Chris & Laura's Wedding

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Chris & Laura's Wedding

Oh Wow!!! What an amazing and fun wedding it was. From the very get go, I knew this was going to be an “out-of-the-ordinary” kinda wedding,  and it was anything but ordinary in the best possible sense of the phrase... It was a really fun, lighthearted celebration of love and friendship...

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True North Studio Fall 2011 - Spring 2011 Collection

This is a photo book of some of the artwork you can purchase via L'Image or online... Read my previous post for more detail...

http://zeronorth.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/limage-becomes-my-first-retail-location-in-wichita-ks-to-carry-my-artwork/

Please click on the image of the book cover below to view the complete ebook online  on Picaboo.com of my Fall 2011- Spring 2011 Collection. To navigate from page to page, please use the arrows and to see a bigger  version of the photographs inside the book, simply click on the image to zoom in...

 Photobook -  Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 Collection

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L'image becomes my first retail location in Wichita, KS to carry my artwork !!!

I've worked with L'image for a number of years now and I am a huge fan of their unique mounting process called Laminage... It is a much more modern and elegant alternative to traditional framing... Not only is it a super clean and ultra modern way to present photographs & other artwork, it is also a very durable mounting methodology that is 98% UV protected, non glaring and moisture resistant. Even though Laminage is their signature product they also specialize in premium quality gallery wrapped canvases and traditional custom framing products as well... The quality of work and workmanship is second to none and I am proud to be one of many talented local artist they represent... So the next time you are at the Town East Mall, take a few minutes to drop by L'image and check out a few of my pieces and other fine artwork from local, national and international artists. As an introductory offer to all my Facebook fans and Blog subscribers, If you mention the word "True North" you are eligible to receive 10% off the list price...

Become a fan on Facebook  @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/True-North-Studios/364264379851

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L'image is located on the top floor of the Town East Mall right next to Dillards...

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Currently I have Endearing Love ( a photograph of a mother and baby elephant on gallery wrapped canvas) for sale, but please request for my Portfolio Book to choose from my full Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 collection of images...

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 Photobook -  Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 Collection

Please click on the image above to view the complete ebook of my Fall 2011- Spring 2011 Collection. To navigate from page to page, please use the arrows and to see a bigger  version of the photographs inside the book, simply click on the image to zoom in...

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Please inquire about the special limited edition of this print ... "U2- No line on the Horizon"

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Little Miss Emma...

This was a great family portraits session commemorating a big milestone in Little Miss Emma's life... Turning 1 years old... It was a really fun photo shoot on a warm and beautiful November evening (thanks to global warming... LOL), plus I couldn't have asked for better fall colors... Become a fan on Facebook to see more photographs from this and other projects @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/True-North-Studios/364264379851

Without further ado...

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Here is a little slide show of a few more images from this photo shoot...

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Personal sized island

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In the days of personal sized pizzas, it is rare to come across a personal sized island... But how wonderful it would be to have your very own island... I don't know if you can see the little house in the middle of it at this resolution, but what a view they must have... I suppose the only problem would be if you wanted to order in your pizza, you are going to have to give the delivery guy a pretty big tip... :)

To view a larger versions of this and other photographs from my travels, visit my studio’s Facebook page @http://www.facebook.com/pages/True-North-Studios/364264379851 or to view a super large version of this visit my portfolio site @ http://www.true-n.com/ under the travel section...

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Sailing True North towards the vast unknown

Sailing True North towards the vast Unknown

This is a photograph of a lonely fisherman venturing into vast blue ocean on his little long-boat somewhere in Phanang bay, Thailand... The waters in this bay is relatively calm compared to the open ocean he is headed to. These boats are nothing more than dugouts canoe with an outboard motor from an old truck or car, but these men brave the treacherous seas day in day out on these boats just to feed their families...

To view a larger versions of this and other photographs from my travels, visit my studio’s Facebook page @http://www.facebook.com/pages/True-North-Studios/364264379851 or better yet my portfolio site @ http://www.true-n.com/

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Facing the coming storm...

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I took this photograph when riding on one of those ski lift looking contraptions somewhere in Sentosa Island in Singapore. It was a really neat ride over the canopy of what used to be a virgin rainforest a few decades ago, but now converted into one gigantic theme park...

Anyhow, about the photograph... The foreground is what's left of the canopy of a once majestic tropical rainforest. It was a hazy sunset over the Andaman Sea, but what’s peculiar about this photograph is how almost all the ships are pointing towards the mouth of the bay. I didn't realize it at the time, but it rained like crazy that night... It was probably as a precaution against the rough seas and gale force winds that rolled into bay during this monsoon storm...

To view a larger versions of this and other photographs from my travels, visit my studio’s Facebook page @http://www.facebook.com/pages/True-North-Studios/364264379851 or better yet my portfolio site @ http://www.true-n.com/

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Highway of Dreams

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I took this photograph a couple of years ago close to a beach on the southern coast of Sri Lanka... The regular roads in this small Island are normally very congested and full of pot holes and what not, but this empty sandy stretch of road right next to the beach seem as if though it wrapped all the way around the entire Island. I am sure it doesn't... but one can always dream...

To view more photographs from my travels and other projects visit my studio’s Facebook page @http://www.facebook.com/pages/True-North-Studios/364264379851

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Elephant Spa

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This is one of the most favorite activities of elephants... They thoroughly enjoy being scrubbed down and laying all day in the cool river water... This is the equivalent of a spa day for an elephant :)

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New Orleans & Mardi Gras

To be honest New Orléans was never near the top on my bucket list. But earlier this year a couple of my good buddies convinced me to go down to New Orléans for Mardi Gras... and boy I am glad they did!!! For those who are not familiar what Mardi Gras is (also known as Fat Tuesday), it began as a French catholic tradition that involved the last day of feasting and celebration before Lent began on Ash Wednesday. But over the years it has turned into one big fat excuse to have one ginormous street party. The closest thing I can think of from anywhere around the world would be the annual Carnivals in Rio. New Orléans is truly one of the most unique cities in America... Everything from its unique French colonial architecture, music, food... and did I mention the food... It’s been six years since Katrina and this was probably the first year since then New Orléans has seen this sort of a turn out for Mardi Gras… It was literally a sea of humanity everywhere we went. Honestly it was a struggle at times lugging around a big heavy camera in the middle of a million people, but I suppose sometimes you have to do what you got to do…

For more photos from this trip visit my studio's Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/True-North-Studios/364264379851

Here are a few photographs of the numerous parades we saw... Very colorful to say the least. It looked like the city went all out this year...

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The iconic Bourbon Street is an absolute must if you are ever in New Orléans... Mardi Gras or no Mardi Gras. I am not exactly sure why so many people congregate to this one street, but it is kind of nuts... LOL...

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If I can give you one top travel tip about New Orléans... Is that if  you are ever in Bourbon St, make it a point to visit Howl at the Moon... It is a piano bar... I know what you are thinking... but it was soo much fun... The performers were super talented, and by the end of the night even i was singing... LOL...

http://www.howlatthemoon.com/locations/location-new-orleans

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One of the best things about New Orléans has got to be the amazing food. If you don't know this about me already, I am a huge food nut... The seafood was especially fresh in these parts, and i was really digging the all the Creole and Cajun flavored dishes. I even got to try some Alligator... and it is true... it does taste a lot like chicken indeed...

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Another Top Travel Tip : If you are a fan of seafood... the French Market Restaurant  is a absolute must. Make sure to try their Crab Meat Lasagna and their Seafood Cheesecake... No its not a typo... I am not even a fan of regular cheesecake but this seafood cheesecake was out of this world...

http://www.frenchmarketrestaurant.com/

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The following are a random collections of photographs of random sites, people and things from New Orléans...

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U2 Canvas- No Line on the Horizon

This was a photograph I took in 2009 at the U2's 360 concert in Norman, Oklahoma. To be honest I wasn't even a big a fan of U2 before I went to this concert. My friends literally had to drag me to it, but boy am I glad they did. To this day it is probably the best concert I've ever been to. As you probably know professional cameras are strictly prohibited at these concerts, plus I had managed to break my little point and shoot camera playing paintball earlier that year, so I went to the concert with no camera at all. But luckily Hector let me borrow his little point and shoot camera at the concert...

We only had general admission tickets and we were not particularly early getting to the concert either, but thanks to Ale' charm and a bit of luck we somehow managed to get into the inner circle of the 360 stage (in the belly of the spaceship so to say). We were not particularly close to the big stage, but really close to the outer ring though. It was probably just dumb luck but it turned out to be best spot anybody could have asked for, no matter how much they paid...

So to the picture itself... Like I mentioned before we were very lucky to be at the right place at the right time. One of the spotlights happened to hit Bono from the opposite side so all we could really see was just a shadow of his profile, but he just happened to be standing exactly sideways relative to us, and the beam of light cut through the darkness like a laser beam... Hector wanted to make a poster of this photograph as soon after I had posted this picture on Facebook, but it took nearly 3 years for this to happen... LOL ... I wanted to add some of my favorite lyrics into the print, but it turned out to be much more complicated task than I had initially anticipated... Nick's help at the very last hour was invaluable... We almost missed the submission deadline fiddling around trying to get the perfect arrangement of the texts, but we made it with something like 7 minutes on the clock...

This particular print is 5ft x 1.5ft

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These words might look like a bunch of random texts, but you wouldn't believe the trouble I had to go to, not just for the arrangement (thanks a lot again Nick for helping out with it), but to make it almost be invisible. With proper lighting, it is almost impossible to see it even if you standing only a couple of feet away. I am really pleased how it turned... This is one of those instances where you really have to see it in person to appreciate all the intricacies of this piece.

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Miranda's Senior Portrait

This was a senior portrait photo shoot I did for one of my really good friend's daughter - Miranda... It was a cold Kansas winter day, but the pictures turned out  really great... It was a really casual shoot and I think she had a lot of  fun during the shoot and I think the pictures show it... On a side note... If you are interested in setting up a photo shoot, I have very limited availability over the next couple of months... I will be traveling for pretty much the entire month of June and I am involved with several projects in the mean time as well, so if you are interested, please contact me via email or phone as soon as possible to book a session... Also, I've been working hard at wrapping up many of my travel and fine art photography projects, so stay tuned for them as well...

These were a couple of original designs I came up for the invitation cards. I incorporated several design elements that were meaningful to her...

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This is the design they ended up picking... The final printed  versions  turned out really great. This time around I decided to use a  local  printer, because of the tight time frame. It was a bit more expensive to go  this  route, but the advantage was that I was able to pick the best paper  for  the job and have more control over the entire printing process. I  ended  up choosing a textured satin paper which worked well with this   particular color scheme, and really enhanced the golds and browns...

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Here are a few more photographs from the shoot...

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SoBiz10.com Exclusive Offer...

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Wine & Art Auction

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Palette to Palate -A wine tasting and art auction to benefit KETCH

When : Febuary 19th 2011

Where : Wichita Scottish Rite (332 E 1st Street North, Wichita, KS 67202)

This is a fund-raising event KETCH (the organization I work for) is hosting to benefit Kansans with disabilities. 100% of the proceeds from this event goes towards this cause. This is the first year we are hosting this event, but it has mushroomed into an extraordinary event... thanks to the involvement of several community members and wonderful sponsors. We have over 80 pieces of numerous kinds of artwork from over 30 local artists to choose from (including at least 2 of my photographs). And oh did I mention the wine... we have a wide variety of some of the best local and international wines to choose from, plus Hors d'œuvre by some of the finest eateries in Wichita (including  Cocoa Dolce, Cero's, Larkspure Bistro, Uptown Bistro, etc).

For more information visit our web page:

http://www.ketch.org/winenart

To purchase tickets online:

http://palettetopalate.eventbrite.com/

So come support a great cause, enjoy some great wine and food, and a chance to own some remarkable artwork at a great deal. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions... hope to see you all there...

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My little guide to Toronto, Ontario, Canada...

Earlier this year I went to Toronto for a few days... This is my slightly "off the beaten path" guide to Toronto... As far as Toronto goes in general, it is not much different from any big city in America... But instead of a Starbucks around every corner there are Tim Hortons...  For some weird reason, it reminds me a lot of New York...

Visit my studio's Facebook page @ http://www.tinyurl.com/truenfacebook to see many more pics from this trip and much more...

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One of the first neat places I had a chance to visit there was St. Lawrence Market. It's kind of sort an indoor farmers market in the heart of downtown Toronto. You can find all sorts of interesting food items and much more here... everything from caviar, crepes, prosciutto to crazy looking carrots and cow bones for your dogs... It is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat and/or get some fresh produce...

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Niagara Falls - Well you can't go to Toronto and not go to Niagara, at least once. Its only a couple of hours drive from Toronto. To be honest, I was kind of sort of disappointed... Don't get me wrong, it is probably one of the largest waterfalls on the planet (if not the largest) and a magnificent sight to behold, but it is way too touristy for my taste. If you are going to Niagara, I would suggest you try to hit one of the hiking trails that run along the river and lead up to the falls. The trails are suppose to be amazing during the warmer months and the views are suppose to be spectacular...

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Gallery 44 - is a conglomeration of galleries for contemporary photography. It is a must see for anyone remotely interested in photography and its just a neat place to visit even if you are not.

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The Distillery Historic Districtis east of Downtown  Toronto… It is a wonderful collection of cafes, restaurants, bars,  galleries and what not housed within heritage buildings of the former  Gooderham and Worts Distillery. Its some what out of the way but It would be a great place to go grab some dinner and grab a drink...

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And here are a few miscellaneous pics from some of the other places I visited in Toronto...

The Hockey Hall of Fame...

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The CN Tower... Unfortunately i didn't get a chance to clime it this time...

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Grand Central, Toronto... Nothing compared to NY's but still huge...

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au revoir...

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Rusting Beauties...

I took these pictures while I was in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) in April earlier this year... To be honest, when I went there, I didn't expect much... but to my pleasant surprise it turned out to be a great trip... I took these picture in an area called the The Distillery Historic District east of Downtown Toronto... It is a wonderful collection of cafes, restaurants, bars, galleries and what not housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. We got there an odd time of the day, so we almost had the place to ourselves, so it was great for photographs, but not so good because I didn't get to try any of the restaurants... Definitely a place I will go back to... Anyhow about the photographs... These were a couple of old truck rusting away in one of the alley ways between the complex of buildings in this place... With these photograph I wanted to convey a sense of age and decay... I wanted the view to be teleported four... five... six... decades... into the past when this place was alive and buzzing...

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V.I.T.R.I.O.L

I am going to launch my 2011 Fine Art Collection with one of my favorite images yet. As a critical piece of artwork this image has so many dimensions and layers to it. I am sure most of you would recognize this place instantly. This is the Inverted Pyramid prominently featured on the concluding pages of Dan Brown's international bestseller The Da Vinci Code and in the recent movie by the same name. There are all sorts of mythology associated with this structure. According to Brown the tiny stone pyramid is  actually only the apex of a larger pyramid (possibly the same size as  the inverted pyramid above), embedded in the floor as a secret chamber.  This hidden submerged pyramid is hinted to hold  the remains of Mary  Magdalene, plus a set of ancient documents setting out the "true" story  of early Christianity. These items are identified as the real Holy  Grail, hidden away by a secret society when the new Louvre foyer was  constructed in the 1980s and 1990s. But there is also an older interpretation of the Inverted Pyramid in Raphaël Aurillac's work Le guide du Paris maçonnique. Aurillac sees the downward-pointing pyramid as expressing the Rosicrucian motto V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Visita Interiorem Terrae Rectificandoque / Invenies Occultum Lapidem, "Visit the interior of the earth and… you will find the secret stone"). But enough with all the mythologies... In reality, even though it is an engineering masterpiece, it is no more than a simple skylight at the underground entrance to the Louve in Paris. But to these kids it is just a fascinating play thing. They seemed to be fascinated by this ginormous glass pyramid almost floating in mid-air and that they could see all the people walking over it... I am not sure if you can see the expression of the each of the girls faces at this resolution, or the etching on the glass, or that two of the girls have their hands over the tips both the pyramids at the same time, etc... I am just glad I just happened to be at the right place at the right time to capture this moment...

 

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Paradise on Earth...

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These are some of the most  amazing and pristine beaches I had a chance to visit... This series of images are all actually the same stretch of beach. This really is a little bit of "Paradise on Earth", but these kinds of places are becoming rarer and rarer on our planet.

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