Month: February 2019

MidWeek Updates: FMOPA 2019 Photo Competition

2.27.19 Good morning all! I just came across this while I was getting the Where To post together. If you read the segment Saturday, Where To made a stop in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts was one of the places featured. For anyone interested, they have a photo competition. The deadline dated is April 6, so you do have time to enter. Here is the information from their website… Credit source: Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMOPA)       Cost to enter: $10 Cost to vote: $1 per vote w/5 vote minimum Deadline for entries: April 6, 2019 / midnight Winners announced: May 4, 2019 Exhibition dates: June 1 – July 23, 2019   Categories:  People and Portraits Places, Landscapes, and Drone Photography Nature, Science, and Animals Documentary/Social and Political Photojournalism Still Life Abstract Photography Conceptual Photography   To know more information, to enter, or vote, go to    Featured & other images: Roadtrippers, Ronen Tivony, and Anna Murray

Black History Feature: Gordon Parks

2.25.19 I wanted to turn Creative Close-Up into something different for February. It’s the last week of February and yes it’s still Black History Month. The late Gordon Parks is our focus for Black History Feature. Photographer, musician, writer, and film director, he was well known for documentary photojournalism.  A few facts on Parks: Was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the “blaxploitation” genre. Worked on a federal government project which focused on poor Americans during the 1940s, for his photographic essays for Life magazine. Directed the films The Learning Tree (1969) and Shaft (1971), along with The Super Cops (1974), Leadbelly (1976), and several others. When he was a teen, his first job was playing piano at a brothel. His song “No Love“, composed in another brothel, was performed during a national radio broadcast by Larry Funk and his orchestra in the early 1930s. In 1953, Parks composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Parks was not only …

2019 Academy Awards/Oscar Winners

2.25.19 It’s that time again! If some of you watched last nights the 91st Academy Awards or Oscars, then you already know who the winners are. If not, take a look at who won… ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE RAMI MALEK Bohemian Rhapsody NOMINEES CHRISTIAN BALE Vice BRADLEY COOPER A Star Is Born WILLEM DAFOE At Eternity’s Gate VIGGO MORTENSEN Green Book   ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE MAHERSHALA ALI Green Book NOMINEES ADAM DRIVER BlacKkKlansman SAM ELLIOTT A Star Is Born RICHARD E. GRANT Can You Ever Forgive Me? SAM ROCKWELL Vice   ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE OLIVIA COLMAN The Favourite NOMINEES YALITZA APARICIO Roma GLENN CLOSE The Wife LADY GAGA A Star Is Born MELISSA MCCARTHY Can You Ever Forgive Me?   ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE REGINA KING If Beale Street Could Talk NOMINEES AMY ADAMS Vice MARINA DE TAVIRA Roma EMMA STONE The Favourite RACHEL WEISZ The Favourite   ANIMATED FEATURE FILM SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller   NOMINEES INCREDIBLES …

Where To…Tampa Bay, Florida

2.23.19 Hey there and hello Tampa Bay! What can you do in Tampa? Well, take a look for yourself… TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART From the museum’s website: The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning new building in 2010 with a commitment to provide innovative public programs with a focus on ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. The region’s largest institution devoted to the art of our time, the Museum has fostered a reputation for presenting contemporary photography and new media; most notably, Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa), a 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its south façade, has become an iconic landmark for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Riverwalk Cafe at TMA, a Cafe featuring favorite local flavors overlooking the …

Fashion Updates: New York Fashion Week 2019

2.20.191 Hello again! New York Fashion Week has since passed and I’m trying to play catch up… MICHAEL KORS…Hello Gigi…   MARC JACOBS   TOM FORD   RALPH LAUREN   CAROLINA HERRERA   OSCAR DE LA RENTA…beautiful Bella… I hope you fashionistas enjoyed these designs! Milan Fashion Week began yesterday and it’s time to catch up with that…enjoy the rest of your day or evening, be blessed!   Featured image: FshnEco

MidWeek Updates: SXSW Gaming 2019

2.20.19 Hump Day Wednesday…Gamers…if your planning to attend the SXSW Gaming 2019 in Austin next month in March, I found this little thing… Credit source: Events 4 Gamers SXSW Gaming 2019 Friday, March 15, 2019, to Sunday, March 17, 2019 – all day  Event Details WHEN Friday, March 15, 2019, to Sunday, March 17, 2019 – all day  WHERE Austin Convention Center at 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701, USA COST $20-39 Single Day, $39 Three-day Wristbands (discount until Jan. 27) Buy Tickets    Description  Tickets  Organizer  Venue Official Website: Explore highlights and get ready to celebrate gaming culture at SXSW Gaming 2019 via a unique combination of exhibitions, esports tournaments, hands-on play, awards, panels, and more. I will try to post a reminder close to the event.   Featured and other images: & Events 4 Gamers

Shadow Spotlight: Michael W. Thomas

2.18.19 Hey everyone! A new week has arrived and I have someone I like you to meet. His name is Micheal W. Thomas, a friend of the family and a really good photographer and February’s Shadow Spotlight. Here I’ve talked with Mr. Thomas about his love of photography… Can you recall a time when you first held a camera? As a youth probably my sister’s Brownie camera, my dad was reluctant to let me handle his. When did you know you wanted to be a photographer? I had an interest when I was young, my dad bought me a camera kit where I had to assemble a camera and maybe took a few shots with it. We were provided a camera in my Humanities course in High School for a project. I, of course, wanted to be photographer following around our 3 kids, but it was 3 years ago that I became very interested and had a dear friend give me some lessons and I was smitten. What do you want people to learn when …