Thursday, December 31, 2009, 14:59 - Personal, EventsHappy New Year!
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Monday, December 14, 2009, 13:21 - Personal, Project NewsRecently one of my images from The Europeans was featured on the leicashots.com website. Please check it out when you have a moment!
East bound train. Bratislava, Slovakia 2009.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 15:37 - Travel, ShootingI recently stopped by Frankfurt for a few days on my way back to New York. One of the highlights of the trip was the chance to photograph the trading floor of the Stock Exchange. Far from the frenetic scene most of us think of the trading floor was fairly quiet and very well organized (insert your joke about German precision here). I spent a few hours lurking around and here are some of the results, enjoy!
Bird’s eye view.
Lonely at the top.
The hidden power.
Bull and bear.
A reason why.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 09:30 - Travel, Shooting, CommentaryI had a chance to visit the Kephas church in Vienna during my stay in that fine city and here are some images. Unlike many other parts of Austria society the worshipers at Kephas really believe in a diverse society and the benefits that brings. The congregation is multinational and there are many mixed race couples there as well. It’s an interesting peek into what might be the future of Europe…
Praising His name.
The power and the glory.
Jesus is the rock.
Music plays an integral role in services.
Lost in prayer.
Dancing for Jesus.
Hand to God.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009, 07:33 - Shooting, Project News, Photo of the DayVienna
Family moment. Hungary 2009
To see more images of Hungary, follow the link!
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 05:32 - Photo of the DayVienna
East bound train. Bratislava, Slovakia 2009
To see more images from Slovakia please visit the photo department.
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Friday, November 13, 2009, 08:52 - Shooting, Project NewsVienna
My time in Hungary and Slovakia earlier this year was short, but sweet. I made some new friends and had the chance to spend more time in eastern Europe, something that is essential in telling the story of how Europe is changing. Here are links to some galleries. In just ten weeks I photographed in small towns and well as in the countryside; in a car factory and at a wine festival. I look forward to going back soon. In the meantime please have a look…
Pharmacist. Štúrovo, Slovakia.
Remembering the revolution. Esztergom, Hungary.
Spring festival. Chlaba, Slovakia.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 07:21 - Travel, Project News, CommentaryVienna
But where are the photos? That is what people always ask. Working in film and in black and white means that I can’t just show someone the photo I’ve taken five seconds later. It takes time. Days, weeks even months later I produce the “results.” While I certainly do enjoy the end product as an artist it’s actually the action of taking the photograph, the experience of being in a place at a certain time that is even more interesting. The film will be there if I develop it the next day or the next year; it is the experience of living and working in a place that really makes this craft interesting, at least to me.
Foreign influences. © Damaso Reyes
The photograph is a document, a reminder of what has been but it is nothing but a shadow of what was, even if it is a lovely shadow. I would never trade the experience of making the photo for the actual photo itself because for me the act of creation is what is interesting. Walking down a city street, waiting in an office, simply being in a place or meeting a person you otherwise would never encounter is what appeals to me as a photographer. The camera imparts a freedom that as a young poor child in Brooklyn I could have scarcely imagined. Today the only limits I have are those I place upon myself, thanks to my camera cum passport.
Generations of song. © Damaso Reyes
To that end I make my images available (both to myself and others) when I damn well feel like it. The nice thing about not having a deadline is that you don’t have to rush; you can reflect, relax and actually think. But eventually you do want to see what you’ve done so here are links to images from Brittany that I took last year. While I rather like many of the images, of course I’d like to go back and do more work; such is life. But there are some real stars in these galleries so take a look…
Circus performer. © Damaso Reyes
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 14:30 - Commentary, Photo of the DayVienna
Student protester. Vienna 2009
Do real leftists wear Che shirts?
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Monday, November 9, 2009, 06:17 - Personal, CommentaryIn order to know where we are going it is important to think about where we have been. Twenty years ago the wall between east and west Germany began to fall and a new chapter began. Now all we have are the remnants and our memories, not to mention our history, which follows us around like a shadow. Sometimes it’s good to stop and look at the shadow…
The end of the wall. Berlin 2006. © Damaso Reyes
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Thursday, November 5, 2009, 10:39 - Photo of the DayVienna
A Schengen Treaty supporter.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 10:34 - Shooting, CommentaryVienna
Well it’s snowing right now in Vienna which should give you an idea that I am no longer in the warm embrace of the Mediterranean coast. It just can’t all be beach days and sunshine, can it? Vienna is much as I remember it from my trip last year. The smell of wood burning in fireplaces is a welcome sensation. These first few days have been slow; acclimatizing to the city again and figuring out what I want to try to accomplish while I am here. Just walking the streets in this city is a real pleasure and I am having a good time shooting. Don’t worry, there will be some organized photography as well, in fact last Sunday I returned to the Jewish cemetery here where a volunteer day had been arranged to help clear some of the creeping vegetation. Here are a few images from the past five days…
The carnivore option
The past in the present.
The Wild West.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 10:28 - Travel, CommentaryBarcelona
It’s been an interesting month here in Barcelona. I have certainly gotten to know the city much better, which was one of my strategic aims. Often photography is not actually about taking photos; it is about laying the groundwork so you can take pictures. That having been said I did shoot a whole lot of film, mostly street photography but I managed some organized shoots as well.
Shadow and light. Barcelona 2009
I do feel like this is the city for me and I look forward to returning next spring to set up a base of operations. The town has a wonderful energy which is difficult to describe but I found the people warm and open, just the kind of place I want to live. Now it is upwards and eastwards towards Vienna!
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Thursday, October 15, 2009, 13:09 - Travel, Shooting, PersonalBarcelona
It’s been an interesting two weeks here in Barcelona. The city is as lovely as I remember it from four years ago. Here are a few images…
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 09:01 - Travel, Project NewsWell after a few months back in the States I am off to Barcelona for a month and then Vienna! Stay tuned for more info and maybe even some photos if you’re lucky!
Watching and waiting in Barcelona…
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