The signs of the Women's March

Some of the signs from the Women's March in San Diego, CA.

San Diego Women's March 2017  

Stay Nasty San Diego

Without Immigrants Trump would have No Wives

Putin-Trump - Not My President

I won’t Sit down, Shut up, or Behave

Because I Love God, I Dissent

Hear Our Voice

I am here for the Women of Juarez for the women of Iran, Iraq, India Women of Tibet, Chipas & Guatemala, Women in the world that have been killed pursuing their human right.  Give us respect. Treat us with dignity.  Ni una mas!

Rise Up

Dear World: We are so sorry!  Sincerely, 65.8M Americans

NO: Racism. Xenophobia. Sexism. Homophobia.

I got a bad feeling about this

Trump is mean

Proud American Woman

Paint the future in vivid color

Real men respect women

Unpresidented Putin Puppet

Love is the Answer

We the people defend dignity

Shine On!

Pussy Grabs Back

Women’s Rights are NOT up for grabs

Stop the Bullying Scapegoating and Denial of Facts

Keep your tiny hands off my Health Care

Peace Begins with Me

Rage Against the Patriarch

We Can Do It - Women Power

Resist - Say NO to misogyny & discrimination - Let your Voice be Heard

I’m with Her

Putin’s Apprentice

Support your Sisters, NOT your Cisters and their Misters

A Woman’s Place is in the Rebellion

We will not mourn. We will Organize

Organize

I went to Planned Parenthood and all I got was:  A breast exam, physical exam, STD testing and treatment, information and counseling about my sexual and reproductive health, cancer screenings, a pregnancy test, prenatal services, and access to affordable birth control.

Hate does not make America Great!

Keep your rosaries out of my ovaries

Impeach Trump

Make America Think Again

Our Bodies Our Minds Our Power

Not this Pussy!

Trump Loves Nickleback

Maybe some day my uterus will have as many rights as your GUN

We Speak - The Environment

President Trump…What a joke!

Keep your tiny hands off my Obamacare

Love Trumps Hate

Dear Trump, U-Ugly

Here’s to strong women - May we know them, raise them, Be them!

Russian Puppet

Pro-Choice - The hardest decision a woman can make is not yours

Women’s Rights = Human Rights #NotMyPresident

Roe v. Wade Must Stand

Women for Climate Justice

Fight Like a Girl

What is it with old men & Women’s Reproductive Rights

Free Melania

A Woman’s place is in the House and the Senate and the White House!

= ? Y not!

Our Bodies. Our Minds. Our Power.

“I raise my voice not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard” - Malala Yousafzai

We Are Still Here

I Stand with Planned Parenthood

This is the Wall

This isn’t Normal!  Respect your sisters mothers wives aunts - Health Care Matters

Give a Damn.

Stop the War on Women

I don’t like to protest but… WTF?

We the People are greater than fear

Class of 2018 to the rescue!

I cannot believe I still need to protest this shit.

Break the Chains. - Feminist Comic Book Club

Trump Pay Your Taxes

Rights. Access. Visibility. Protection. Pay. Power.

Keep your laws off my body

What the F*** just happened!?

Who's Your Butcher?

Butchering a whole animal is an artful skill.  I worked at a restaurant in New Orleans years ago.  It had it’s own butcher in house. It’s still one of the only restaurants I’ve know to have it’s own in house butcher.  I remember being in awe of how quickly and efficiently he could break down an animal, dress a hen, filet a fish.  He taught me to filet fish without gutting the animal - simply following the bone line down the back to remove the filet from each side of the fish.  It seemed like magic, and so simple, when I finally learned to do it right.  

Butchering an animal can be violent and strenuous.  There is a lot of finesse to breaking down an animal.  It’s pretty remarkable to witness. The butcher knows the lines, muscles, and bones of the animal intimately.  Sides of beef can weigh several hundred pounds.  Moving these beasts around takes strength. And not every cut is intricate.  There are also the saws, and the large cuts, where brute strength is required.  

Grocery store “butchers” are not in fact butchers.  They are meat cutters.  A butcher has the ability and skill to break down an entire animal.  He has to know the animal.  He has to know the bone structure, the muscle structure.  So called grocery store butchers receive select sections of an animal and cut them down to serving size filets.  They do not require the skill to break down a whole animal.  

There is virtually no waste in the shop.  It strikes me as a Native American approach to food.  When the shop receives a side of beef they’ll break down all the regular cuts, the tenderloin, the ribs, etc.  What’s not used for the case or primary cuts is used for in house deli meats, sausages, bacon, and stock.  There is very little waste of the animal.  And there are no preservatives or chemicals.  It’s a very wholistic approach to animal consumption.  

Local butchers know their suppliers and know where the meat they sell comes from.  They’ve often toured the farms and ranches that supply their meat and have personal relationships with the farmers and ranchers.  They get the best quality meats because it’s their product, their reputation on the line.  They have their hands on every animal that makes it’s way through the case.  If it’s not up to par, they’ll know it before you do.  

The prices are still high.  You pay a premium for hormone free, chemical free, non GMO and grass fed.  There’s no way around it, yet.  The industry is set up for cheaper and faster production, delivery and consumption: the CostCo / Walmart approach.  The tide is slowly turning.  Consumers are making their voices heard by seeking out organic and chemical free options.  We have a long way to go and price is still a huge component of the equation.  The more consumers opt out of hormone and chemical fed meats the more the scales will tip.  

We need to support those that bring these great products to market.  Thanks to Heart & Trotter for opening their shop to me and teaching me more about whole animal butchery.  James Holster is the head butcher.  Stop by and say hello next time you’re in North Park.

A few of the best images I saw in 2016

As I think back at 2016 there are a few images that jump to mind.  This is by no means an extensive year in review, simply a handful of images I personally found impactful and meaningful.  So in no particular order: 

This image of Usain Bolt makes me smile every time I see it.  There's a great backstory on how photographer Cameron Spencer captured it in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics.  This photo is a perfect example of the power the still image.  As video shares became more and more prevalent in 2016, this image resonates because it is a frozen moment in time.  The video of Bolt smiling as he smokes his fellow competitors is compelling, but it's Spencer's still image that creates the enduring visual.   

This image of Usain Bolt makes me smile every time I see it.  There's a great backstory on how photographer Cameron Spencer captured it in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics.  This photo is a perfect example of the power the still image.  As video shares became more and more prevalent in 2016, this image resonates because it is a frozen moment in time.  The video of Bolt smiling as he smokes his fellow competitors is compelling, but it's Spencer's still image that creates the enduring visual.   

"Powerful" is how photographer Jonothan Bachman described protester Ieshia Evans. I find this image powerful on so many different levels.  The more I look at the image the more I find, the more I examine, the more I question, which is exactly what the most powerful photography does. Evans is detained by law enforcement as she protests the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, La., on July 9, 2016.

"Powerful" is how photographer Jonothan Bachman described protester Ieshia Evans. I find this image powerful on so many different levels.  The more I look at the image the more I find, the more I examine, the more I question, which is exactly what the most powerful photography does.

Evans is detained by law enforcement as she protests the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, La., on July 9, 2016.

Mark Peterson's work on the 2016 campaign trail is amazing. There are many great images in Peterson's Political Theater project, but it is the overall body of work that had a lasting impact as it unfolded throughout 2016.

Mark Peterson's work on the 2016 campaign trail is amazing. There are many great images in Peterson's Political Theater project, but it is the overall body of work that had a lasting impact as it unfolded throughout 2016.

Nadav Kander is one of the greatest working photographers today.  He is a master of the craft. His portraits are a constant inspiration for me.  And his portrait of president elect Donald Trump for Time Magazine's Person of the Year is a tour de force.  It's subtle but impactful.  It's subversive message is well chronicled.  I found his own words describing the controversy and image insightful and humble.

Nadav Kander is one of the greatest working photographers today.  He is a master of the craft. His portraits are a constant inspiration for me.  And his portrait of president elect Donald Trump for Time Magazine's Person of the Year is a tour de force.  It's subtle but impactful.  It's subversive message is well chronicled.  I found his own words describing the controversy and image insightful and humble.

 

 

Back to my Roots :: Street Photography, NYC

When I was in school and early in my career I fancied myself quite the street photographer.  My heroes were Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Robert Frank and Walker Evans among many others.  Earlier this week I found myself in New York City.  So I spent a few days wandering the streets, getting in touch with my roots....  

Liquor Store, West Broadway

Liquor Store, West Broadway

Along the High Line

Along the High Line

Silver

Silver

Ped Bridge, Holland Tunnel

Ped Bridge, Holland Tunnel

Train Station, Long Island Rail Road, MTA

Train Station, Long Island Rail Road, MTA

Motorized Bike, Midtown

Motorized Bike, Midtown

Street Scene I

Street Scene I

Jesus Christ Loves You

Jesus Christ Loves You

Psychic Visions

Psychic Visions

Street Scene II

Street Scene II

In n Out in NYC

In n Out in NYC

Sheriff Woody Pride

Sheriff Woody Pride

Selfie Times Square

Selfie Times Square

Minus

Minus

Greenies

Greenies

Stickball in Little Italy, San Diego

Ever since I moved my studio to Little Italy I've heard about the Stickball tournament on India Street. And every year it seemed like I missed it.  In fact I couldn't have told you when the tournament actually took place.  All I knew was it was one of those events I wanted to check out.  Well this Memorial Day my son tells me he's playing in a stickball tournament in Little Italy.  "The" stickball tournament in Little Italy I replied?  He didn't know... but he did let me know I should check it out.  Well it turns out this is not "The" tournament, that one is on Labor Day weekend and attracts teams from both San Diego and the East Coast.  It is, however, the same organizers and most of the same guys, but just local teams.  The games and tournament were as cool as I expected - a bunch of guys hitting a racquetball with a broomstick on a city street.  What's not to love.  And it's been a long time since I've seen a guy dive head first on asphalt to score a run! Can't wait til Labor Day!!

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SDX Portraits


I’ve been a member of the SDX Board of Director for several years now.  I was recently tasked by the Communications Committee to create portraits of my fellow Directors for use on the SDX website.  The board has grown in recent years to 30+ members. It's a strong group of passionate individuals from the San Diego advertising, marketing and media fields.  Given the large group of creative individuals I wanted to present the individual portraits as a complete, stand alone portfolio.  I presented a mood board with candid black and white portraits.  My approach was a theme that is popular with my corporate clients right now.  I call it the "Moment between the Moments".  It is that split second when the subject has let their guard down and is no longer "posing".  Many of my corporate clients are looking for something a little different for their executive and staff portraits.  The standard headshot is out.  The environmental office portrait is waning.  This candid approach has proven quite popular.  I was pleased the Communications Committee approved the creative direction. All of my subjects bought into the concept as well.  Everyone arrive inspired and ready for anything. In addition to the website, SDX created a series of ads featuring select portraits to run locally.  The above ad features fellow Director Miguel Fenton, VP of Sales Local at Entravision.  Below are the other portraits.

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Special thanks to Angela Hess, Amy Richardson and Justin Galloway (the photographer of the photographer) for their help in the production.  



Instagram Takeover at Wonderful Machine


I had the pleasure of taking over the Wonderful Machine Instagram account for 3 days last week.  I used the opportunity to feature some of my favorite and lesser known San Diego landmarks.  I ended up posting about 36 images. Below are several of my favorites.  To check out all the images visit the Wonderful Machine Instagram stream. To explore futher follow me on Instagram - @feriiiphoto

The southwestern most point in the continental United States. The western end of the US Mexico border fence. Great surf that day, BTW...

The southwestern most point in the continental United States. The western end of the US Mexico border fence. Great surf that day, BTW...

Chicano Park under the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge is one of my favorite under appreciated San Diego locales. This year the city officially recognized it as a skate park too.

Chicano Park under the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge is one of my favorite under appreciated San Diego locales. This year the city officially recognized it as a skate park too.

Workers prep for the impending Apocalypse - adding mulch to the cliffs at Swami's to reduce erosion. SoCal is in a state of panic as we prepare for the potential of the greatest El Niño in the history of history this winter.

Workers prep for the impending Apocalypse - adding mulch to the cliffs at Swami's to reduce erosion. SoCal is in a state of panic as we prepare for the potential of the greatest El Niño in the history of history this winter.

Sitting along the coast at the Northern most point of San Diego County just before the sprawl of The OC is the recently decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. Current negotiations center on who should pay for the shut down and where the spent fuel rods should be stored. It's an icon on the I-5 drive between San Diego and LA.

Sitting along the coast at the Northern most point of San Diego County just before the sprawl of The OC is the recently decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. Current negotiations center on who should pay for the shut down and where the spent fuel rods should be stored. It's an icon on the I-5 drive between San Diego and LA.

Progress, always progress. In all my years in San Diego construction cranes have always been a fixture of the downtown skyline. The only exception to that was the first few years of the "Great Recession". All those cranes seemed to disappear one night in early 2009. But as the economy has come roaring back, so has the progress….

Progress, always progress. In all my years in San Diego construction cranes have always been a fixture of the downtown skyline. The only exception to that was the first few years of the "Great Recession". All those cranes seemed to disappear one night in early 2009. But as the economy has come roaring back, so has the progress….

Suburbia

Suburbia

Desert Bound - Hwy 78

Desert Bound - Hwy 78

The Mt Soledad cross sits atop the highest point in the posh San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla. The cross itself has undergone 2 "resurrections" and most recently a restoration. There have been 3 different crosses on the location since the original was built I 1909. The current cross is embroiled in constant litigation as it sits on federal land, formerly city owned. Opponents argue for its removal based on the separation of Church and State. A Korean War Memorial was built directly under the cross as a way of appeasement. But numerous courts have ruled for its removal. At last check, the cross still stands…

The Mt Soledad cross sits atop the highest point in the posh San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla. The cross itself has undergone 2 "resurrections" and most recently a restoration. There have been 3 different crosses on the location since the original was built I 1909. The current cross is embroiled in constant litigation as it sits on federal land, formerly city owned. Opponents argue for its removal based on the separation of Church and State. A Korean War Memorial was built directly under the cross as a way of appeasement. But numerous courts have ruled for its removal. At last check, the cross still stands…

The quintessential late night drive-thru fast food in San Diego is Roberto's or one of his "cousin's" joints. First opened in 1964 in San Ysidro  Roberto's is a culinary icon in SD. Too many imitators to name have spun off all ending in `bertos. Albertos, Alibertos, Filibertos, Aibertos, Gualbertos, Jilbertos, Hilbertos, Adalbertos, Roybertos, Rambertos, Hambertos, Humbertos, Rubertos, and Rolbertos, and my personal fav, Juan Bertos. Open 24 hours - who amongst us hasn't made the late night stop (read drunken) for a wet bean and cheese burrito or 5 rolled tacos w guacamole at least once. This Robertos is in OB, my favorite little beach community.

The quintessential late night drive-thru fast food in San Diego is Roberto's or one of his "cousin's" joints. First opened in 1964 in San Ysidro  Roberto's is a culinary icon in SD. Too many imitators to name have spun off all ending in `bertos. Albertos, Alibertos, Filibertos, Aibertos, Gualbertos, Jilbertos, Hilbertos, Adalbertos, Roybertos, Rambertos, Hambertos, Humbertos, Rubertos, and Rolbertos, and my personal fav, Juan Bertos. Open 24 hours - who amongst us hasn't made the late night stop (read drunken) for a wet bean and cheese burrito or 5 rolled tacos w guacamole at least once. This Robertos is in OB, my favorite little beach community.

The Group Shot II


  Sometimes the group shot happens organically.  It all comes together with little or no production.  It's more of a feel, an emotion. Pride and satisfaction can be a great motivator.  Everyone proud of their part and happy to share that with peers.  This is part of the crew that built the Isla Bella - shot several hours prior to launch.  There's a formality and familiarity to these groupings - one that seems  passed down from generations of shipbuilders. This is one of 3 frames, no compositing, no production.

 

Sometimes the group shot happens organically.  It all comes together with little or no production.  It's more of a feel, an emotion. Pride and satisfaction can be a great motivator.  Everyone proud of their part and happy to share that with peers.  This is part of the crew that built the Isla Bella - shot several hours prior to launch.  There's a formality and familiarity to these groupings - one that seems  passed down from generations of shipbuilders. This is one of 3 frames, no compositing, no production.