Michael S., Pompano Beach, FL, MMA fighter in training
Mike Szatkowski: MMA fighter
Mike Szatkowski has wrestled all through out his adolesense. He is currently living in a suburb of a city in Florida while working for Sysco, Inc. He is training for a next fight and has a very good record of wins.
Rey R., TV and Film, Model, Independent
Rey R. has worked in and out of the television and film industry for several years, is very conscious of his image and commands an image and a lifestyle that defines not only how he takes his life seriously, but also his health and wellness in mind, body and spirit. He currently resides in Chicago.
A foreign avian in Florida's southern rural area found a moment to do whatever it is these birds do. It made good on a series of calls in it's voice endowed by the natural powers that be and then, moments after taking this photograph, would carry on it's way.
Floridian Pastures 2
Yep. It's a slow as it looks. While the Spanish moss droops lazily off the trees over the wandering cattle, the pastures are lit in the early morning with maple sunlight sweeping across acres of farmland that eventually will realize the heat of the deep south. Here, there's laborers ready to work, haul, move and do whatever they need to get down before the summer humidity sets the mercury at ninety plus degrees fahrenheit.
Its a different way of life outside the urban hustles and rat races that swarm into offices that are air conditioned and electric with internet and anxiety of anticipated business deals. As the ticker moves across screens in the city, the wind flows over these pastures of Florida.
Solace, Temple Terrace
Temple Terrace, Florida is a small town outside of Tampa, where the backwaters they talk about are stocked with creatures of Florida's south they warn us about in the north. The gators, the flies, all the critters we don't know about yet; yet there is a peace here that I found that I won't probably ever find outside of a yoga studio that can only simulate the sounds and peace you find when you come down here and find life as it is in its slow pace.
Upon arrival I am equipped with an idea and a set design for the person modeling for a shoot. Where the backdrop is to compliment the person, it is my job to bring to light and focus the essential qualities from within so as to produce an image that captures an audience.
Beauty is in everyone I see. I look at people, talk to them, get comfortable with them and something arises within them--a smirk, or a glance, a fall of the iris toward a wooden floor supporting their feet amid an aura of shyness. Each and every person has at least one quality within them that stands out, the others may be inhibited but, if I wait long enough, and engage the person, the other qualities soon surface.
In any given moment, a person comes into view. THE person: unmasked, unfiltered and unaware. Without knowing it, they are who they actually are and in an effort to share that with not only them but you as well, I constantly am equipped with gear to hold one millisecond in place that will never again be repeated the same way.
The constituencies that are consistent with an urban abode offer a variety of places that are often undiscovered, objects, people, places and images that come to light in strange or unusual ways along one's path, or journey, through life.
Architectural images are taken in and around Chicago. More coming soon from other parts of the world . . .