Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rod Powell

Had the pleasure of photographing some of Rod Powell's most recent works of art..

Here are some of his creations getting some final touches..

Ever since I first seen Rod start working on this piece I was a fan!

A couple of years ago I bought my brother a Rod Powell painted board for Christmas... I think I need one for myself.

A light up Bust light... Dope!

I'm a big fan of this little guy..

Back view..

This little guy is also very cool!

Rod has become a Munny making machine!

Stay Creative!
-Juan

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Salinas Exposed

Here are the shots I did use for the "Salinas Exposed" photo exhibit.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening reception!

"Rancho Salinas"
This shot was taken kind of by accident. I went to this overpass to get a shot of the freeway, shot it and wasn't too happy with it so I ran across the street and looked onto the "trailitas" and had to capture them.

"Holier Than Thou"
I knew I wanted to capture some kind of older brick building.. So I was driving around South Salinas and almost shot the Salinas High tower but thought it would be too obvious.. So as I went to go shoot the letters of the Salinas Valley Bowl I drove to this Church and walked up to it..

"Cruise Night"
This is an old shot of our very first Cruise Night at Bay Photo Lab.. I knew I had to use it.. It says a lot about me and Salinas too..

"The Good Die Young"
I was driving home and remembered seeing some flowers and candles lit for the young 14 year old boy who was shot in broad day light.. Speeaks volumes about Salinas.

"Fayuca"
Taco trucks have played a huge feeding role in my life.. had to capture one..

If you couldn't make it to the opening reception try to stop by Somos this month.. Lots of dope photography!
-Juan

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Didn't Expose Salinas

Here are a few of my shots that will not make it into the "Salinas Exposed" photo exhibit which opens tomorrow night at Somos Gallery here in Salinas..

I've been wanting to capture Salinas at night for a long time, now I finally had a reason. I wanted to take this shot at another overpass, I practiced here and go to the overpass I really wanted but for some reason I never made it there... I will though.

I had this shot in my head for a while, I wanted to take a shot of traffic on the 101, I had a different view in my head, I like the way it came out, but not exactly what I wanted.. maybe I'll try it again.

I went to take a fes snaps in Oldtown Salinas, but after I figured a lot of people would so I decided against using shots of Oldtown... I still like this shot of Gabilan St. though..

Hope to see ya'll tomorrow night!
-Juan

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hallow's Eve 2010

Well my weekend started off with a good hearty meal (and chavela) at Mi Tierra in Salinas, Ca followed by a few hours of shooting some of Rod Powell's artwork. Here's a sneak preview...
More on this little guy and other Rod Powell creations later..

Saturday night I started out shooting at Melissa's Halloween Party (and dressed up as Russell from the movie Up) and had a great time!

There was plenty of drinks for the thirsty!

A celebrity arrived and people went crazy!

It was Jack, and he brought gifts...

The Ewoks arrived in style..

Lots of Sake Bombs!

It was good to have friends that I knew show up..

Snooki and the rest of the party people dancing.

After Melissa's party I headed to Celeste's party to catch my familia dancing to the beats of Dj Sho-T.

My Partner In Crime for the night Hobo Freddie.

Steph thinks she can sing, she can't!

In the mix!

Great weekend...
-Juan