My photography reflects my curiosity in what I experience– I try to show the beauty and nuances of what we might miss in the day-to-day. I am a newcomer in this field and I’m always learning new techniques to enhance my craft and express my style.
I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1964 and came to the United States when I was five. I lived in New Jersey for the most of my life and was introduced to photography in a high school class, where we used film cameras and also created a pinhole camera. We learned how to use chemicals to develop our work in black and white and I learned about the importance of composition before taking each photo. In college, my girlfriend and I took vacations a few times a year and that’s where my photography really started to grow as I shot photos everywhere we visited. I finally made the investment on my first SLR (a Minolta Maxxum 9xi) which I had for five years and then upgraded to a Minolta Maxxum 800si, which I still have. I took thousands of photos as I traveled around the country and Canada. All those photos I scanned and saved digitally but kept the negatives for future projects.
After living in New Jersey for over 40 years, I moved to Laughlin, Nevada. This was a small town but within a few hours drive I had the pleasure of visiting some of the most beautiful national parks in America. The topography was so different from place to place and the weather always incredible.
While in Laughlin I had a tragic event which altered my life. On a hike to the top of one of the highest peaks near where I lived, I made a nearly fatal error of trying an alternate path to get back to my car. Climbing down I reached a point where there were huge drop-offs and I could not go any further. I camped there that first night. I had already run out of water and there was no water to be found. On the second day, I started to climb back up and continue on the path to my car. My exhaustion led me to rest to avoid the day’s hot sun. That night was the longest night ever and I didn’t think I would be alive the next morning. I reflected about my past and accepted that I would not wake up the next morning. The morning came and I woke up with zero energy and my tongue bloated to twice its normal size from thirst. I walked as much as I could but had no strength to continue. I remained on the ledge of a cliff to avoid the sun most of the day and, while there, saw some hikers about 1/2 a mile away. I whistled for their assistance and they yelled that they would send help. That evening, I was helicoptered out and taken to the hospital, where I remained three days in the ICU to recoup. The emergency doctor explained that I would only have lived about five more hours if I hadn’t been rescued. I guess you really do see things differently after an experience like this and it opened my eyes to how precious life is.
After three years in Nevada, I moved to Miami, Florida where my father lived. My mother had passed away from cancer and my father had re-married and he wanted me to live with them as he also had cancer. I got a job within a few months and made my first DSLR purchase– a Canon 40D kit. Even though it was expensive, I knew that creating files digitally would pay off in the long run. Now I could shoot without having to worry too much about composition and could experiment as much as I wanted. It’s another world to be able to instantly get feedback in the field and be able to compose shots perfectly. Even though it was a cropped sensor camera, it still took incredible photos. I have recently upgraded again and I’m now using a Canon 6D full-frame camera with all Canon glass. I also continue learning, experimenting with software programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop to manipulate my photos and post process my images.
I thank you for taking the time to read my bio and visit my page and hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.