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Alma Aloni lives and works WWW.ARTFLOWMAGAZINE.COM in Tel Aviv as a graphic designer. She studied visual communication in Emek Izrael in the north of Israel. She is a big fan of fashion and style so she is actually working with what she loves the most. Meet Asma Javeri, an illustrator from Karachi, Pakistan. She is currently studying Communication Design. Her work reflects her love for medicine; it is often based around the themes of diseases, disorders and anatomy................................... .................. ................. Tom graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and he has continued his work as a designer drawing many different influences. His love for clean bold high contrast typography and layout is evident throughout his work. Along the way his love for craftsmanship has grown thus leading him on to his latest venture Avund Goods. Winston is a former print media & broadcast Journalist. Winston is retired, however, as Consul General after almost two decades in the Diplomatic Service of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Now, and as a Fine Art Photographer, Winston says he is ecstatic about his new vocation and absolutely infatuated with and about … All Things Nature................... ....... . . . . . . . . . . .
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An illustrator from Karachi, Pakistan. She is currently studying Communication Design. Her work reflects her love for medicine; it is often based around the themes of diseases, disorders and anatomy.
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She lives and works in Tel Aviv as a graphic designer. Studied visual communication in Israel and a big fan of fashion and style so she is actually working with what she loves the most.
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His love for clean bold high contrast typography and layout is evident throughout his work. Along the way his love for craftsmanship has grown.
South African Visual Communicator. She works as a below-the-line designer at an advertising agency in Cape Town.
Retired, however, as Consul General after almost two decades. Now, and as a Fine Art Photographer, Winston says he is ecstatic about his new vocation and absolutely infatuated with and about … All Things Nature.
A graphic designer who lives and works in Tel aviv. She was born and raised in the north of Israel. Started her experience with art and fashion from a very young age, and through her life time there were always a connection to style and fashion. Alma got a first degree in visual communication studies, most of her works and project are dealing with a different way of seeing beauty and self-expression through style. She mainly focuses on interesting people that use their outer look in order to tell something to the world. She uses photography, hand illustrations, typography and all kind of different materials in order to create a large verity of presenting style.
Can you please briefly describe yourself? I am 28 years old, live and work in Tel aviv as a graphic designer in the fashion industry. I studied visual communication in Emek Izrael in the north of Israel. I am a big fan of fashion and style so I am actually working with what I love the most. I live with my partner and we are both country side people who enjoy the big city life. How was your background growing up? Any childhood memories? I grow up in a small village by the sea away from the big cities. As a child I remember enjoying nature and the safety life in the village. I was not a “tomboy” even though I grew up with three older brothers. My love for fashion began at a very young age; I was always wearing dresses and shiny shoes. My father always took pictures of me as a child and I used to love being in the camera eye. My strongest memory of my childhood is the big house I grow up in which was full of art pieces and my drawings. What was your ambition, while growing up as a Child? Growing up in the country side, I was always looking a side towards the big city and the urban life. I wanted to travel the world and to be inspired by it. I used to paint on big canvas surfaces and hoped to become an artist one day. Studying visual communication developed my skills and unlimited my way of thinking and creating. How was your Educational background? I studied art as a child in an art school in Haifa. At the age of fifteen I decided going to a regular high school and I kept on doing my art in my spare time. How would you describe your style of art? My style is a verity of things but mostly I would it with everything I do I always add an edgy touch. I love doing pretty things and to them a bit of roughness. Making it a bit dirty. I enjoy colors but I find black and white the most enjoying ones. I try to put my own style on everything I do, so when people see the things I do they can recognize me in it. What inspired you to do design for fashion? Fashion is everywhere, and it influences everything I do. It’s on the street when I’m out, on the Internet, on the television and in the place I work. That’s what gives me my secret energy of being alive and free. With fashion I can express myself without using words, and I find that using it with graphic design opens my mind to an unlimited way of thinking. Do you see any creative link between graphics and fashion design? Off course graphic design these days is everywhere, from t-shirt prints to shopping bags. It’s all over the streets, on the big billboards and it is inside our houses on any small detail. It’s like that in fashion, it is everywhere. And the link between them is very clear, fashion need graphics and graphics need fashion. They are connected. How would you describe self-expression through style? Style through self-expression is what I dealt with in my final project. Self-expression is important in order to be active in the society we live in today. Style is something you develop while growing up; it has many influences, like music, like art or even people you know. I find that through style self-expression become much easy, it become an everyday way of expressing ourselves. I am influenced by my country situation, the government, the economics, and it reflects in to what i am wearing. Style is a great way to rebel or protest. I find that individual style represents the way we think as individuals, and fashion sometimes can represent what everybody else is thinking. What is your favourite collection? My favorite collection is my extra used clothes, and my leopard printed outfits. Everything that is outstanding, that is unique. My biggest inspiration is Vivienne Westwood; I adore her and her way of thinking.
You works are so detailed, how do you cope working under such condition? Before I start working on any project I take some time to do research. I collect as much inspiration as I can, and I start building a puzzle of different parts which eventually will work together. I put special attention to hand made details, and I find it like a personal autograph of myself. The details are my way of saying that what I do is not a copy paste work, but it is something I put all my attention into. I also enjoy working through the night time when everything is quite and the city is a sleep.
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What are your tools? Any technical skills needed? I use many tools. The tools I use are changing from different projects. I love working with different materials such as paper, wood, metal and I always trying new things. The skills that are needed are mostly patient to try new things and to put myself into everything I do. How has your work developed throughout the years? I learn a lot. From anyone. I always explore. I developed myself and my work by being open minded and exploring as much as I can. Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time? My hobbies are my work. Graphic, fashion and style. I find myself very lucky working with what I love must. I enjoy doing it in my spare time. I love photographing and meeting new people. I enjoy exploring the net and writing in my fashion blog.
What do you do in the spare time? Living in Tel aviv is all about working hard, so in my spare time I enjoy art galleries and art museums. I enjoy sitting on the outside of the coffee places and just enjoying the people on the street and the style around me. I have many friends and I enjoy their company. I love the beach and the local pubs around my house. Anything else you want to share? Dream. Dare. Create. That is my motto in life.
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An illustrator from Karachi, Pakistan. Asma is currently studying Communication Design as her undergraduate at the Indus Valley School of Art. Her work reflects her love for medicine; it is often based around the themes of diseases, disorders and anatomy. She believes that when it comes to creating art, is should be out of the ordinary, visuals which make you questions reality; and take you into a space where you control what you see. Her inspiration comes from her random thoughts, her love for medicine and surrealism. She feels creating art is perhaps the best way to get rid of all the smoke that surrounds our everyday life.
Can we meet you please? Who is Asma Javeri? Of course you can meet me; but you have to visit Karachi for that; I promise it would be lots of fun! Well, at least I can make sure your tummy has a great time. What was your ambition, while growing up as a Child? Well, as a child I first wanted to become a teacher, but then my cousins and I would play this game where one of us would be a teacher and the rest students; and they would never let me play the teacher’s role; so I sort of gave up on that dream. Next I wanted to become a doctor, heart surgeon to be specific; and honestly, deep deep down inside, I still do. Why did you choose to be an illustrator? I have always doodled, in my free time, during lectures and all. And I love art, I love looking at art and I really enjoy creating art. Anyways, when I realized that I’m very lazy and only work best when I really feel like it, I decided playing with people’s hearts was too risky a job, and hence, decided to study art in college since it was my second favourite subject at school. At the end of second year at College, I decided to take up illustration as my minor because there is a certain joy in controlling the world you create on paper, and how you can so easily bring your thoughts to life. I mean you’re holding the pencil, so basically it is your world to create. I feel it’s such a privilege to be able to translate your thoughts in a visual form; it’s something that I can do without ever getting bored. How was your educational background? I did my O-levels from Foundation Public School, studied the sciences; then went on to do A-levels from The Lyceum, had a mix of science, maths and liberal arts; and now I’m finally in my last semester at Indus Valley School of Arts; doing my BA in Communication Design.
WHEN I HAVE FREEDOM, AND NO ONE STANDING ON TOP OF MY HEAD TRYING TO DICTATE WHAT DIRECTION TO TAKE.
Tell us more about your illustration styles. My style usually changes depending upon the medium. If for instance, I am working on paper with color pencils, pens or pencils, then it is usually quite rough and full of texture; then if I’m doing some digital work which is vector based, it’s usually very doodle like; and then if I’m working with digital painting then my style changes to smoothly blended stokes, kinda like going into each. But in any case, my work does reflect surrealistic qualities. I admit, I am absolutely in love with Dali. What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job? My love for the concept. I mean, honestly, if I don’t like the topic I’m working on, my work turns out more than just horrible. I guess that is also my greatest weakness, that I only do best when I fall in love with the concept. Also, when I have freedom, and no one standing on top of my head trying to dictate what direction to take. I mean, I need criticism, I really need feedback most of the times, but I prefer it being thrown in my face after I have done what is in my head, and then I can go tweaking it around to make it look better.
As an illustrator in Pakistan, how would is the perception about your type of art? Honestly, we do not have many illustrators here, well at least not that I know of. However, I see more students taking up art in college every year, which is something great. The kind of art I make, I mean this style, genre is not so common commercially, I mean, I know there is a small group of people who appreciate such art. But honestly, I love what I do, and even if one person benefits from it, that makes me happy. Although, I would really love to see more people enter the field of art and help make communication arts better; specially, turn the advertising done here into something more creative. You have some album art designs, how far have you gone with them? Well, the music scene of Pakistan is really picking up. I mean we have some great underground bands here who are coming up with some absolutely
eargasmic albums. Since most of their music is available for everyone to listen to, and download over the internet, they need some art work to go with it. So whenever a friend asks me to listen to their music and make something inspired from it, I do so. And honestly, I love making album art, wouldn’t mind doing that for the rest of my life. Let’s talk more about your works; can you please share the thought process about the The fartsy anamtomy? The Fartsy Anatomy, was a project we had to do at college. Basically, we had to promote ourselves as an Illustrator. That piece reflects my love for medicine and art. The love for medicine is actually a representation for precision and attention to detail, which was depicted in the art piece through the grid, and the inner-details of anatomy. The illustrator bit is represented by the anatomy being constructed with all the tools used in art. September 2012
REFLECTS MY LOVE FOR MEDICINE AND ART. THE LOVE FOR MEDICINE IS ACTUALLY A REPRESENTATION FOR PRECISION AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL
How about the Pakistan Geography Inforgraphics? Tell us more about it. That again was a project at school. It was a group assignment that I did with a friend (Shiza Shaheen). They gave us a bunch of facts about Pakistan’s geography, economy, politics etc. And we had to choose one category and present it in a visual form so that it’s easy to understand. We picked up the geographical facts and basically showed them through a map, along with a key to further explain the information. It was all done digitally on illustrator. I had done the illustration part, while Shiza did the layout and type. Do you use Mac or PC? PC. Is there anything we should be keeping an eye on for the future? Hopefully my Thesis, which should be up at the Indus Valley School sometime end of November. Also anyone reading this, please pray I pass. :P Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time? I like to sleep. I need my naptime; everyday. Also, I love to jog; adrenaline makes me really happy. Anything else you want to share? Just do what you love to do and there is absolutely no way it can ever go wrong. Website: www.behance.net/asmajaveri Email: email@example.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/AsmaJaveri Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asma.javeri
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o doubt my idea of photography is quite different and I go every length to explore and express myself, it is what I enjoy doing. I don’t see myself as a professional; I don’t have the latest gear, the lenses or studio but a hobbyist who enjoys collecting images. My favourite gear appears to me my mobile phone with 8MP camera. My genre of photography is more of documentary and storytelling. Creating that link between the first and last image of the frame. My subjects abound around me, I can flip my mobile phone to the camera mood in a situation where a DSLR camera may not be possible or may be on special commissioning. Visiting Trafalgar Square nearly every day for the 500days countdown for the Olympic was one of my favourite projects. My best experience however was travelling throughout the United Kingdom taking pictures of Stadium. I have never gone on such a solo tour but I enjoyed it. While the most detailed project was Caught in the Act, taking pictures of those using the Blackberry phone. I saw these set of images which made me think deeper and appreciate those gone ahead of us, using photographs to tell stories, of development, advancement and human endeavours.
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SOMEONE HAD STARTED PHOTOGRAPHING IT SINCE 1887 TILL 1889. ALMOST TWO YEARS OF HARD WORK SUMMARISED INTO SIX PHOTOGRAPHS.
When there were no DSLR or double digit pixel cameras. They used what they had, probably a pin hole camera to capture those wonderful moments. The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Construction started January 28th 1887 and opened Mogaji Gbenga as the entrance March 31st 1889 arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris at 324m and the most-visited paid monument in the world. I studied this building, you call it structure in Architectural School and had feeling attached to it, but I never knew somebody had much more. These photographs of the tower from ground zero level to the final stage were amazing, interesting to know that someone had started photographing it since 1887 till 1889. Almost two years of hard work summarised into six photographs. Unfortunately I don’t know the name of the photographer so no abuse of copyright intended.
Just hope you enjoy this interest in photography and I hope I have encouraged you to take a subject and see how far you can go. It could be the tree in front of your house as it goes through the seasons of change or a building construction around you. It could even be yourself growing your hair within the next few months. Take a picture of yourself every week and see the progress. If you have any of such projects that will like to share with us, please send an email and we will be more than willing to share them with our readers. Enjoy the picture of Eiffel Tower has you (may) not have seen it before.
Gbenga resides and works in London. Creative by default, directing editorial affairs of Artflow Magazine. A branding enthusiast with interest in photography and a social media handyman. Follow him on Twitter: @mogajigbenga
Originally from Camberley, England; Tom is a visual artist specialising in Graphic Design. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Upon graduating he explored the internet and took advantage of many different freelance opportunities. Whilst traveling the world for different reasons Tom has been able to continue his work drawing many different influences. Tom’s body of work can be described as retro with a modern contemporary vibe. His love for clean bold high contrast typography and layout is evident throughout his work. Successes can be found across the board with publications and writeups, some highlights include Delicate, Boxed and Labelled II, and Eco package. Tom enjoys the process of each project and sees it through with a great attention to detail. Along the way his love for craftsmanship has grown thus leading him on to his latest venture Avund Goods. Within this adventure Digital design and hands on craft are found, all wrapped up in a project which draws from traditional methods and combines them with modern technology.
Can you please briefly describe yourself? A golfer / designer who loves travelling, quality goods and sport, check out my blog for additional likes and my general vibe: http://tangoedsince88.tumblr.com How was your background growing up? I began school in Ascot, England then figured following my golfing dreams would be a good idea, which lead me to a boarding school in Edinburgh called Loretto. I spent two years at Loretto where I pursued my golf and found a love for fine art. I completed a number of studies working with views on abstract artists such as William Turner and Georges Braque. Upon completing two yeas at Loretto I wanted to further both my golf and art, thus I went searching and came across the Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon arriving in Savannah I instantly fell in love with Graphic Design as a whole and its design possibilities. You have just launched this project brand called Avund Goods, can you please tell us more about it? I am really excited about this new project as it encompasses all of my interests. The brand Avund has been formed by me and a friend, who wanted to bring our love for detail and high quality products to market. Here is a snippet from our story, Avund was created in 2012 by Mika Becktor and Tom Hayes, two graduates from the Savannah College of Art and Design who wanted to bring their passions to life. Originating from England and Sweden, and spending our university days in America, we feel that we have an understanding of different cultures. Through these experiences we have begun to mould the brand Avund. With the combination of industrial and graphic design, giving us a range of views when looking into the brand and its design as a whole. Avund is a leather goods company, which develops and produces a wide range of products made from the finest vegetable tanned leather available. We founded Avund to express our passion for creating extremely functional yet minimal products utilising both modern technology and traditional crafts. Our products are designed for minimal material waste and efficient assembly. Our Mission is to create a collection of functional and minimal accessories. Designed for the consumer who appreciates products that are carefully thought out, to serve a specific purpose and that have the potential to become a conversation starter. For Additional information please visit, www.avundgoods.com
What was your ambition, while connect and flow correctly, which made growing up as a Child? the job very frustrating, but I’m happy I have always wanted to be a Pro with the way it came out. My goal from Golfer, in fact I still do and love leaving the start was to make the main line the computer behind to grab the clubs circular, and intern make it the most and go out for a knock. prominent rail on the map, and then to branch all the other lines out from it. What inspired your creativity? Just being in Savannah around such What software packages do you use? dedicated individuals spurred me on to Currently the Adobe Cs5 collection, but create more and more to as higher level I am looking to upgrade to Cs6 soon as as possible. I also love traveling and try a friend has it and to be honest it looks pretty damn cool in black. to draw as much inspiration from my particular environment as possible. How has your work developed throughout the years? You worked on the Human Organ At the beginning I loved having lots of Donation Campaign, tell us more about your involvement and things clutter and unnecessary elements within my work, I guess I got that from involved. Yes the Human Organ campaign was a my abstract painting where as much social awareness project in which I paint as possible layer after layer was wanted to just touch on the huge issue applied. But recently I have moved on of the organ trade and shortages not to love retro/contemporary, minimal only in America but across the globe. textured work. Upon tackling this massive issue I wanted to utilise huge bold type in various ways to draw attention to the shocking truth. I researched the topic throughly and wanted to display some of the stats which have been calculated to raise awareness to the campaign. What were the challenges while working on the Berlin Map Redesign? The map redesign was a tough nut to crack as I wanted to make the overall appearance of the map much more memorable as a graphic icon. But in doing this all of the tracks had to still
TOM ENJOYS THE PROCESS OF EACH PROJECT AND SEES IT THROUGH WITH A GREAT ATTENTION TO DETAIL. ALONG THE WAY HIS LOVE FOR CRAFTSMANSHIP HAS GROWN THUS LEADING HIM ON TO HIS LATEST VENTURE AVUND GOODS.
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What is your favourite font? Gotta be Gotham! Do you see any link between Golf, as a game and creative designs? Not a link but golf does provide me with extra thinking time, its always good to take a breather from work. MAC or PC? Mac all day long, I don’t even think I can work a PC these days, the last platform I used was windows 95!
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Originally from the Caribbean region, Winston was born in Nassau, historic Capital of the 700 Islands of The Bahamas Archipelago. He is a former print media & broadcast Journalist and a former news anchor/ news editor for radio and television at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, Nassau. Winston is retired, however, as Consul General after almost two decades in the Diplomatic Service of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He has held diplomatic positions at the Bahamas Embassy in Washington DC, and at the Bahamas Consulate General, Miami Florida. He has also served as Alternate Bahamas Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Washington DC. Now, and as a Fine Art Photographer, Winston says he is ecstatic about his new vocation and absolutely infatuated with and about … All Things Nature.
Dendroium Spectible Orchid (The Alien Orchid) This is an Orchid you will either love or hate. The flowers are ‘*alien*’ looking but it is a collector’s Orchid. If you only want pretty, there are many less expensive Dendrobiums from which to choose. But if you want different and one that will turn heads, the Dendrobium Spectabile species is it. It is a large epiphyte from the hot, steamy lowlands of the Pacific Islands of New Guinea, Bougainville and the Solomon Islands, as far south as Vanuatu
Can you please briefly describe would I explain myself in a creative yourself? context. In simple terms, it’s an I got my first glimpse into the ongoing challenge communicating fascinating world of photography at the creative passion I have for All about the age of twelve when I Things Nature. In my camera’s stumbled across an old copy of the viewfinder, for example, I see beauty celebrated National Geographic in the unexpected as I see the Magazine. To this day, I still have unexpected in beauty, but it’s all memories of being awestruck by the relative because it’s ‘God-made’ which stunning photography as I flipped is perfection in and of itself. I am, through the glossy pages of that however, especially creative with popular magazine so highly respected floral photography (Orchids in for its exceptional photography. particular) and with photographing Although my passion for taking birds in their natural environment pictures was ignited at a very early especially birds of the Southeast Asia age, almost three decades would have region. passed before I was able to seriously study this art form. How was your Educational background? Since that encounter with the I am a proud alumnus of the Catholic National Geographic Magazine, and University of America, Washington DC; during the intervening period I also attended the University of however, other interests dominated Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. Shortly the course of my life. Although my before retiring from the Diplomatic comfort zone was always with Nature Service, I began my formal education and Wildlife Photography, I was into the world of photography first by profoundly influenced by the pictorial studying with the New York Institute genius of Life Magazine’s own Gordon of Photography. I also studied at the Parks, and by the eminent Landscape renowned Art Institute of Fort Photographer & Environmentalist Lauderdale (A School of Professional Ansel Adams best known for his black Studies) and have participated in more and white photographs of the than twenty photography workshops American West especially in the throughout the United States, Canada Yosemite National Park. and the Caribbean. How would you describe yourself as a What inspires your photography ideas? creative person? All of nature and wildlife inspires me and Occasionally I am asked about my gets me going, creatively, when I am out photography style and what I like and about. From as far back as I can most about this art form and how remember I’ve always had an 22 www.artflowmagazine.com September 2012
interest in Nature & Wildlife Photography (Flower Photography in particular.) Truth be told, I’m a generalist at heart and, admittedly, will fluctuate from one subject matter to the next at the drop of a hat. For instance, If I am out photographing birds and come across a beautiful eye-catching Orchid or Flower, I‘ll think nothing of dumping my most favorite Lens AF Nikon 80–400mm Lens for the smaller AF Nikon 105mm Macro Lens. In other words, if it interests me...I’ll take a picture! What is your favorite collection? From all the work done in photography over the years, I actually have two favorite collections: My Orchid / Flowers & my Birds Collection. I am just so fascinated with these two photography genres. The equipment and circumstances used for both is like night and day. When I am shooting Orchids/Flowers, the pace is meticulously slow, deliberate and extremely time consuming. On the other hand and when I’m shooting the high flying and quick moving birds, the equipment and pace is quite the opposite. How is your involvement with the Media? How has it helped to create awareness for your photographs? Initially, my involvement with the media was a very active one but since times and photography (generally) have changed so much with the introduction for the digital format, my
Feathers of the Great White Egret. The Great Egret (Ardea alba), also known as the Great White Egret or Common Egret or (now not in use) Great White Heron, is a large, widely-distributed egret. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, in southern Europe it is rather localized. In North America it is more widely distributed, and it is ubiquitous across the Sun Belt of the United States and in the rainforests of South America. It is sometimes confused with the Great White Heron in Florida, which is a white morph of the closely related Great Blue Heron (A. herodias). Note, however, that the name Great White Heron has occasionally been used to refer to the Great Egret.
involvement is somewhat minimal. Now I concentrate more so on direct marketing my work to lovers of Fine Art Photography, and on exhibiting to the general public at Festivals highlighting the visual arts such as photography. What are your tools? Any technical skills needed? I use Nikon products which, I hasten to add, is not an endorsement by any means of Nikon or its products. A camera and lens is simply a vehicle by which to capture what any camera model or Lens system is capable of capturing. Having said all that, however, I have been shooting with Nikon cameras and Lens now for many years and I am very happy with my work. When all is said and done, however, as photographers we do need equipment in order to capture and showcase our art to the world. The key though is not so much what you have in your equipment arsenal, but how well you use what you have
to record a moment in time of the subject in your viewfinder. I travel with two D300 Nikon cameras and a D200 Nikon as a spare together with a host of lens with my favorite being the AF Nikon 80–400mm (F/4.5-5.6). How has your work developed throughout the years? Although Nature & Wildlife was always my passion, initially I was something of a generalist, if you will. Back in the day, I photographed any and everything. Over the last decade or so, my interest in Fine Art Photography however became more to my liking and preference. I would sooner spend an hour or two setting up a shot than shooting a little league baseball or football game for hundreds of dollars. I was never an action photog. Now, I am more laid back than before and developing a new interest: Tabletop Photography.
What do you do in the spare time? I love going to the Zoo and whenever I’m traveling; my first stop (after trying out a native dish) is to make a Zoo stop. I have an annual membership to the Metro Dade Zoo in Miami, Florida. When I am not traveling, I visit the Metro Dade Zoo at least three times each week. The photo opportunities there are enormous. Other than animals, there are people, landscape, flowers, birds, and so much more. Do you have any other creative interests that you pursue? I do a considerable amount of writing and am now a published Author. My first photo book was about a Feline named Patience (ISBN 10: 1449071406) which was published by AuthorHouse. I hope to publish a photo essay on ‘Birdfeeder Photography’ titled: The View From My Window (Finding Beauty In Your Own Backyard) by the end of the year.
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The Bengal Tiger, or Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris or Panthera tigris bengalensis), is a subspecies of tiger primarily found in India and Bangladesh. They are also found in parts of Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and southern Tibet. The Bengal tiger is the most numerous of the tiger sub-species. According to WWF there are about 2,000 Royal Bengal tigers in the wild today, including 1,411 in India, 200 in Bangladesh, 150 in Nepal, 100 in Bhutan, as well as a number in Myanmar and China. The Bengal tiger is historically regarded as the second largest subspecies after the Siberian tiger. The Bengal subspecies P. tigris tigris is the national animal of Bangladesh, while at the species level, the tiger Panthera tigris is the national animal of India.
ALTHOUGH MY PASSION FOR TAKING PICTURES WAS IGNITED AT A VERY EARLY AGE, ALMOST THREE DECADES WOULD HAVE PASSED BEFORE I WAS ABLE TO SERIOUSLY STUDY THIS ART FORM.
I am also working on a more ambitious assignment focusing on my diplomatic career titled: In The Bahamas Service (My Years Abroad On The Diplomatic Frontline) which will be released in the Fall of 2013.
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My fine art photographs are in numerous homes and offices throughout the world. I’ve also been published in newspapers and magazines. The latest of which was in the prestigious Monthly Bulletin of the American Orchid Society (August 2009 Issue in ‘The Parting Shot’ section of Orchids.) I was also featured as a Guest Writer in the Miami Herald’s Travel Section (2010)
T h e N ic o b a r P ig e o n The Nicobar Pigeon Caloenas nicobarica is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas. This is a large pigeon, measuring 40 cm in length. The head is grey, like the upper neck plumage, which turns into green and copper hackles towards the breast. The breast and remiges are dark grey. The tail is very short and pure white. The rest of its plumage is metallic green. The cere of the dark bill forms a small blackish knob; the strong legs and feet are dull red. The irides are dark. Females are slightly smaller than males; they have a smaller bill knob, shorter hackles and browner underparts. Immature birds have a black tail and lack almost all iridescence. There is hardly any variation across the birds’ wide range. Even the Palau subspecies C. n. pelewensis has merely shorter neck hackles, but is otherwise almost identical. It is not a very vocal species, giving a low-pitched repetitive call.
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