAYS ALOT OF TOGETHERNESS



Don't mind the generic picture, but for just one second please hear me out on this. Sometimes things are better when the ones you love are together. I've done a lot of lonely excursions in my life, but it feels good being around people that cherish you and your existence. When I saw this I found myself feeling nostalgic. I found myself realizing I have it good in this world. Mother's day passed yesterday and I was able to Facetime my mother, tell her I love you and wish her Happy Mother's Day. Not many people could do that. I have to recognize this.

Keep the ones you love. Because the ones you love are the ones who will understand you the best.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST / EPISODE #2 - DANIEL DOMINGUEZ

Sunday, May 13, 2018



I decided to just keep all my podcasts on YouTube as it's the platform I'm most present in at the moment. I'm still adjusting to the podcast world, but I'll figure everything out eventually.

Anyway, on this episode I speak with Daniel Dominguez. He's the frontman of the band FAROOQ who I've seen grow for many years. They've recently signed to a label and currently recording a new record. We get into straight edge, early hardcore, influences, and our love for Hanford, Ca band Peel Apparition. Check it out!!

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BUENO POWER VLOG #57 - PROGRESS REPORT #7

Monday, May 7, 2018



So this is just a small bit of what's been going on with me over the last few weeks. I might be doing another small vid next week so stay tuned.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #19 - THE MORNING FEELS



I'm not sure what's ahead, but I'm sure that if you're here with me everything will be a - o - k. I love our mornings together. I never want it to stop.

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THE BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST / EPISODE #1 - INTRO

Friday, May 4, 2018



Guys.... I FUCKING MADE A PODCAST!!!! YAAAAAYYYYYYY

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QUIET DREAMS - APRIL

Dear April,

You started warming up to me and allowed me to have a private conversation with you on why you were so down and out for the past few months. I kind of understand and am with you in all of the shift of moods you were going through. Not to say I agreed to them whatsoever, but I want to recommend you seeing a therapist next time. You'll probably not listen to my recommendation because you are stubborn in ways. For now I'll take in whatever you got. Just be still for awhile and let me get to know you.





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BUENO POWER VLOG #56 - THE DAYS ARE BETTER WHEN WE'RE AWAKE

Monday, April 30, 2018



Man o man was it a good weekend of just hanging out. The eats could've been a bit better, but what can you do? We're trying to go on a stricter diet since the summer is right around the corner.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #18 - GOOD GAME

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I saw this band last night and they were decent live. They still have a lot of work to do, but they have a good start on making live shows come to life. Keep practicing guys.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #55 - A REAL WEEKEND OF DOING NOTHING

Monday, April 23, 2018



We really didn't do much, but hey.. some weekends are loud and some weekends are quiet. This weekend was quiet.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #17 - TING TING



Hanging out with her so far has been a blast. Man.. What else are we gonna be doing for the next few years? I really hope we get to eat more pizza in the near future.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #54 - FINALLY SOME SPRING HEAT

Monday, April 16, 2018



Saturday's weather in New York was amazing. Right now??? Connecticut weather can sucks..... Enjoy the vlog everyone!

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LEFT IN THE DARK #16 - STRUCTURES



I think I'm realizing how much I've missed black and white photography. I've been doing color work for so long and I've noticed that my passion for it has slowly been fading. There's a certain discipline black and white has that color doesn't. I started off with black and white and went into color almost full time. But now... I think it my be the other way around

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DEPRESSION OR THE LONGING FOR LONELINESS

Friday, April 13, 2018

This week was a struggle to get through. I'm not sure what it is, but since the weather has been getting warmer I'm finding myself reflecting a lot. I'm sure that my depression is a result of that and I'm sure being alone intensifies it. Not to say that I haven't been happy. No. That's not the case. I think it's me realizing how different life is now. The fact that I only have a few commitments and am able to afford stuff.

You know, watching those Vlogs I did last year really gave me some perspective as to what I was dealing with. Most of the time I was alone finding my own adventures with the little money I had in my pocket. I saw bands by myself, art exhibits, went on photo runs, and even drank coffee by myself. With the partner I'm with now adventures are much better.

Though reflecting on those past experiences I was alone. And really I was alone for a long time. I have lost connections with some important friends and had even lost connections with my family at a point. I mean fuck dude just two weeks ago I spoke with my oldest brother and it was a year prior to that I hadn't heard from him. I'm now thankful that my brother Eldon has had more contact with me than the rest of the siblings, but Jesus Christ where was I all these years?

I'm so used to loneliness. I could remember a time in elementary school that I would walk at 6:00 am in the morning by myself to school and sit at the blacktop playground benches near the basketball hoops and stare at nothing. I was alone and it was something that I longed for. I'm not sure if that's the case now, but man... I really did deal with a lot of things alone.


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BUENO POWER VLOG #53 - PAX EAST 2018 OR DIE

Monday, April 9, 2018



PAX EAST was a big success man. Had a great time with the girl. Hanging out all weekend in Massachusetts was pretty cool and I hope that I can continue doing more of it in the months to come.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #15 - I'M HAVING A GOOD TIME AT THIS PARTY



I used to shoot a lot of mannequins thinking there would be some sort of body of work I could use for a project, but it ended up getting thrown away in the trash. Though there have been some days where I would actually just take pictures of them just because they props they use are kinda interesting. If anything I still continue to take some flicks of them hoping something would come out of it. For now it'll just collect some dust.

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QUIET DREAMS - MARCH

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dear March,

There's so much I wanted to do and so much I wanted to accomplish, but in the end I didn't do it because I was too tired to even think that I could anything. I would go to work, go to the gym, go home, play video games and sleep Monday through Friday. The weekends were spent with my partner finding out where to eat or stay in my room and watch tear jerking anime TV. Your weather was absolutely ridiculous. To think that you would calm down with the snow, but you repeated it almost once a week. I'm tired and irritated. I want the sun back.






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BUENO POWER VLOG #52 - DNB IS OKAY...

Monday, April 2, 2018



Not much going on here, but hey it's what I got for this Vlog. Hopefully you can expect a better one next weeke :|.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #14 - SUBWAYS

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One of my favorite images to take is in the Subways. It's honestly one of the coolest parts of a city to be honest. Lots of different people in different worlds, sounds from street musicians that may or may not annoy you, vendors of different kinds, and some weird people hanging around asking for some change. It's part of a city that brings a lot of those people together. I favor that

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BUENO POWER VLOG #51 - SPRING IS HERE... SORT OF...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018



Apologies for not posting this on Monday. Having no internet at home is def weird, but whatever. Enjoy the Vlog!

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LEFT IN THE DARK #13 - COLD HANDS

Monday, March 26, 2018



Yesterday I was able to photograph a little bit of the city. It was fucking cold man, but it was something I had to deal with. Jen and I went to New York with my roommates and their friends to eat at two festivals. It was pretty cool and it broke the same routine that I'd usually would have with Jen in the weekends. Overall I'd like to go back and do some more shooting. For now.. enjoy the image.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #50 - ...AND WE'RE STILL HERE

Monday, March 19, 2018



The 50th episode and I did a couple of things different here to sort of spruce up the Vlog. I'm still trying to figure out what else I could do to enhance it, but at this time I'm going to just let it grow in my mind as more Vlogs get produced

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LEFT IN THE DARK #12 - HOWEVER YOU DRINK IT THE TASTE IS THE SAME



Again, it seems like more of my images are geared toward the still life style, but I think I'm okay with it. I'll hopefully do more portraits in the weeks to come, but we'll see about that I guess.

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SOMTHING TO THINK ABOUT AND THE PROGRESS OF IT

Friday, March 16, 2018

This morning sort of got me thinking about a lot of things when I had a conversation with my girlfriend about paying her respects to a family friend that recently passed away. It's a somber thing to think about, but when it's something that you can't control it could shake you up a bit. We joke about how our heritage, in some ways, being stubborn to go to the doctor, but we know that healthiness is something we try to take seriously. Of course living a little does come and risking something does change things a bit, but is it worth it at the expense of your health? I honestly don't think so.

During and after my divorce I saw that my mental and physical health was improving. For seven years I dealt with numerous amounts of stress financially and emotionally. I've recently gotten better dealing with it, but there are times I'm privately spaced out about past experiences and almost feeling sorry for myself I had put myself through those things. Some of that hurt still follows me, but I try my best to not let it get to my head. As my mental and physical health improves my ability to create improves as well and maybe that's why I'm writing all this.

I think it's important to surround yourself with positive energy even when you live in an environment that's negative. It's also important to be aware of your health and how you live day by day. Some of those poor choices could catch up to you and really damage your future self. I'm not saying that living a little will be a complete consequence, but being careful of things you do is much better than being careless. That's probably why I'm at the state I'm in today.

My truck is on the fritz again, I've slightly returned on crap diet, I haven't been going to the gym because of said truck and shitty weather conditions, and my anxiety is trying to have a fight with me. I mean with all that how the fuck do you deal?

Well..

1. I should've maintained my truck all this time (and I'm so glad that I've been saving money just in case.)

2. I should've grocery shopped properly (eating vegan burgers for a few days isn't healthy)

3. I shouldn't have drank that coffee on Wednesday morning when I got all stressed out.

4. I need to think before I start assuming shit.


I really don't know where I was getting at with all this, but I just want to say this.... I'm trying to make better choices and I'm trying my best to be healthier. I'm still considering getting a therapist for a few sessions, but overall I'm doing what I can. I guess that's all I wanted to say... This blog might've been very useless to write and read, but it certainly felt better for me.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #49 TEMPORARY SNOWSTORMS

Monday, March 12, 2018



The next Vlog should be a little special since it's the 50th episode. Hopefully by getting the production done this week I should have it ready. Enjoy the vid!

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LEFT IN THE DARK #11 - IS IT EVER GONNA END?



Since were are in a pretty weird period of weather here in Connecticut I'm trying my best to not go insane. There are days where the sun decides to stay awake and other days it just hides behind clouds and stays there for awhile. To be fair the 4 seasons is something to experience regardless if you hate it or not. To be honest it's helped strengthen my tolerance for cold weather. Whatever though. I'm still done with it.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #48 - SMALL DEDICATIONS

Monday, March 5, 2018



Another small Vlog today. Most likely the next vlog is going to be the same, but lots of things are happening in the next few weeks. I'll be going hard on it this month for sure.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #10 - DRINKS




I get the feeling that most of these images are going to be of still life's, landscapes & portraits. I'm not really complaining, but I think I need to bump it up a notch with the images. I'll try to figure something out in the weeks to come

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QUIET DREAMS - FEBRUARY

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dear February,

Cold and sleepy. Warm and wet. Rough and smooth. These opposites were canon to a mood you created. Days I was tired... Nights I was awake.... I'm drained by your bipolar actions. I'm affected physically and mentally. I can barely wake up at 4:55 am to get ready for work. I do my best to keep healthy while my lover and loved ones stay sick. These clothes are too thin to bundle up. This skin is too dry to moisturize. Still, I manage to get at least six hours of sleep and keep the radiator on.







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BUENO POWER VLOG #47 - SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM ANY DAY

Monday, February 26, 2018



Just getting some of that soft serve ice cream. So good!! The weather seems to be lightening up so more activities should be on the rise.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #9 - IT'S A LITTLE FOGGY HERE



The weather has just been absolutely stupid and manic and I hate it so much. However, I've noticed that it's been getting better and that we are close to spring. Hopefully there are no challenges in the next few weeks cause jesus I'm fucking tired of it.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #46 TING MADE VEGGIE LASAGNA ONCE

Monday, February 19, 2018



I know the video loaded up late, but it was the crappy internet that didn't really help. But we're here now and that's all it matters man

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LEFT IN THE DARK #8 - LITTLE STRANGER



The other day I saw this kid and had to take a photo. His mom was pretty rad and seemed very down with it. Kids like these definitely help me understand that simple things are big things.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #45 - ROUTINES

Monday, February 12, 2018



Just a small little showing of what I do daily. You'll end up getting some better footage, hopefully, next weekend. Its' been extremely slow man.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #7 - ADRIAN MARTINEZ



I'm a big fan of this dude. You guys definitely need to check out his work. Very talented and very much on track with his career in photography.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #44 - DO WE HAVE TO EAT THIS MUCH?

Monday, February 5, 2018


Another Vlog for you. Pretty much nothing, but eats and the patriots losing. It's kinda funny actually.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #6 - CULTURE ABUSE



It was last year when I saw these dudes play at some shitty practice space. They were such an awesome band to see play live. I'll never forget that night just for the fact that it was one of the most solid performances I've seen in years. Good times. I already need another helping of their energy.

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QUIET DREAMS - JANUARY

Friday, February 2, 2018

Dear January,

You were a starting point on a new life I started. A fragile, weathered and almost defeated Arthur was tested from the cold shoulder you gave me. But I stuck by you just as much as the snow hugged my windshield. It's okay though. Through all the salt dispensed, flu spreads and shitty road delays I realized that I need to find a therapist to ease my mental health. It'll probably come out of my pocket because my insurance doesn't cover important things.










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BUENO POWER VLOG #43 - IT'S WARMING UP A BIT

Monday, January 29, 2018



Another short one today. Still working through this weather that I'm already exhausted from. Hopefully when things warm up I'll be able to play like the rest of the kids.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #5 - ROARIE YUM



I got a chance to meet this person after her shoot and just picked her brain about a lot of things. I can see why people request her for shoots and is a popular demand for many portrait photographers. She is flexible in both artistic and commercial work and has traveled quite far to do these types of shoots.

But when meeting up with her I wasn't really interested in photographing her. I was more into having a conversation rather pointing a camera at her. And I'm sure she was exhausted from all those hours of work she's done. We talked about art, music, experiences and future plans. We got coffee at a Barnes and Noble and she got some ice cream at a Ben and Jerry's. It was a solid meetup and I was happy to meet her. Soon I'll be calling her up and seeing if she wants to do a shoot.

Thanks Roarie for your time and new friendship man. It was cool hangs.

You can follow her on these links below

Portfolio
Instagam

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BUENO POWER VLOG #42 - PROGRESS REPORT #6

Monday, January 22, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #4 - STILL LIFE



The portrait orientation is probably going to be the thing for this series. I haven't really shot as much as I should so that should change as the weather starts to warm up. Hopefully I'll get in more of that this year.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #41 - I'M COLD AND I'M HUNGRY

Monday, January 15, 2018


Enjoy another episode folks. It's just me being a regular dude with the coolest gal in town.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #3 - STEVEN PEREZ



If it wasn't for this person I would probably not be living in the space I live in today. This is person is kind, gentle, hardworking and overall a good person. He's really done a lot in his life and has struggle through so much, but when he triumphs... he triumphs. Thank you Steven forgiving me a roof over my head and a place where I can be creative. You are truly family to me. I couldn't have asked for more.

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SO ABOUT THOSE RESOLUTIONS...

Friday, January 12, 2018

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Currently the project I'm working on is at a steady speed. It's been great being able to photograph and write music as concept. I'm sure a lot of people have done this type of thing, but I've realized that using the Instax medium as well as recording everything at home really hones in the "diary" like feeling. The music isn't some "bedroom-recording-4track" demo that most musicians are apt on doing on their spare time. No.... not this project. The music side will have a great amount of production. Loads of layers and different instrumentation, but still keeping the theme and sound in a certain direction. The photos, all Instax, are black and white and are carefully taken. I can only have two packs of film to work with a month.

Aside from that I'll be blogging these images a month to showcase what I've dealt with along the way. I already have an idea of how I want to present this project. This body of work may be the most important body of work to date. I'm still going to be shooting 35mm film, but first thing I need to tackle is developing all the fucking undeveloped film that I have in a fucking plastic bag. I'm tired of seeing that shit. I'll also be shooting more digital this year as it helps push the fine art practice I need to make everyday. And with that I'm doing the "LEFT IN THE DARK" series which is all black and white portrait photography. They will be posted every Monday. I'm going to try and carefully produce these images as best as I can. I really need to make an effort to edit images and make them look pretty.

That pretty much it on the artists goals. Everything else like being healthy, being financially stable and work hard is still an ongoing process that I try to keep up since last year. Though that last year was a complete mess it definitely was a year of victory and a year of realization. 2018 is going to be a good year. I just fucking know it.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #40 - HEALTHY STARTS

Monday, January 8, 2018



2nd Vlog of the year. I'm almost at 50 so I wanna see what I can do to make it special. Enjoy the video guys!

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LEFT IN THE DARK #2 - TING TING



This person has been a big influence in my life and has also support me on things that I needed support on. Through the months of recovery she's been there to guide me to a better path and helped me understand my positives and negatives. I'm certain that my life here on out is going to be a good one. I couldn't have done it without her. Thank you Jen... I love you.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #39 - LET'S START OFF FRESH OKAY?

Monday, January 1, 2018



First video of 2018. I think the momentum of at least posting up videos have been nice as of late. I know that I should be putting out some good good content, but not every week is a crazy week for me. Anyway, here's to the new year. I hope things will be better than 2017.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #1 - ELLEN ROSE



Happy New Year everyone! It seems as though things have definitely shifted out of control in 2017. I've finally divorced my former partner and am part of a new relationship that may be the last relationship I'll work hard on. And I think that's sort of the theme of what 2018 is going to be this year. Relationships are really an essential part of what I've been thinking about as of late. It could be of another human being, spiritual, or just of ones self to feel centered. And I think I'm going to keep that theme up this year.

I'm going to be dedicating this year to black and white photography. ALL of the images are going to be digital with the exception of my Instax film I'm going to be posting for a concept music project I'm working on. Some of the work will be from last year as well as this year.

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