Brooks Institute

Black & White Lives On!

For every occasion there's a wardrobe that fits it; however, in some cases it's all about Suiting UP! From a Writer to Corporate headshots, each need to be bold in their own way. In some instances; wardrobe, makeup, and all the fun that fashion has, doesn't have to be accounted for! I said it! it's tough for some to hear, but the reasoning behind this is lighting. This next image you're about to see was created with 8 lights back from my college days.  I've held onto my craft for a long time. I'm a master of lighting and I hold that trick hat high and mighty! 

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Black and White for me is a nostalgia feeling. It hurts to say, it really does because it shouldn't be remembered as old time feeling. I grew up with film and grew up with Black and White. It already gives you that contrast you want, it gives you the drama your looking for depending on what film you possess. I am forever grateful for having learned, Ansel Adams, Zone System. I still shoot myself all the time, I just wait awhile to develop my rolls. You look at everything through a different looking glass when you have time to wait awhile. 

My old friend Andrew stopped by my Los Angeles office. Currently, he's landed himself in the land of Music! Check out their site and stay tuned for Reggae Wednesdays!  I knew right away when Andrew told me about his new job this was the perfect look for him, he just supplied the perfect accessory by adding the mighty pen. 

Funny story behind this one actually. Andrew and I played baseball together in High School; however, he attended Clark Magnet High School; they help tap into creative skills; such as, design, editing, and writing. Some may think it sounds just like an X-Men school, when in fact, the real mutants went to public school, like myself. I remember light in spaces like nuns remember the holy bible, sad to say but it's somewhat like a superpower. Super powers or not, his writing and my creative skills are taking us places.  Hopefully we'll be working on more collaborations in the future. Music or not! 

Progresiva-A Definition

Orlando Johnson, NBA Guard (UCSB 2011)

Long ago I learned a phrase called Progresiva! In Cuba, "Progresiva" was an Elementary through High School education program that most my grandparents family went to. This also included some college courses as well. Learning is always about progressing, each and everyday. You can never quit learning, even when we turn old and grey there's always something new to learn. All you can do is be open minded and take it all in. Always Progressing! 

I had the privilege of photographing Orlando Johnson during my studies at Brooks Institute of Photography. Orlando is a prime example of "Progresiva". Then he was a top prospect for UCSB on his way into the NBA. Now, the team that drafted him; The Indiana Pacers, are in the playoffs. He got traded in the midst of the season but he helped get them where they're at now. Still to this day Orlando flourishes showing off his talents to the most of capabilities. 

Behind the Scenes, seen here capturing the essence of an athlete (2011) Photographed by Benjo Arwas.

As the saying goes, "All for One, One for All". Progresiva isn't just for athletes, it's for all. Seen below is one of my close friends, Benjo Arwas. He too is another prime example of "Progresiva". He assisted me that day, furthering my series and helping make what it is today. Don't compare us; there's always room for another photographer in this world, as long as we progress with what we love.

Benjo Arwas, seen here standing in for light tests. 

Orlando Johnson, seen here posing at The Thunderdome! (2011)

Orlando and I circa 2011. Photographed by Benjo Arwas.

Sosa 1.0 is what I like to say, in the steps of learning. 

Now you know this saying I live by. Film for me has always lead my path and forever will, it is one way for my soul to speak. Looking into the past just brings insight of what else I need to do to get to where I want to be in life. I've come a long way since then, pushing my career to greater days and even getting a healthy mind on life. Take each day as a new day; a day to learn, progress, and most importantly KICK ASS!