July 21, 2014

Cambodia: Ankor Wat The ruins in rain~


The Clouds will Pass~ 

“From time to time, confusion will come. Clouds will come. When you are in confusion there won’t be light. When the cloud is there, there’s no sun; you don’t see the sun. You should at least know that beyond the clouds there is a sun. The cloud will pass. The sun will shine.
By Sri Swami Satchidananda

Siem Reap: the level of level of my comfort was unmatched by anything I have ever experienced prior to this pureness of energy that radiated from within, it rose from below, it welcomed me like no other.  On my scooter I felt that secure connection while traveling on streets with no names, on dirt roads that were littered with pot holes, where at any moment a person could pass you going the opposite way on a one way street in the wrong direction. I can accept that, I can respect that, I can and I did what I could do to avoid any broken bones or worse. I was in Cambodia what I learned in Thailand or one of the things I learned in Thailand was everything is “”Same Same but different.

"Ankor Wat" Cambodia  





"Ankor Wat" at sunrise and at first light right after the rain


































Different it is different it was. Different I learned…….






















Angkor Wat is just one small piece of the jig saw puzzle of what is Cambodia. Spending only three days in the bowels or chambers of this mythical city was clearly not enough time.  Angkor Wat is one giant piece of what once was life, and never will be again. Angkor Wat has left its massive foot print, filled with many questions for us kids to explore, it left us adults to walk about in wonder, it has silenced the scholars, it has pulled in masses of people from around globe and left others speechless and stationary in there tracks.  This is just one small piece of what I feel or what I felt while hiking, walking, riding, sitting and meditating.














Then there are the people (lots of them), the police ( helping you or trying to sell you there hats, badges and police issue belts), the monks (immersed in prayers always looking for a moment to sit with you), the artists of trade (hawking everything from coconut painted scenes to native attire) and the tourists ( OMG from 5am till 6 pm I did everything I could to avoid any white tourist, except the 3 I was with) ,the dogs and cats ( too many to rescue but I did my best to feed) the monkeys, the elephants, the giant red ants, flies and mosquitoes ( it is a jungle) being surrounded by being in the center, being connected here, walking barefoot It was just the most brilliant, amazing, fantastic eye opening experience I have ever walked into! 
















So many more to follow..So many more stories to share.. So many more moments to come..

At the end of this road is there is only.......................


June 29, 2014

Where time stopped, the clouds remained, where turtles swam in the shallow waters, and green lights from the fishing boats light up the night, where the moon turned blue and thunder and lightening rained down~ Koh Tao Thailand

Over the past 3 months I have shared some of travels on here on my Steady 70 blog, on my steady70 facebook page, on my steady 70 twitter page. Some of the things I have shared have about Thailand’s Street Foods, Street Art “Graffiti” the colorful shades of Thailand’s sub culture art ~ then I met Monk Ven Noi; We spoke About his work with Life and Hope Association in Seim Reap, Cambodia~  Before that I introduced you to The Heart & Soul of what is Thailand!


Now we are taking a little trip to the island of Koh Toa~ Where time stopped, the clouds remained, where turtles swam in the shallow waters, and green lights from the fishing boats light up the night, where the moon turned blue and thunder and lightening rained down. It was Island time and we were high on a hill at a place called High bar in Koh Toa watching life down below. 





I am now sitting  drinking my coffee on a deck in New York flipping  through my images of Thailand,I can clearly identify my friends laugh, my friends accents or see their body language as we walk through the streets. I can recall that moment prior to snap of the shutter. I can recall and retain everything of that moment leading up to the decision to hit the button with my finger. What I have left are pieces of life, 
slices of time, suspended moments.  That’s the moment’s I save in my minds eye.








 Through out my travels there were days, nights, mornings, afternoons, evening and whether shooting on a boat, shooting on top of a mountain, shooting from scooter, shooting from a bus, shooting anytime or anyplace and as fate or life would have it I could not get my setting’s correct on my camera. Simple settings like color temp, speed, or my focus was off, for some reason my being out of sync with my camera only meant that I had to connect more with the places I was at and people that I was with and met.  There was one morning that everything went to shit…my lenses repeatedly fogged up, it started to rain, my then more rain clouds, then more shit and we all have had those types days.  It made me laugh at myself, it made me just retune my chi. With in minutes there was a sudden shift in my step. I was here not to just shoot pictures, I was here to experience, I was here to learn, I was here to get affected, I was here to………. Do and do and do I did! On the island of  Koh Tao….




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"At some point you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines... or you can live your life crossing them.   Here's what I know: if you're willing to take a chance... the view from the other side... is spectacular." GA



~Long Live the King~ June 2014

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June 10, 2014

Graffiti in Thailand ~ Street Art ~ Whats better then ART~

Some bigger then life graffiti I've come across throughout Thailand..  I love street art.. 

From Bangkok, From Chiang Mai, From Hua Hin, From Phi Phi, From Koh Samui, From Koh Tao, From Chiang Rai.... I have been shooting walls of graffiti as much as I can.  


 
                
                   It never get's boring seeing graffiti, it is never the same artist's, it is all amazing... 


  
          I love it when artist's take over abandoned buildings, I Love it when they leave there mark... 



It never get's old..... 


                 These are just some of walls and murals I have photographed. Much more to come later...

    
        The colors are a amazing, they bright and so vibrant, so rich these wall are truly worth sharing with the world...



THAILAND"S  GRAFFITI~  

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June 4, 2014

Street Foods of Thailand ~


Foods of Thailand from fresh street meat, live fish, vegetables, tangy fruit, insects,  that are all prepared for you.
Man I love this country~ the food I am almost getting used to the spice and the rich  flavors.  As a foodie I am in heaven,  I found time to pull, edit, retouch and write a little about what I have eaten, seen and…….

What I see is colors so vibrate,  I’ve tasted the freshest hand picked fruits and veggie’s, eaten freshly killed pork, chicken, duck and eaten it either raw or cooked~

What lingers in the air is peppers, fish sauce and BBQ and the sweet smell of wood burning. The heat rises off the grills and the temperature spikes just when you think it cant get hotter it does, it must be the Thai peppers or the green curry!

With that being said I am combing through thousands of images from all over Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Nai , Chiang Rai, Koh Tao, Lumpang, Koh Samui, Mai Sai, Hau Hin,  Phi Phi  and everywhere else I’ve seen…

 So with that being said Bon appétit people….










May 27, 2014

Sitting and speaking with Monk Ven Nol in Cambodia ~ About his work with Life and Hope Association in Seim Reap~


Sitting and speaking with Monk Ven Nol in Cambodia ~ About his work with Life and Hope Association in Seim Reap~


Have look and lend a hand~

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May 20, 2014

The Heart & Soul of Thailand ~ Long live the King!



When I was thinking about Thailand I had to stop thinking about what others had told me, I had to remove myself from all the books, all of the pictures I have seen just so I could focus on what was going to come or came my way.



On the plane I had dreamed of colors, bright colors, When I landed I just followed the white light, the white out of clouds meeting the sun meeting the pollution, the heavy dank air was more damp, more humid then I thought. As I walked through the streets my feet always seemed to be in water, as I was zigzagging on the street on the side walk. The water was hot the pace of my walk slowed as water drip-lets  sprayed up the my legs as I walked. I smelled ash, I smelled fish sauce, I tasted sweetness in my mouth that I could not describe.  I was in Bangkok. I was lost in thought, I was lost in the sites, I was lost in music but most of all I was just lost.


This part of journey started days ago, months ago, years ago when I was first thinking of South East Asia.  It was then that Thailand began to resinate in thought, it was then that I that I thought that the path of NYC was going to take me here, but instead I ended up in Vietnam. I have returned to South East Asia,  I have listened to my inner voice and now Bangkok it is.


Like a child walking with out a parents hand to guide them.  I snaked along main roads and back roads, in and out of Wats, it lead me to meet a few amazing people, it lead me to more then a few monks, it lead me here atop one of the most spiritual journeys up to the sky, up high over looking the city of Bangkok, it lead me into a 50 foot Buda which lead me another flight of stairs and under 4 huge bells, or chimes, it lead me to sit beside myself. I sat quiet, I sat under the umbrella of the most perfect peaceful reflection of the golden sun. I was content, I am content, I am awake I am in deep thought, I am thought less, I am just here I am under the hot sun, I am under no obligations to do anything, I am here to find self, revive my chi & explore life....



After a long pause, after a long break in my day, after I have drank more then enough water to drown a few seals.  I am up again, I am refreshed, I am over watered and ready to be drained & have every last drop of water purged out of my body. 

For some reason I just don’t care. I don’t think about anything my mind is blank, I have slowed down, I have stopped thinking and I am barely even breathing, I am connected to semi chipped large stone step that I followed.

The silence the quietness is perfect, the craziness of Bangkok is below me but I hear nothing. I begin to realize that I am not alone, I realize I am one of the millions people before me that have walked, hiked and climbed,  that so many people have done the exact same thing before and there will be many others that will follow, that will feel, that will repeat my every step in every way that I have. This is the journey.
                                                                            
                                    
Bangkok took a hold of me, it gave me inner peace, Bangkok gave me a new walking pace, Bangkok gave me exactly what I needed & then I left. That was 5 weeks ago…  I give you pieces of what I saw along the way…. 


From foods I’ve eaten to roads I’ve crossed, to parades I’ve marched in, to signs that popped out in front of me, to the ever blooming lotus flowers & water lillies, to chefs that I ve met, to the djs that controlled the vibes in the clubs or on the streets, to the Thai police & security guards that always allowed me safe passage into or behind the walls. To stepping over the left over dirty dishes that piled up in the street markets, to the discarded coconut shells that lay on the sidewalk , to the street vendors that made me try everything. (beetles, larva, worms, frogs, dried fish, dried fruits to whatever was on a BBQ) 

To all the people that made me laugh, made me feel at home, who made me take a step back in order for me to focus on the bigger picture, (* pun intended) Bangkok was / is just the beginning. So much more to tell, so much more to show... ""With that I say More Time""




I say please and I say thank you… Long live the king!


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March 31, 2014

The Candy Colors of Acro Yoga.... The Start of the book........

As my moods have changed as well as my curiousness about Yoga! My attempt at yoga over the years has been an experience. Lets just say, sometimes the mind can do more then the body wishes... But it is my fascination with yoga, the purity of it, the art of it, and the relationship of self that has brought me here. One of the best feelings for me is when class has ended and I have the feeling and sensation of walking on bubble wrap with out the popping sound.

My appreciation for the art and love of yoga has grown into an addiction. Every session teaches me a new lesson, which incorporates the art of achieving a higher level of mind, body & soul.

Then I met Dawn and Mark Oliver at Yogiiza on Miami Beach. My outlook on yoga did a 180 it completely changed simply by them inviting me one night to there studio and introducing me to Acro Yoga... 

I was hooked, I watched and I was pulled in, I saw balance, I saw the strength which it took to control of the motion. I saw how the partners worked together cohesively, breathing, hands in hands, legs twisting, torsos flexing and then locating the exact body location for support that is needed to achieve some of the most difficult posses to form the most brilliant statue like poses, Trust, no fear, believing and repeating it over and over again until it is absolutely perfect.  It is a dance it is a graceful exchange of weight, of breaths of air, it is the most perfect action of 2 souls coming together.

Which has brought me to here and now.

With the help of Renee Dillman my assistant, together we came up with an idea, we wanted to create images that were not ""pure"" in the sense of how we think about yoga, how we practice yoga in the perfect place, where we are able to open and begin breathing and moving into a state of mediation * there would be no amazing beach, there will be no studio over looking a great valley in some remote jungle, there would be none of that.

And then my mind went black and I wanted to take this beauty I wanted to take the most perfect bodies, the most advanced acro yogi's I could find and then taint it.  

What we did was started seeking out locations that were the complete opposite of a typical locations for us to shoot the beauty of one Yoga Master, One perfect yoga person at the most desirable bluff, or studio with a view. Been there done that more then a few times for clients. 

Now we have solo yogis, we have acro yoga partners, we have acro yoga couples, now we have these amazing, gifted people contacting us to partake in our shoots.

We found old cement factories, we found recycled tire plants, we found junk yards, we found gun ranges, we used the walls of Wynnwood, we used a studio of a guy who rebuilds old classic motorcycles, All the locations were found through friends, through friends of friends and believe me this is the just the start.
(Thank you guys)  

These are all great locations but my next group of images that I'm currently shooting are very dark and very morbid. This is the trail that we are on, because we are again focusing on that yoga is a mind set that no matter how old you are, no matter what shape you are in, no matter of social class, no matter of your level of experience or location anyone could achieve this higher level just by attending a few classes. Finding inner peace during the most intense situations, How your breathing relates to your energy, to the color of your hue around you. 

At first I was hesitant on showing any of the images. I wanted to keep it hidden I wanted to keep working on this project and the reflection it is having on me personally. It is still a growing body of work that is evolving into something more unique, something richer for me internally and that is the driving force of why I am sharing some of the images now. 


Special thanks to my assistant Renee Dillman without her hard work and dedication this series would not of had a starting point for a new beginning.

Without the following we would not have had any shoots:

Craig at We Love Colors www.welovecolors.com for providing us with all the leggings, tops, socks and more. 

On to the people who found the time, drove the extra mile, took a chance, climbed a tower, worked on the ropes over battered, broken cars, who bend over backwards 25 feet off the ground across two stones 4 feet apart, jumped over fences, barbed wire, crawled under god knows what to get in and many other things we needed to do to get what we got....:) AWESOME, AWESOME  AWESOME! 

If in Miami, Fort Lauderdale you want to meet and get involved with Yoga or Acro Yoga:  Here’s your chance to work and meet some the toughest, kindest, warmest, friendliest and above all amazing yoga teachers and students here in South Florida: 

A huge shout out to: 

Charly Acro Om and Arianne Traverso :TRIO - Mind Body Spirit Studio and AcroYoga
Jessica Chin Fong: Yoga Teacher at Yoga Connection

Rob Newmans and Megan Johnson the Slacro-duo  ACRO YOGA,

Victor Nieves, Brice Lafosse, Bethany Sheriden, Karen Arias, Aziza Lubaya~ 














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