A Journey Ahead

Stadium Series

This post is all about travel, places and spaces. I love sports more than anything because it's a way for athletes to show their passion for something through their physical strengths and attributes.

 

The Walls of the World Champion Kansas City Royals.

The coliseums, or better known as main stage. Where an athlete steps on to showcase their passion for the love of a game, as I have a passion for my photography. As rock stars get ready to get on stage, an athlete does the same thing day in and night out. Putting all you have out on the main stage for the world to see is what some live for! 

It's stage brings it's own elements to the table. Creating the tone around the environment and drama needed for most sports stages. I have started this series a number of years ago, I would say this was the start where I photographed an MMA fight for Tactical forces. 

Architecture for me is the beginning steps of just about any franchise. Take the Chicago Cubs for instance. Wrigley Field is such a magical place because of the people who have walked through there and the legends who brought the magic back to the ivy. It's the people inside the walls who let the brick and mortar feel so special just by walking through the gates.

Canada Exploration

Coming from Southern California to Canada! Don't mess with the real life Walter Mitty; aka, Sosa. I had the privilege of meeting with a few creatives at some agencies I truly admired in Toronto. Fortunately, that weekend was a civic holiday so I had an extra day to spare. From there, I made the trek out to see one of the seven wonders of the world; Niagara Falls! it was a first in my book, hence I really was set out to transcribe each and every moment of that weekend. 

Downtown Toronto; August 2015

Lets Play Two! Statue aside Rogers Centre; Home of the Toronto Blue Jays. 

I had the opportunity to catch up with an old cousin in Canada. She got to show me the ropes and Snap my photo! Thanks Danielle.  

I highly don't recommend a lot of you at home to follow what I did unless you're a professional and know what you're doing. I had my rig set up the entire trip on the Hornblower. My hasselblad is meant to withstand just about anything since I was shooting film, there's no electronics required and my GoPRO has a water housing to protect it. All of the images you'll see today however, are digital.

My film is currently being processed, yes this includes post processing folks. I try and shoot film just about every weekend for my personal collection and for stock purposes. Some images I leave undeveloped for a few months, I want to look at the images with fresh eyes when the time is right; it helps curate my ideal design.  

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Exiting my Canada Trip, it was about networking and putting faces to some of those names. I felt as if I had accomplished what I had come, if not it's always a positive to take a risk in life. On the way out of Niagara, we had stopped at the Niagara Fallsview casino for parking.

I pressed my luck that day and slipped $20 in the slots, after 5  minutes at the same machine I was ready to walk away with $100. Morale of the story, it's always good to press you're luck because you never know when that day will be your lucky day. 

Distant Traveler

Travel assignments can be some of my most creative projects. When I'm out and about it gives me time to fully express myself as a photographer but most importantly, as an artist. Even in between assignments like stopping for coffee at the airport can sure turn interesting. 

For some traveling is one of the most stressful times. I am thankful, I am more patient than when I once was. We all would like to get to where we would like to be, but we have to know there's never a rush just a sense of urgency. 

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Where should I begin. It's been an all around adventurous year on this side. From LA to Cleveland, Chicago along the way and wrapping things up with a very blissful shoot in San Francisco. Of course, travel takes a wear on you. It's something to take granted because you only live young once. The best part about travel is meeting all the new faces. It's truly a journey when see the world moving right around you.

From an Ad Campaign in for Fess Parker Double Tree September in Santa Barbara, CA is one of a kind magical. 

My first S'more ever made! I think I've deserved the name "Chef Sosa!"

Everyone is on their own journey, each and everyday. Who really knows if their headed to the same places I'm going to. To find someone that's close to the same path as I am, can be a shot in the dark. What I've learned over time is to never be surprised! There's someone out there who could be your alter ego, just you wait. When I'm traveling I usually stick to my routine; a salad a day keeps the Giants at bay. However, trying something new does build our creative palette. Just like the time I was asked to create my own delicious S'MORE! Yes, I know. "Who hasn't made a S'more!" Mind you, I'm from Los Angeles, we only start fires during NBA Finals. 

Flying High in the sky. 

  I was privileged enough to photograph Fleet Week up in San Francisco, CA! A plane sure was waiting for me. This was near the finale encore! The sun sure was bringing in some magic that day. I was on a boat pushed so far out in the waters, that you could practically leap onto Alcatraz. 

Here are some of my favorites of the Blue Angels from that day!

Bill wasn't the happiest to see "The Rock". You win some, you lose some with a travel buddy. 

The best part about that day was probably be so close to Alcatraz. I don't believe I've ever been so close to Alcatraz. Other than the golden gate bridge; Alcatraz, better known as, "The Rock", is the 2nd iconic symbol I think of when I think of San Francisco. It has held some of the most dangerous criminals in all the west coast because it was known as the hardest prison to escape. A lot of iconic movies and images have been captured here throughout the decades. Nowadays, it's known as a tourist escape. One that day for Fleet Week, it was jam packed with viewers to see the Finale! 

The Finale of Fleet Week, United Airlines Boeing flying over Alcatraz. 

Mechanics

Lately I've had the opportunity of traveling. As a traveler you have many opportunities of meeting some very dynamic individuals. My current path of forward movement gave me the privilege of meeting Ryan Peticca; a native Clevelander, as well as, a fellow commercial photographer. As a creative it's not about knowing what's next, but only living in the now. 

I was fortunate enough to collaborate some existing projects with him and in the process sparked some new visual ideas.

The Mechanics within the brain. A drive that pushes the thoughts to undiscovered areas. 

Travels Awakened

Travelers are a rare breed. Unlike a "gypsy", travelers are unseen, unnoticed and unappreciated by most. Many are seeking forth excitement, knowledge, or even purpose. They come and go, searching for answers. As pioneers traveled west, searching for new beginnings. They could only hope and imagine what they may discover in the promise land, "The Gold Coast".

Las Vegas; modern day gold mining for most. Temptation is seen in many ways. 

I too have found myself to become a traveler, in search for something more. Don't lose focus or be blinded by any temptation that may present itself. Embrace new challenges and difficulties, as they are new learning experiences. Focus on the growth and progression of life before our very own eyes. This can only lead to self progression; a power greater than most, an essential cog in our system. 

Promise lies ahead. Stay focused, reward may present itself. 

I can't recall of a pioneer traveling east, where most are entrapped in hibernation. For some reason I am a very rare breed, one who can say that I've found my main cog and have pushed myself to unseen limits in life. Giving up my entire gold coast to discover what lied ahead. This is a still a mystery to me; however, a journey to uncharted territories can only be seen as eye opening in many ways. 

Leap Of Faith

We all have fears. For some of us it's an unpleasant emotion that sticks to our brain since childhood, like flying or even the dark. We feel threatened by that emotion. However, sometimes we do get that feeling as if we're on top of the world. Just like Superman himself; although, even he is afraid of kryptonite. It's all about that moment in life that you have to come face to face with your fears and challenge yourself. 

The sun is our main source of light. It's up to us to show that we keep moving forward when it's gone. 

The sun is our main source of light. It's up to us to show that we keep moving forward when it's gone. 

Being content is easy because it's a peaceful happiness. The more you feel content, the less you fight your fears and challenge yourself. With progressing you sometimes need to take that leap of faith to move forward, sure we're all afraid of this. It's easy to be content, at the end of the day we all just want to be at peace with ourselves and at peace where we're at in life. Just know, after we challenge ourselves we'll be back on the same path. Still striving forward looking for a new fear to conquer. 

A new day brings new light and endless possibilities. Beauty is out there, you just have to keep looking for what's next. 

A new day brings new light and endless possibilities. Beauty is out there, you just have to keep looking for what's next. 

What Goes Around Comes Around

Fate and Karma are two words that are somewhat similar at times. I think of fate as an underlying truth in life; not everything is fate, or else we'd all forget the thrill of living in the moment. However, karma is about the give and take relationship, you never know what life will give back to you down the road. Paying it forward always helps.

                                                                 Wild Bill slipping into the Colorado River. 

                                                                                       Traveling through Colorado Springs and the frozen tundra. 

Enjoy Your Surroundings

My #1 Instinct in life is to always have fun! The last challenge was a doozy; however, we progressed and kept moving forward. Driving for so long over time, we as humans almost forget to enjoy what's around us. Being from LA, I am still not used to this thing mother nature calls "POW".

                                                                  The early bird always catches the worm, and more! 

                                                                  The early bird always catches the worm, and more! 

Forget your surroundings and just dive on in, just know you'll be safe as long as you trust mother nature.  I'm glad we both had the same mindset and were always willing to explore outside of the box. Time adds up quick; you can only jump, dive, and keep moving forward. Not having much time to enjoy things, we almost forget what's around us. This is how I lost my beloved "Konica-Minolta" light meter. There's no turning back, only the movement of progression.

                                                                  Wild Bill  and some polaroid action right outside of Utah.

                                                                  Wild Bill and some polaroid action right outside of Utah.

Co-Pilot Take Over

"The next following days won't be about my story but will be about my great Co-Pilot Wild Bill. I'm taking a step back from it all to enjoy life.  I have been way too wrapped up in technology to see the true beauty that surrounds me at my new destination. It's been a bit challenging adapting to the cold, everyone deals with it in their own way. Gotta keep focused on you and soon enough you'll get to where you want to be." -AMS

                                                                             Keep focused ahead, reward and promise are waiting on the other side.  

  10 min into his endeavors.   This is where the name "Wild Bill" was born.

Another day, another adventure!  You have to live and learn each day. Ice was not the funnest to drive on, especially when you literally do donuts on the highway. Luckily we were both A-OK. The one positive thing about snow, it works as a great safety pillow.

Stay tuned for more adventures and destinations.

What These Eyes Have Seen

Come with me and you will see!

It's been far too long, but then again sometimes you gotta disappear to start an Adventure. As the song says it, I am "Safe and Sound." My journey ahead was a very long one indeed, seeing as I left on January 1st! Let's start off by showing you how it all started. 

Thanks to Roadtrippers I was able to set ahead and see how long it would take for me to get to certain destinations and how much gas it would take.

My philosophy lately in life has been to be as progressive as I can each day at a time, focused on the now and not the then. However, we all need change to advance in life. Yes, that is a risk in itself but it just has to be done if you want to "Level Up". That is what I stuck by, as I walked out the door one last time and packed up my life in literally 2 days.

Sayonara for now California. 

Adventuring across the country in uncharted waters and unfamiliar territory.  On the journey ahead to see familiar faces and reconnect with old friends. 

The game of Life isn't the easiest game in the world, if so we'd all be enjoying our cake by now. The journey ahead doesn't have to be a 1 person game. I luckily thought of this before hand, my friend so happened to be available to start a new chapter himself. 

Bill the Adventurer, along for the wild ride ahead. What lies ahead for the both of us is just a mystery waiting to be solved. 

That day I trusted my gut and left on the first day of the year to set off a new Chapter in my life. Who knows whats next for Bill and I, I'm just taking life one day at a time until I reach where I want to be next in life. For now, Adventure on and enjoy what's at hand. 

Look forward for more of the Road Ahead; one last look of some California Beauty in the Mojave.