Bella Vida by Letty

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A Look at 2012 in Photos

A moment to look back at the photos I’ve taken this year and share some of the things I have learned.

South Beach Florida Sunrise
Sunrise in South Beach, Florida

The year began with this quote:
Today and everyday I will live a life true to myself, not the life others expect.

Everglades Florida Sunset
Everglades
Florida Everglades
Everglades
Florida Everglades sunset
Everglades
Finding the courage to take action begins with loving yourself and knowing that you are good enough.
Altered Light Graffiti Photography
Altered photo of fire dancer
I encourage you to create content and share it. 
Altered Light Graffiti Photography Fire Dancer
Fire Dancer Light Graffiti
We are constantly building … destroying and re-creating our reality.
 
Blowing Rocks Jupiter Florida
Jupiter, Florida
Today what will be, will be and that’s okay.
florida sunsets
 
My goal in life is to be my truest best self. 

Sueno por que el alma necesita volar

 

 

May the new year bring you everything you desire.
Join me as I take steps to continue building, learning and growing.

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My Adventure at Art Basel 2012

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt.” Leonardo da Vinci
Wynwood Florida Art Basel
Wynwood Walls during Art Basel 2012
unicorn
I found a Unicorn @ArtBasel2012

Immersing myself among art renews my creative spirit leaving me inspired. I spent a wonderful weekend checking out the various Art Basel 2012 events around Miami. This year there was too much to chose from.  Frankly it’s impossible to see it all.  I had a list of events to hit up but only made it to a few of them.

Wynwood remains my favorite spot. The neighborhood is run down but the element of spontaneity is thick in the air. At every corner lies the possibility of a pleasant surprise.  And that’s how I like to roll when I’m out and about.

It was Saturday evening, days after Art Basel’s official start, but there were still artists putting the finishing touches on their murals. I completely get that.  I often need to walk away from a piece or fall into endless editing.  Gracing the walls were many different styles from Escher-esque like black & white to playful pieces bursting with color.

Music filled the air.  You couldn’t walk two steps without hearing some type of music.  On the street where I parked there was a hip hop music video being filmed.  As I continued exploring Wynwood, each space had its particular music streaming.  There were street performers who danced to a live band playing on the sidewalk.  I even bumped into Santa dancing with Don Quixote.  Later I walked into a bar which turned into a cafe selling tacos out of an altered car, which turned into an open air market which I witnessed clear and convert into a dance floor for 80’s music lovers.

Art Basel
Filming a music video during Art Basel 2012

I experienced so much on Saturday alone it’s impossible to get it all in one post.
After eating dinner, which was a super tasty burger from the Latin Burger food truck I headed to the Design District to check out Mestizo City.

 

Robert Rodriguez's band Chingon
Robert Rodriguez’s band Chingon

 

Created by Henry Muñoz, this installation included a bounce house and featured director Robert Rodriguez in a live performance with his band, Chingon.  I had no idea what to expect but they were really good.  The lead singer was especially fantastic and had the coolest tattoo in the center of his chest.

Robert hid behind his hat all evening as he played guitar and spoke to the audience.  He told us he was inspired to form the band and record music because its the sound he wanted for his movies and much less expensive than paying rights.  Remember he began his film career making super low budget films.

I can relate because when I’m writing fiction there’s usually music playing.  And a big part of telling stories via movies is indeed the soundtrack.

The bands music is a cross of all of his influences: Tito & Tarantula, Los Lobos, Cruzados, The Plugz, Del Castillo, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Patricia Vonne, Girl In A Coma and David Garza.  Check them out if they’re ever in your part of town.  You can listen below.

Stay tuned for the next post which will showcase the art from Art Basel 2012 that captured my attention.

 

For more Art Basel pics you can check out:

@BellaVidaLetty on Instagram

 

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I Have a Passion for Fashion Photography

One important aspect of photography is the historical significance of taking a moment in time and preserving it.  While another just as important facet is its creative contribution to the arts.

My work in photography includes documentation of nature, photojournalism, creative/ artistic light graffiti photography as well as digital manipulation.

I am inspired by other artists and creatives. So you can imagine how elated I was to come across these wonderful images where literature and photography intersect by a woman whose work I admire.

Vogue‘s September issue 2012

Vogue’s September issue features a literary inspired photoshoot on Edith Wharton’s estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, featuring Jeffrey Eugenides, Junot Diaz and Jonathan Safran Foer shot by Annie Leibovitz. I am really loving these images. Source

While Fashion photography is created with the purpose to sell clothes it doesn’t have to be limited by it.  I have a Pinterest board of the most phenomenal images from fashion photographers HERE with many examples of creativity.

If you are a fashion photographer, I would love to connect with you.

Here are two examples of well known fashion photographers for some creative inspiration.
Peter Lindbergh
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Peter Lindbergh

Ellen von Unwerth

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Ellen von Unwerth

 

Which fashion photographers inspire you?

You can view other works which inspire me on my Fashion Photography Pinterest Board.

 

 

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“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” Marc Riboud


“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” Ansel Adams

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Things I Learned from my First Art Exhibit

Wynwood Art Exhibit Florida

 

I’m honored and humbled to announce one of my abstract light graffiti photographs has been chosen to be a part of Beck’s Emerging Artist Exhibition.

My piece is hanging along with fifty local talented artists at the Wynwood Exhibition Center at Cafeina Wynwood. I’m elated to be considered and above all acknowledged as an artist.

 

 

Wynwood Art Exhibit Florida

Below is the piece hanging in the exhibition.  It’s called ‘Love on the Run’.  Light graffiti is made by having the camera capture light.  Images are created by either moving the light source or moving the camera.  In the case of this photograph it was both.  There are no special effects.  The image is not altered, it was purposefully captured.  Light graffiti has become of my favorite ways of creating art.

Love on the Run

Things I learned from this amazing experience.

**Only Action Will Bring About Change**

Dreaming, thinking, wishing, writing and making plans is not enough.  Only action can bring change into your life.  I had to step out of my comfort zone to submit and send my artwork out into the world.  I felt excited, nervous, terrified, elated, happy = alive.

**Be Your Truest Self**

An artist is only as good as they allow themselves to be.

Be the unfiltered you. Do not edit yourself to please people.  You cannot please everyone all of the time. Eventually you will piss someone off.

‘Para los gustos son los colores.’

Do not let anyone edit your message.  I’m not referring to constructive criticism but the essence deep inside that defines who you are and what you stand for which is ultimately what you are saying through your work.

**Commit to Doing Your Best**

I realized the importance of creating a great work, of setting goals and standards which will enable me to grow.  Once the work is out there it will speak for itself.

**What you do is Who YOU are**

There are things we do that bring us joy.  There are things we cannot help but do.  Embrace your talent, your skills, study, practice, do the best you can do. I think that’s the best thing we can do for humanity.

Wynwood Art Exhibit Florida

There were many interesting pieces on display including paintings, sculptures, video shorts and photography.  Mine was the only representation of light graffiti.  😉

My Business Card

 

 

Hair: bouffant. Makeup by Christian Dior: Retro red lips, dramatic eyes. Nails by OPI: red Keys to my Karma Top: ripped gray sweater with sequins Bottoms: shimmery black leggings  Shoes: Black suede 5 inch platform skinny heel Jewelry: Silver and Black onyx chandelier earrings, long silver necklace with key pendant, short platinum necklace with key pendant.

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Fairy tale Inspiration

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. ~Hans Christian Andersen
Forest of Fairy Wings 2/2011 BVLetty
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. ~ Albert Einstein
Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience. ~ George Santayana
If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future. ~ Danielle Steele
The longing of my heart is a fairy portrait of myself: I want to be pretty; I want to eliminate facts and fill up the gap with charms. ~ Mark Twain

Let the little fairy in you fly! ~ Rufus Wainwright

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Fairyland ~ Fairies & Garden

Fairyland Garden
Fairyland Garden
Fairy Wings

Fairyland Garden
I’m inspired to start a Fairyland series. This pair of paintings was done with watercolor pencils, watercolors, glitter and gems. It’s so hard to be productive during the holidays I’m content to get these paintings out. In the future there will be a story but I don’t have the time to develop it just yet . . . but it’s definitely bubbling near the surface. In the meantime I have to try to focus on finishing up other projects.

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Painting

The image came first . . .

One of my favorite modes of expression is painting. Lately I’ve been playing with watercolors and last night I painted something new. It was late, I was sleepy but I had to get this out of my system. First I see an image and certain colors. I wanted blues, purple, gray and yellow but NO green. Then I concentrate on an emotion and paint what I feel it would look like.
The title of this piece is aspersion. I was thinking about how sometimes we can go overboard with self criticism and the damage it does. In conclusion we must make a conscious effort to love ourselves.

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Writing a Young Adult Fantasy Serial Story ~ Letters to the 5th Direction

fantasy young adult serial story ya

I’ve been working on a Fantasy Saturday Serial titled Letters to the 5th Direction, with award winning author J.R. Turner. The story is the fantasy adventure of 12 year old Julie who inherits the 5th Dimension from her grandmother.

It has been a great experience collaborating with someone so talented who allows me to run away with my imagination. Jenny has also contributed the most fantastic illustrations to go with the story.

If you haven’t already you can catch up with the series at the following links.

I hope you enjoy reading them.

Episode 1: Fairy Flight North
Episode 2: The Rolling Trolls
Episode 3: Waves, Caves & Warriors
Episode 4: Merciless Dreams
Episode 5: Battle at Sky Bridge
Episode 6: A Royal Journey
Episode 7: Off to Grandma’s Castle

Episode 8: Coming Soon

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