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New Year’s brings much reflection on the 365 days before it. For me, however, that time extends farther. I moved back to Miami six years ago and there’s been plenty to consider since then. My modus operandi is to continuously move forward, but there’s value in looking back too. Photography helps with this contemplation. Images are like reference points to my life and make memories easier to recall. As I look through photos from my past, the moments tied to them replay in my mind, some blissfully sweet, others painfully difficult.

Overall, life has been filled with good fortune for me. My parents sacrificed much to ensure my brother and I possessed an education to compete in the world. As a result, we’re both successful and independent. All the material things we’d want are available to us and I’m thankful for it, but the last six years have revealed fortune gave me something more valuable, friendship.

I’ve been passively observing the bonds with those around me for two years, watching them form, grow or die out. My goal was to better understand people and what binds us together. The biggest takeaway from my ongoing experiment? Friendships are alive. Yes, it’s said good friends can pick up again after years apart, but how many of us are the same people we once were? A better idea is never to drift so far.

When I look through old photos, who I shared the time with is what stands out. Memories are better recalled when there’s more than one person remembering, preferably over good coffee or a strong drink. Those interactions are the reason for cultivating strong relationships. It’s not just about remembering the past, it’s also a way to better understand ourselves, sharing and growing and learning from each moment.

I’m thankful for all those in my life. As we begin a new year together, I’d like to wish everyone the best. May 2014 be filled with many adventures and many friends to share them with.

request@davidpulgar.com (David Pulgar Photography) Exploring Outdoors Reflecting Thoughts http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/Good-Fortune-in-Friendship Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:26:22 GMT
Art Basel 2013, Part 2. http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/Art-Basel-2013-Part-2  

Art Basel 2013 Part 2 Blog Post

I wrapped up my Art Basel photos just in time for Christmas! This was going to be a two-part post, but there’s been little time to edit images. These photos are from Saturday when I spent the day in Wynwood and Midtown thoroughly canvasing streets and tents for awesome art. At the top of my list this year were Art Miami and Spectrum. There was some excellent work at both fairs. This is just a tiny sample.


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Art Basel 2013, Part 1. http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/Art-Basel-2013-Part-1  


‘Tis the season for expression and creativity in Miami! Art Basel officially opened its doors Wednesday and I arrived home from Argentina in time to catch some opening festivities. Gissi and I spent the night with fellow blogger Netty, The Fashionable Esquire, and hopped from the Fox House to a Louis Vuitton party at Cassina. Both were fashion-related events, so we’ve yet to hit the core shows. Can’t wait to see what the weekend will bring!

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Truth Comes with Time. http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/Truth-Comes-with-Time  


Impulsiveness is one of my dominant traits. Four years ago, I started Project 365 on a whim. Four months ago, I spontaneously took up archery. If the price is right, it’s not uncommon for me to fly and spend the weekend in another city. Today’s photo was taken on such an impulse, traveling to Naples to visit my friend Grace. The flexibility I approach life with is known to me, but there’s plenty about myself I’m still realizing. One of those things is ambition.

For years, satisfaction has escaped me. I’m never creative enough, never consistent enough, never able to reach my potential. I’m not bad at what I do, but I can be so much better. This wasn’t a revelation to the friend I spoke with yesterday. I’ve known her almost a decade, and she attests my ambition has been present from day one. It’s only now I’ve come to realize it. In the past, my life carried with the wind and that impulse landed me in wonderful and unexpected places. Lately, however, I’ve been wanting more direction.

“I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” The words of William Ernest Henley resound with great truth now, but that truth came with time. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined photography as my passion and, when I became a photographer, I wouldn’t have imagined portraits as my niche. Now I want to fill my sails with the breeze that has carried me so long and use it to push me in the direction I choose.

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The Infinite Highway. http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/The-Infinite-Highway  

When I was younger, I wanted to join the Air Force and become a pilot. That never happened, but my love for takeoffs, landings, and everything between has never faded. I love to fly. There’s magic in the ability to wake in one part of the world and go to sleep in another. Science has afforded us many things in the last century, but flight is the A+ you take home to show your parents. Orville Wright said it best: “The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”

That infinite highway is filled with potential. It transports us to new destinations and returns us home. It brings families together. It sends explorers to far-off lands. It sustains commerce around the world. It’s an embodiment of human ingenuity and proof that our aspirations, however impossible, can always be attained.

I don’t waste a single moment in the air. My camera is ever vigilant, searching for photos from high above. The window of an airliner is a small field of view, but can make some unique images, like this one I took as my flight landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport yesterday. Having flown into Atlanta many times, I knew parts of the approach would be perfect to frame the shadow.

These last few months have been very exciting. I’ve been traveling more than ever and feel this picture is a good representation of my life at the moment. Flying from place to place in the belly of a mechanical bird realizes a plan I set in motion years ago to travel and learn.

I’m thankful for the opportunity.



request@davidpulgar.com (David Pulgar Photography) Exploring Reflecting Thoughts Travel http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/The-Infinite-Highway Thu, 07 Nov 2013 05:52:07 GMT
Make Everything Flat. http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/Make-Everything-Flat  

Ben Marcin makes fantastic photos of solitary buildings. We met at the Filter Photo Festival portfolio review in Chicago and during our brief conversation I observed a quality in his work that parallels my own. Marcin positions the camera in a way that removes all dimension from the subject. In his series Last House Standing, the buildings are flat. Your eye is immediately drawn to them because its verticals and horizontals are the backbone of the picture.

This way of describing a subject as “flat” never occurred to Marcin, yet it’s a form I’ve recently been exploring in my photography. Today’s photo was taken at Lake Apopka in Orlando. I’m trying to create an artificial horizon by flattening the bridge and the board walk to make a nice line for the eye that coincides with the vertical of the palm trees.

Mobile photography is what helped me develop this concept of flat, dimensionless images. I was looking for ways to make interesting photos given the constraints of those tiny cameras. Focusing on lines and composition seemed a good place to start and, before I knew it, the technique founds its way into my DSLR photography too.

request@davidpulgar.com (David Pulgar Photography) Exploring Outdoors http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/Make-Everything-Flat Tue, 05 Nov 2013 04:33:00 GMT
Out of Place. http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/Out-of-Place  

Not everyone enjoys feeling out of place. Rounding an unfamiliar corner or navigating a crowded street can be tense. Even I have my limits, and I live off the thrill of exploration! Still, a little discomfort does good to keep the mind stimulated.

My friend Stacy would agree.

I travel lots, so it’s not difficult to believe I’d make a friend at an airport. Stacy and I met several years ago waiting for a flight out of Fort Lauderdale International. Her interest in science and penchant for sarcasm made us fast friends. Thanks to social media, we stayed in touch after that initial trip and got an opportunity to see each other this past weekend when Stacy traveled to Miami. I gave her the grand tour around my favorite neighborhoods: Wynwood, South Beach, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

Raised in Ukraine, Miami is far from the norm for Stacy. Watching her reactions as we drove around was a treat. I’d never seen anyone so enamored with the ocean, sand and palm trees – the everyday things Miamians take for granted.

Playing tour guide gave me better perspective of what this city offers. At the end of the day, I even had some pride for Miami. It’s unlike any other city in the United States, and for all it’s flaws, we have an excellent climate, blossoming art scene and rich international culture. Most of all though, Miami is young and still developing an identity. There’s great opportunity for each of is to play a role in what the city becomes.

Keeping with last weeks theme, today’s photo was taken using a phone. My plan is to post at least one mobile photo a week from now on. There’s lots you can do with these capable little devices. My favorite thing about making pictures with my iPhone 5 are the limitations. To compensate for the lack of functionality, your basics (composition, light manipulation, etc.) have to be spot on. If you’re curious to see all the pictures I take with my phone, check out my Instagram account.

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Bad Pictures. http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/Bad-Pictures  

Good photographers take bad pictures.

When you view the work of an experienced photographer, you see the finished product. It’s polished. Absent from the final image are the countless days of planning and preproduction, the meticulous editing, and the many failures and learned lessons from years of self-development.

Nobody is perfect on day one. Even now, five years after deciding to pursue photography seriously, I am still growing and improving. That’s the required mindset to stay good. You must systematically eliminate weaknesses. To prove that point, I chose this photo of the New York City skyline. It’s an O.K. image, not my best, but the purpose for taking it was proving to myself I had matured as a photographer. Why? Because three years prior (seven years before today), I made this monstrosity.

I can’t begin to illustrate all the things wrong here, so just read the user comments from when I submitted the image to Digital Photography Challenge.

The negative review that post received motivated me to improve. It gave me a baseline to grow from. Once I learned the basics of photography, it was all about practice, practice, practice. You don’t notice the change day to day, but when you look back, the difference in skill becomes apparent.

My advice, similar to what Ira Glass recommends, is to never surrender. Every passion requires skill and skill takes time to develop. You won’t stop making bad pictures, but you’ll learn from each mistake and grow the quality of work to a much higher level.

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Photographic Literacy. http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/Photographic-Literacy  

Mobile phones have changed us. The Internet made Earth a smaller place, and now it’s pocket-sized. To paraphrase theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, we are witnessing the growth of a Type I telephone system, the communication network for a global community. Images are at the forefront of this evolution. Unhindered by language or cultural barriers, they tell stories words can’t. In order to grow ourselves and improve our ability to communicate, we must learn to make good pictures.

“The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike.”

Those words spoken by Hungarian painter Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in 1936 couldn’t be more accurate. More than 70 years ago, he recognized photography would revolutionize communication, technology just needed to catch up. Cameras today are so small and software so advanced a phone is all you need. The rise of mobile photography is directly responsible for the success of online communities like Instagram. Communication is no longer one-way. It’s not even two-way. Today, we have conversations between multitudes of people and, if we’re lucky, those conversations become relationships.

If you follow me, you know I’m very active on Instagram. I’ve had the good fortune to meet many like-minded people there. We come from different backgrounds and share different opinions, but within each of us is a visceral need to create through the process of photography. For someone working a 9 to 5, like me, it’s liberating to take, edit, share and talk about a photo anytime, anywhere and with a global audience. Today’s photo comes from my iPhone 5. It was taken with ProCamera; edited in Snapseed, Handyphoto and Mextures; and posted on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr. It’s a long way from how things used to be done. The art of photography and communication is evolving and we photographers must evolve too. Share your knowledge, teach your friends and family what makes a good image and how to tell a story with pictures. Do that and become a progenitor for the new way people communicate.


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Car Windows. http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/Car-Windows  

I’ve spent lots of time staring out from windows. As a child, my family took frequent road trips up and down the eastern seaboard. Lake George, The Poconos, New York City, Savannah, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, The Florida Keys, landscapes whizzed by at 75 miles per hour as the family van’s odometer ticked higher and higher. These early experiences shaped me in ways I am only now understanding. For me, turnpike service stations and interstate rest stops kindle childhood memories of carefully wrapped sandwiches, pear juice and pinecone collecting. The road has always been a member of my family, and it still nurtures me today with insight and perspective when I need it most. These days, however, the windows I stare out from have a 10,000 foot view. I’ve traded highways for airways that take me to places like Dallas, Texas, where I snapped today’s photo at Eisenhower State Park.

My skin was roasting here. Fifteen years of living in South Florida and I’ve never experienced such warmth. It’s like scalding air was crushing me with every step. Cowboy hats off to those Texans who manage in such abysmal weather. I’ll take hurricanes over heat any day! Still, the moment made me consider how accustomed we are to our environments. A Texan doesn’t worry about heat any more than I do about humidity. Experiencing a new locale not only introduces us to something new, it shifts our perspectives of what we know. After each trip, I see my home with new eyes ripe for exploration. It’s like a three-part bonus. Traveling gives you the experience of the trip, the mystery of the destination and rekindles the wonder of your hometown.

Like those childhood memories framed by car windows, these new experiences define an important period of my life. Age doesn’t determine maturity and growing old doesn’t mean you stop learning. Traveling from the familiar to the unkown reminds me there are many miles of road to look forward to. My adventure is just beginning!

request@davidpulgar.com (David Pulgar Photography) Exploring Landscapes Nature Outdoors Reflecting Travel http://davidpulgar.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/Car-Windows Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:33:00 GMT