Husband, father, retired Houston ship pilot. Started posting photos on Flickr with my first little Olympus 4mp camera and it seems there was a niche that people were interested in that few were covering. After being asked to donate a couple of prints to the Seaman's Center for their annual fundraiser and having them sell for much more than I thought they would bring I thought I might buy a better camera. If people were going to buy my photos they should get a better value (a better camera won't make one a better photographer, but it will make one's photos better).

 

At first I posted mostly maritime photos of ships and the Houston Ship Channel - marine and nautical photography. Now I still work with those photos - the tools get better and I am still learning - but I also post photos of the rest of the world.

 

I have had some encouragement. The Houston Ship Channel is nearly invisible to casual observation from ground level by ordinary citizens. My initial goal was to bring the ship channel into the cultural awareness of the city. Many Americans and even Houstonians are unaware that this is the busiest port in the US in terms of number of ships visiting. Even those who are dimly aware of the channel tend to think it must be an industrial eyesore. The reality is that a great port is a grand, colorful, magnificent spectacle. Photos of this show have allowed me to participate in a number of exhibitions in Houston and populated many offices and schools around the city with ship channel photos. There has been a special opera and a symphony dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the opening of the modern channel in which my photos played small parts. We (my photos and I) even participated in a project by the University of Houston that won Palm d'Or at the Venice Biennial one year. We are part of a Smithsonian project to document the ship channel as well.

 

Now that I have retired my wife and I spend a lot of time in her hometown, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The city is a photographer's paradise and I have tried to some worthwhile work there.

 

If you want to download a photo for personal use, like a screensaver, I'll take that as a compliment. If you want to use one in a non-commercial web page please feel free, but credit would be nice and I'd probably get a warm, fuzzy feeling if you told me where it was posted so I could see it. Prints and commercial permissions can be arranged via email.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Lou

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4PIZON says:

Louis !!! My man on the H2o with camera in hand ! Awesome stuff that only the select few get to see. Great stuff !!!! Keep em coming ;-)

October 13, 2009
Vanita says:

Most of the Earth is ocean. I am most grateful OneEighteen helps me see it by way of his amazing photographs. Big skies, big ships, big horizons, big weather, big sea… somehow he captures the scale and majesty. But don’t think he is just a master of maritime images because he can see just as clearly, he can take just… Read more

Most of the Earth is ocean. I am most grateful OneEighteen helps me see it by way of his amazing photographs. Big skies, big ships, big horizons, big weather, big sea… somehow he captures the scale and majesty. But don’t think he is just a master of maritime images because he can see just as clearly, he can take just as magnificent a photo in the mountains and deserts of this incredible planet.

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November 25, 2007

Having just seen Louis stream I can only say there are some extraordinary images here both at sea and on land. Take the time to peruse this wonderful stream and become a ship pilot for a day.

September 20, 2007
laanba says:

There is beauty in the world all around us and this is masterfully demonstrated in OneEighteen's work. Shot after shot is breathtaking and I look forward to seeing each new moment that he has captured.

February 21, 2007