still life

Wine Down

Wind down at the Fess Parker Wine room. After much anticipation the wine cellar and wine tasting has been unveiled. One a futuristic like tasting room, easy enough to get off a cruise on the shoreline of Santa Barbara and have a few tasting of Fess Parker's finest selection. 

I'm granted and blessed to work in a city I went to college in. For the past 6 years I've seen a lot of change happening within the sand and stones that make up Santa Barbara. Fess Parker has let me define my imagery over time. I had the privilege to photograph the Grand Opening of the Fess Parker Wine Room & Tap. It was a long process until it was able to get going and fully finalized for the guests and general public to start coming through. 

Fess Parker was not just an actor but also a wine connoisseur and vintner. The Fess Parker winery is located in Los Olivos and has various choices that were created and aged over time. The most advanced feature that the Wine room has is the electronic wine taps; you could taste various bottles as long as you scan your card it acts very much the same as a soda machine, except with the amenities of alcohol. The time and detail that crafted this space was very meticulous; painted murals on the wall of the Fess Parker winery. Natural varnished wood with iron tables to resemble the same tonality of a winery, two spacious windows created the natural light throughout the day to give in the same greenery that a grape orchard would supply. 

Electronic Wine taps for tasting experience. ©Sosaphoto2016. 

Print layout of Grand Opening from the Santa Barbara News Press. 

Each moment I step foot at this resort I'm never surprised at what's next. What else will adapt the newer crowds, what will bring in new guests, and most important what will keep returning guests. As a creative I know you have to adapt as times adapt, that's the only way to stay a float. One thing is for certain, each job has to be commended to your team, that is what keeps the motor running. From the chef's to the door man, it's all a team effort to create the best experience for any guests, any shape or size. (dog or not).

Images from the Double Tree Employee appreciation day. Never have I ever seen two chef's play ping pong, the opening line for their food was "best served chilled." 

Design Entry

I love to create in just about any way possible. Sometimes through design, text, drawing, and so forth. One lesson that has gone far with me as an artist is to always share growth of creativity with other creatives. Photography wasn't my main interest growing up, I loved carpentry and architecture; believe it or not. I've stayed connected with a colleague whom I call my friend; Israel Guevara, I've known since high school & he is currently enrolled at Sci-Arc and is a very talented architect & designer himself. 

Close up for futuristic modern building. 

His sculpture was selected for top design at Sci-Arc as a public space or community center. The craters on the bottom are holes that a hilltop would have with simulated agriculture around the building. The sculpture as a whole is unique and yet using your imagination could be cost effective in the long run creating something artistic and useable for a creative center. 

Another type of design that I fully appreciate and enjoy are through fashion and products. Denim is a good example of something that can have just about thousands of creations and possibilities. The newest item to start a creative trend in my opinion are the flyknit's. Bringing grandma's style back in the coolest way, no she didn't sew my shoes together but I sure like to dream of it in some century that could've happened. 

Nike Flyknits; ©Sosaphoto 2016. 

I've always been keen on showing off my treasures, but to show off someone's else's treasure and masterpiece is what I appreciate the most. The craft to create something and see it from beginning of design to ending where it's fully developed into the baby you have raised into childhood is quite a remarkable feeling. Lately I've had this tone of being hard on myself, hard on the work I create. As an artist you'll always be your harshest critic, to get away from this I like to digest what I've created and let it sit until I finalize my projects. Let's call it the darkroom time. You've gotta wait until your prints are done in the stop bath to fully see the final image you created. No project is ever complete but I'm always growing to become better, just like all of us are growing to become better individuals each and everyday. 

Racing Flyknit; ©Sosaphoto 2016

One Direction

One Light Direction

The Everlasting One Light Portrait 

In this excerpt I'm talking about One light imagery. I've been doing a lot of it lately and having the pleasure of keeping it simple. We all need some other pieces every once in awhile, my favorite piece is the all around edge light. It creates drama, mood and most importantly; direction. 

The Goalie

Some of the most dynamic images; believe it or not, are one light scenarios. To see how the environment is used to supplement that scenario helps as well. It adds character and dimension to the subject matter. May it be as above the hockey player on a high key background, I wanted to add the story element as if he were on the ice getting ready for the game to start or at the end when there's nothing left the protector of the net. 

Another example; as we're getting ready for the 2016 primaries, I wanted to create a dramatic one light image for the GOP. Giving the edge light the only attributes for our future candidate above. I let the flag create the direction for this image; since it is after all the subject in this one. It plays more of a key than the silhouette of the role player, seeing the our country makes us understand what we're going through right now with our GOP debates underway. There is no clear front runner so yet it is quite mysterious and ominous. 

BBQ Season

Let's celebrate, it's BAR-BE-QUE SEASON! 

Someone remember to supply the bar and we can last all day and night. This last idea popped in my head one day. Drinking alone is always a bad idea, so in that instance you are alone on fourth of July weekend for instance. First find a damn good 6 pack or be the american you are and grab some Millers. Next find a chicken and let him be the guest of honor! 

As crazy as it all looks, it's more fun than you can imagine. Just think of it as if you're pouring one out for the homies, this ones for you Herbert. (Yes, I also named him Herbert). It felt fitting since Herbert Hoover was in charge of mining and creating the hoover dam. Hence, I excavated his mines to store this national treasure. God Bless America! 

Well now that we got the fun out of the way, we can't forget about the sponsors. Thanks to Upland Campside, made a delicious counterpart for Herbert, I believe he fully supported this message. 

Thanks to all the outdoor fun I'm having this summer, I hope everyone at home sure gets adventurous with what you cook and what you eat. Don't ever forget to have the tradition items as a back up for those picky carnivores out there.