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How Burano, Italy was Uncliched - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I've longed to visit Burano, the small island close to Venice, before I knew photography.  In this corner of the world, color palettes seem to have met their matches.  

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When it's easy to splash colors inadvertently, especially for the chroma-loving creature like moi, I decided to get out of my mold.  Yes, for the new year and new spring, this is what I did to "uncliche" the often over-done.  What element do you recognize that's beyond color(s)? 

I hope you agree that my Assistante sure out-did his performance in Florence (Firenze), Italy.

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Would you like a black and bright? - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

For anyone that knows me to certain extent, I'm not someone that's bound by limitations; or I'd still be in a field of biology, financial industry or even back in a country that I was born in (the video in my About Jean page might explain a little).  I love the freedom that the choices of life has offered to dabble.  

Arequipa was a town in Peru that we made an effort to visit and, despite the altitude sickness, the colonial center of the city did not disappoint.  On the day most people squeeze in tasting cuy (guinea pig), shopping alpaca products and visiting historical monuments, we found our candy store at Santa Catalina Monastery.  To be exact, we spent 6 hours in this city-in-a-city and came out feeling exhilarated.

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The light, colors, shapes and shadows are playing in countless combination at any given location/moment.  The crazy version of moi was having so much fun and went beyond the usually colorful representation of this group of amazing Mudéjar style architecture.  

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It's boring to be defined by labels.  And life's too short to not taste the many flavors in this world.  If you ask me what kind of photography I make?  I'd say, maybe, black and bright (reserving the right to change at a future date).

What do you think?  Don't rush to answer, take a gander around first (travel photography from many countries including Peru, portrait photography, including fine art nude, or blog). :-)

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You Say La Boca, I Say Genoa - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

For most tourists, no visit to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, would be complete without spending time at its neighborhood of La Boca.  The popular pedestrian Caminito ("little walkway" or "little path" in Spanish) is well known for tango performance, artist stands and colorful houses.  In fact, the pastel colors facing the once abandoned street was not applied until late 1950s by Argentine artist Benito Quinquela Martín that lived nearby.  

Life in Argentina was probably nothing comparable to that in the glorious Italian city of
Genoa, which was once one of the so-called "Maritime Republics".  Had there been a Benito Quinquela Martín  earlier, would La Boca's early settlers from Genoa still be as home sick?

The famous song in the Genoese dialect, "Ma se ghe penso" ("But if I think ab
out it" in English), written and composed by Genoese singer Mario Cappello (with Attilio Margutti's help with the music) in 1925, depicts the yearning desire of an Italian emigrant to return "to lay my bones where my grandmother's are":

"
But when I think of it, then I see the ocean, I see my mountains and Piazza della Nunziata..."
 

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