Scroll through your social media apps and you might stumble upon a few friends sharing photos of their recent dishes or a how to video of a delicious meal. Whether you enjoyed the photos or not, food photography has been consistently tossed down your throat and it won't be slowing down anytime soon. Accepting that led me to pursue a route I never thought I would take as a photographer. After a couple of conversations and some sample photos I had been asked to photograph dishes at restaurants throughout New Haven and Stamford for UberEATS as they embark on broadening their territory. Before I knew it I was capturing photos of the best dishes I had ever seen and meeting some amazing people who are chasing their dreams. I had a blast and can't wait to travel further to capture more amazing dishes!
No excuses on this end, I just haven't given a shit about updating this blog. I know a website should be maintained more than an Instagram account but I drifted away from updating both for a while, at least I was productive during my absence. In the past few months I helped establish the Cyber Crime Center at the University of New Haven, became the co-founder of the Properly Relieved Project which is a organization set on providing more depth to the American perception of its modern veterans, and to top it off my brother and I teamed up to create Williams Brothers Photo where we'll be taking on weddings and other lifestyle/adventure work. To be frank, I will be updating the photo catalogues more often than the blog postings but keep an eye out for some interesting posts in the near future. In the mean time head on over to the Facebook pages of both companies and lets us know what you think.
The Properly Relieved Project: https://www.facebook.com/theproperlyrelievedproject
Williams Brother Photo: https://www.facebook.com/williamsbrothersphoto
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With the onslaught of homework, work and everything else I have failed to update you all with my amazing trip to Iceland. Without further adieu, I present you with the photos of our trip to Iceland.
We are destructive by nature. Since we have been able to walk upright, we have continued to betray one another for our own gain or pleasure. The Library of Alexandria, which was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world, didn’t collapse on its own. For centuries, different cultures received the blame for destroying the largest collection of books the world had ever seen. Why? Why would someone commit such an atrocity? Is it because the society and culture of their time was barbaric? or did Rome feel threatened by intelligent individuals who wanted knowledge to spread? Or possibly the Muslim army destroyed the library because the ideas in the books were opposed to the Quran? We may never know the truth about who destroyed the library, but what we do know is that an immeasurable amount of information was destroyed when the library fell. Who knows where we could have been if the library still stood today. Maybe Einstein’s theory of relativity would have been thought of centuries earlier, inevitably sending us into space much earlier than the 1960’s. Despite all the possibilities I could list, we still live in a world where barbarism still governs several lands. ISIS, Al Qaeda, Assad, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and not to mention fucking racism. How long will it be till we can live peacefully with one another and advance our civilization further than we ever imagined?
I believe Carl Sagan said it best,
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
A few months ago I was apart of a class trip that spent a week in Washington, D.C. It was the most enlightening week of my entire education. In the weeks time we meet congressmen, senators, staffers, lobbyists, toured the Capital, the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. Visited federal agencies and meet several employees, which I would have to kill you if I told you about. Made our way down to Annapolis where we toured the Naval Academy and enjoyed some authentic southern hospitality. Amongst all of these events, what I enjoyed the most was being able to visit the National monuments and memorials. Unfortunately during the spring months there is an influx of rampant middle school children ruining everyone’s time. Despite the irritating children, there were areas I could find solace and ruminate on what our Founding Fathers, Presidents, Citizens and Military have accomplished in the past 239 years.
The most important memorial I set out to visit was the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. As many of you know, my father was a police officer that was killed in the line of duty. His name was engraved into the National Law Enforcement Memorial shortly after his passing. I was able to visit the memorial when I was a child in the mid 1990’s and again in 2003 for the 8th grade field trip. This time I was fortunate to visit the memorial by myself, late at night when no one could disturb me. It was an extremely humbling experience that allowed me to reflect on my personal achievements and how short life can be.
Upon our arrival back to Connecticut, I contemplated what I should do for a final project. I tossed around the idea of making a video after throwing around a couple other ideas. I received the approval from my professor and started planning it out. I came across a short video on YouTube using what is known as the Parallax Effect and was astonished by it. I immediately began to rip apart my images from the trip and convert them into the layers required to create the sought after effect. The end result was better than anything I could of expected. Overall, I absorbed an immense amount of information and expanded my network further than imagined. I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity that I received and for the people I encountered.
I would like to thank everybody who has stopped by and showed interest my new website. As many of you know, through either Facebook or Instagram, I have been photographing my adventures and life experiences for the past few years. Throughout that time I dabbled with the idea of creating a company, except working as a freelance photographer presented more opportunity to develop my skills. Accompanied by numerous opportunities to travel, I have been able to build a rapport with several companies and professionals throughout the world. Currently I am pursuing multiple paths as a professional photographer, in addition to multiple projects. If you have any questions or are interested in working with me send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Much more to come in the near future. Thanks for visiting, come back again soon!