........MEETING new PEOPLE ........and PLACES........while taking some PHOTOS =D

The first time I studied Photography was @ Calgary Public Library, we had a club with a great instructor, Gordon Toombs. Then I took some courses @ Alberta Collage of Art & Design- Fine Art Photography, Typography, some kind of printing, Graphic Design, which I didn't like it, everything was done by hand not with a computer =(

I like: Architecture, Landscapes, Nature, Macro -for beautiful flowers. I like walking around the city, taking the bus/metro/train & find simple things, that's why I always have my little camera with me. And I like Photoshop. I think it has to be like makeup, you know is there but you don’t see it, well sometimes you can. Photoshop can improve your photo, but it's not magic, it just helps a little bit.

The best landscape photographer, ANSEL ADAMS, he stated, "I believe in beauty. I believe in stones and water, air and soil, people and their future and their fate". He decided that the purpose of his art, whether photography or music, was to reveal that beauty to others and to inspire them to the same calling. He "visualized" each image before taking it. He had a group which stated that "Pure photography was defined as possessing no qualities of technique, composition or idea, derivative of any other art form" He always insisted that, as far as his photographs were concerned, "beauty comes first". His legacy includes helping to elevate photography to an art comparable with painting and music, and equally capable of expressing emotion and beauty. He told his students, "It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than in any other art medium."

After living some years in Canada, I returned to Mexico. Many years ago I studied an Engineering, then in Canada I took some Photography & Design Courses. I miss those days where I could go to the Calgary Public Library, and bring home many books, dvds, and specially my cds with music from many different countries =( A book of Thomas Kinkade, the painter of light, was another favorite that I had.

There´s a book you can buy online of the photo club I belonged when I was in Canada ..
you can take a look @ www.blurb.com/books/2701328-stp-the-first-year

I think is more important to have a good eye for photography than having a super big and expensive equipment, because "CAMERAS don´t take pictures, PHOTOGRAPHERS do”. That´s why I never bought a DSLR, I just need my point and shoot camera and my laptop (with photoshop).

I hope you enjoy my photos =)

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February 2009
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