Sweet Perspiration

One evening, in San Diego, there was an art reception for Walter Redondo at Meze, in the Gaslamp District.. Part of the evenings entertainment included a Belly Dancing group.

I just love the way this dancer stands, with her hair clinging to the perspiration on her beautiful neck. To me, this image is of a very powerful, and proud, woman who is working her body and loving her life.

It looks incredibly hot!
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Double Dare

Double Dare
by Jack Foster Mancilla, July, 2013

I’ll double down the double dare,
and tell you how much I like your hair.
But first, your eyes, I love your eyes.
Blue they are, a full sky surprise.
Ass, and breasts, and waist, to boot,
a laughing chortle, what a hoot,
but back to your hair, and the double dare.
Above, and below, I love your hair.

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Walter Redondo – Artist

This past Thursday evening, Alexander Salazar Fine Art brought Walter Redondo, and his art to the Zanzibar Cafe. The art remains on the walls. … Pop on down for a cup-o’-Joe and a bite to eat, while you check out Walter’s art. You will have a good evening in the San Diego Gaslamp district.

The evening was filled with snacks, a little wine, and many interesting people. Walter brought his family. They were wonderfully happy, taking it all in.

Link to -> The complete gallery of the evening.
Link to -> Alexander Salazar Fine Art
Link to -> Walter Redondo – Art Culture Life
Link to -> Zanzibar Cafe

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Excerpts From an Old Time Setup

The Gompers Prom was a small affair at The “W” hotel in San Diego. Obviously, being a Prom, everyone was dressed to the “9’s” And, they were all having a great time.

They had asked for an old time backdrop giving them an isolated setting.

So, I brought one of my 12×24 drops, a stand, and some clips to hold everything in place. For the setting, I chose a darker colored drop because I wanted the people to be the brightest things in the image. Unless you want a lot of overpowering white space to write text on, like in a magazine, I think the a bright background would detract from the eyes. … I like eyes. 😉

When we were setting this young woman into place for this image, she leaned over as she is in this image, trying to hear what I was saying. I thought it was very cute. … When we were actually shooting, I pretended to say something so that she leaned over trying to hear what I was saying again. … 🙂 Bam! I love my shutter releases for catching candid setup shots.

The complete gallery of Setups is here -> The Gompers Prom

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Graphite Social

This is the third, Graphite Social,” hosted by the Museum of The Living Artist, 1434 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, 619-236-0011. This is a 21+ fund-raiser to benefit SDAI, Museum of the Living Artist.
Their FaceBook link is,
The Graphite Social

The link to see all the images in my gallery of the evening is,
20130531 – Graphite Social

This is a wonderful environment for artists. The room is filled with art. The organizers are 100% professional.

It is so much fun to be in a room full of creative individuals. I met many people here, and I liked everyone I met.

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A Wink, and I am Caught.

Tonight, I am going to the Graphite Social – Museum of the Living Artist – San Diego Art Institute, in Balboa Park.

I went to one of their events in January.

This is a link to all the images of that night.

It was a wonderful event, where a set of models are presented mid-room, and is ringed by artists plying their art. … If you have a chance, you should come down. I am eagerly expecting another beautiful evening in Balboa Park.

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Andi – Running to tomorrow.

Here we have a beautiful human being, running with a full head of steam towards her future, tomorrow.

In Andi’s world, tomorrow does not creep in its petty pace, from day to day, to the last sylabal of recorded time. Nope! In Andi’s world, running headlong into tomorrow, we can see a wondrous world.

I like this place.

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The Martinez Family

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_MG_9906, a photo by LensLord on Flickr.

What a pleasant surprise when I was asked by Mrs. Martinez to shoot her family in Balboa Park. And then there were problems with the scheduling. … I thought it may never come to pass. But times change, schedules open, and the day was beautiful.

Via Flickr:
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The entire gallery can be seen here. …
The Martinez Family

Hard at work

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_MG_3380, a photo by LensLord on Flickr.

I was shooting a multi location event for Alexander Salazar Fine Art gallery in San Diego. This woman was working at one of the locations. 😉 No names, and no exact locations given to protect the innocent.

Pink in La Jolla

Jaz Cook, and her partner, hired me to shoot some images for their real estate business. She really wanted some images for their online presence. … We shot those, and they were very happy with them. We actually shot several times for several different looks. … But this image?

For this image, I had the lighting units there to shoot some portraits, and I love colors. … 😉 … So, in the moments between the real work, we played a little.

With the La Jolla sun banging against the empty La Jolla home, and streaming through the windows of a room with an ocean view and filled with mirrors, I gelled the units with a single color, and banged back.

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Four Friends in San Diego

Three Mustache Club Friends, and a new friend whose name I do not recall in front of the gallery. Terence, Harley, our new friend, and Charlene. 😉

Last June, when Charlene was working as an apprentice at the Alexander Salazar Fineart Gallery, she started a closed Facebook group for a small set of friends. For the most part, the group consists of friends that like to don a mustachioed persona upon occasions for fun. … She invited me to join, even though I have a built in mustache.

Charlene still works once-in-awhile at the gallery, but she loves art, and comes to most openings. This opening, I cornered this small group of friends outside before they left. This is the result of that moment. 😉

Cool!

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Some Friends.

I like to go for little trips with friends, and shoot some images. … This is just a jumble of some of those little drives.

The Lady in Red

This image takes place in an art gallery. The gallery is the Alexander Salazar Fine Art gallery, located on the corner of 7th Avenue and Broadway in San Diego.

Although the name is specific, the name is redundant. While looking at this image it is obviously the image of a beautiful woman in her element as she swims in the sea of averted gazes. The people of polite society look deep into her eyes as they speak with her, but everyone sees her. She is beautiful, the lady in red.

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With this Ring

Julie Ashton and Jory Lasser were wed.

Good luck to the couple on their journey. May your lives entwine and be an amazing trip that is secure for all. And, I wish you both all the hapiness that could be possible between a woman and a man, for the rest of your lives.

It was a beautiful day.

Link to All Julie and jory’s galleries.

Link to The Preparations (Proofs)

Link to The Wedding (Proofs)

Link to The Family Shots (Proofs)

Link to The Reception (Proofs Unfinished)

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Woman in the Grass

I like people. They are fun. They have a life of their own. And one of the greatest things that I get because I am a photographer is that I get to share some time with people that I like.

This is a friend. We walked around an island with my dog on a nice winter day in San Diego, between the winter rains of January 2011.

We spoke of hopes and desires for our tomorrows, and we spoke of times gone by. We shared a very nice day.

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Having a Beer at Sunset

This image is one of my favorites of Ocean Beach. People are going about their business. There are five separate conversations going on, and when I look at the large image, I swear I can hear the voices. 😉

I am not really hearing the voices, but I can read the body language. A few are drinking a beer and watching the sun as it sets behind the ocean. The cops are talking to a whole group of skate boarders. A woman is walking alone, glancing at the setting sun. Some of these people will sleep here tonight.

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Woman in Black with Red

It is hard for me to say anything particular about this image. I just like it.

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Two Women at Tea

Truth be told. … I like people. And I really like these two people.

In this image, we have Kat and Connie sitting at tea. … I do have a little bit of a crush on Connie, but who wouldn’t? Kat already has a partner. …

This day was a mixed bag of locational disappointments. Things did not go as planed, but we did the best we could.

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Fiesta Island, the isle of love.

A few of my friends, and our dog partners, visited Fiesta Island. 😉 All of us had a very nice time in a beautiful section of San Diego.

My dog, Gypsy, and I go there quite often. We have a wonderful time there.

This is a link to a few more Gypsy images

I wanted to invite all of my friends that could make it, down to fiesta island with their dogs so we could do a giant dog shoot. (I will set a date for that soon)

But, June 26, I will be shooting pets for Citibank customers at …

Citibank
2240 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915-1003
Phone: 619-216-1251

You might want to check out those kinds of images as well. …

Furry Un-Dogs
Dogs … Really, dogs. 😉
Scales, Feathers, Amphibians, Other Pets
Pets and People, together 🙂

Come on down! 😉

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Smoking? So What?

People are so very interesting. And random connections are a little bit of a spark.

These four people were just walking down the street, tourists from out of town. … “Hello, do you mind if I take your picture?” So, they say, “Yes,” and just stand there and look at me for a moment. … Then I say, “Strike a pose. Put your cigarettes in your mouths.”

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After the Rehearsal

Today I was shooting some bonus shots during Gustavo Romero’s rehearsal for tonights performance with the San Diego Youth Symphony in the Copely Symphony Hall. Everyone worked very hard during the rehearsal, and we were treated to some wonderful music in a great hall that only contained about five people.

I love rehearsals. Rehearsals are the occasions where creativity takes place. Performances are another story because that is where people are performing for themselves, and an audience. Performances are what performers live for. But, I just love the moments of creativity, and the sparks of communication, the small conversations that can only exist during a rehearsal.

After the rehearsal, a few people gathered around Gustavo for the history books. 😉

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A Small Town Honors the Dead – Fallbrook California

Fallbrook California is the town in which I did most of my growing up. It was not a town really. It was, and I think it still is, just a friendly village. That is what the sign said on the way into town, “Fallbrook, the friendly village.”

People have told me that it has changed quite a bit since I lived there. I have heard reports from young people that say that they hate the town. … I don’t. I still love the memories of Fallbrook. These few images of the Memorial Day celebrations are from a couple years ago, and you can still see the kernel of the friendly village.

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One nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Politicians, fools, and the media, have turned us against each other; Left against Right, Rich against Poor, Religion against Religion. By dividing us, they conquer, subjugate, and control us, leaving us without any real voice, disenfranchised. …

We are capable of incredible power. But, we must use our power for good, and not to control others. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. None of us have the right to force our beliefs upon another. None of us have the right to inhibit the development of another. None of us.

I take the pledge unifying all Americans, indivisible, before politicians in search of a vote, used the pledge to divide us.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

With this pledge, we will all stand together. … Or we will surely, fail, together.

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Secrets and Judgements

Connie and Kat
J.F.M.

These are two ladies of San Diego.
Who are planing their next, which way go?
So, Connie and Kat,
thought as they sat.
And decided on Tiera del Fuego

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