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Category : Missions

24 Sep 2014
Bell tower

Mission Bells

Mission Bells – Taken at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission in Monterey, CA While admiring the immaculate grounds at the Monterey Mission I decided that I wanted to practice my graphic focused photography. I started by turning my camera off and then let my eyes just wander. I was not looking for anything in particular. I just wanted to clear my mind, refresh my perspective and see things anew. I sat on a small stone fence and just soaked it all […]

07 Aug 2014

Changing Room for Winners

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love shooting California missions. To learn the history alone is enough to make me salivate but my most favorite thing to do at these places is to shoot them. Shoot the hell out of them, and then come and and reshoot the hell out of them. There are so many details in absolutely everything and I could spend a lot of time discovering and documenting them. I hope to always live close enough […]

05 Jun 2014
Image of Cross on White

Cross on White

I call this image Cross on White. It was shot while I was visiting the mission in San Jose, CA. As soon as I saw this scene I knew I wanted to produce it in black and white. Being black and white I knew that the shapes I was so evidently seeing would be even more pronounced. The sun was high in the sky and it was creating very dramatic shadows and hard contrast all over the scene. The cross itself was very […]

29 May 2014
image of star bright

Star Bright

I have a always been drawn to the missions in California. There are 21 missions in total stretching from just 20 miles north of the Mexico boarder in San Diego to as far north as Sonoma that is 40 miles north of San Francisco. That spans over a 500 mile distance.  The fascination for me is the ornate details that take me back to a place that I can not fully conceive. It is in that moment that my imagination […]

19 May 2014
Image of Smith be unto God

Smith be Unto God

Ok seriously. I do not try to spend my time in graveyards, but between the last couple of posts I am sure some of you are wondering. I call this shot “Smith be unto God” because that was the name on the rather impressive headstone. This image was a bit of a setup, but the light was GORGEOUS! Just look at it. Low in the sky, warming up to the “golden hour” and a perfect back-light for this image. When I […]

08 May 2014

Deaths Door

I call this image deaths door. This is a door leading in from a graveyard, it is a little hard to tell but you can see a small skull and crossbones motif over the door. It took me by complete surprise  when I noticed it. I am not used to seeing things like this, but I guess it literally has its place. The focus for this image is not necessarily the skull and crossbones but the entire scene. I found […]

05 May 2014


This image is titled ‘Merchandise’.  I was in a store the other day, a no doubt very catholic store, and seeing the selection of crucifixes took me back to my childhood.  I remember a crucifix hanging in my grandparents’ house.  As a young boy I read the word INRI above the form of Jesus and thought that was how you spelled Jesus in Spanish since my grandparents are Mexican.  I had to chuckle at my ingenuous and young mind.  I […]