Observations: By Doneliz

I’ve known Doneliz for a while now, back to the S2Ki days (car club). Made some really good friends, but ultimately a lot of us grew apart. Doneliz and I got reacquainted at our old kick it spot, Pho Fusion. We’ve all grown up so much since then, new perspectives, new life, and some how we came back full circle. The universe definitely brought us back together for a reason. Don got a wife now, a few sport cars, still got a good job, but one thing about him that surprised me the most was his photography.

Homeboy was into photography and I had no idea he even thought about taking pictures. Before I’ve seen any of his work I’ve always seen him at every Low Rider event or art shows with a camera by his side. He never left the house without his camera. Doneliz’s style of photography is…. I guess you can call it “street photography” because I really don’t know what people call anything these days. I don’t even know what my style is, we just shoot I guess. But to get a better understanding, Don has a pure form of Street Photography. Wanders the street sometimes without speaking to anyone and sometimes he goes unnoticed and snaps a quick picture and boom, he’s gone.

Don captures the real time, raw emotions, no time for anyone or anything to pose or fake a smile, he captures life the way it is at that moment. I know some people don’t like their photos taken, some may feel some type of way, but Don is a true artist when it comes to “freezing time” (it’s what I call photography).

Doneliz had his first solo photo show yesterday at Safe Light Lab and I have to admit, I doubted my boy. I wasn’t sure who the photos were going to look. I imagined it was going to be blurry, bland, pointless because there will be “random” pictures, but boy Doneliz really showed me. I walked in and saw all the black and white on the walls and it was powerful to me. The images really spoke to me, It was like a history lesson that we didn’t know we needed. I bet later in the future these photos will even have a bigger impact. I’m truly happy and proud of Doneliz with what he accomplished and captured. I’m not sure who people digest his work but as I was looking at his photos I felt as if I had a full access to his memory bank and see glimpses of his memories. Congratulation on your first solo show Don, I know there will definitely be more.

Observations

Photo Show By Doneliz

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I believe this is his second photo zine.

I believe this is his second photo zine.

Don develops his own film, scans them himself, and prints them at his home. These are digitally printed.

Don develops his own film, scans them himself, and prints them at his home. These are digitally printed.

The photos on this wall is special because these are printed in the dark room at Safe Light Labs.

The photos on this wall is special because these are printed in the dark room at Safe Light Labs.

I’ve had my eyes on this photo for a while, I want to cop this from him but I’d have to wait till pay day.

I’ve had my eyes on this photo for a while, I want to cop this from him but I’d have to wait till pay day.

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Hahah this one is good, “look back at it.”

Hahah this one is good, “look back at it.”

Spotted the homegirl OT Trilly on the wall. She asked me how do I even know it was her since her face was chopped off. I replied, “I recognize those personalities anywhere.” Haha.

Spotted the homegirl OT Trilly on the wall. She asked me how do I even know it was her since her face was chopped off. I replied, “I recognize those personalities anywhere.” Haha.

Spoon S2K Brothers

Hung out at the Encinitas classic car night with my brother and Jeff. Jeff who was known as Fat Kid photography just bought a new digital camera and shot pics for the first time in many years! He still got it. These pics were straight from his camera, no edit. It’s amazing!

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Rossi Meets Rostrum Records with 24Hrs

To be a rapper or some kind of artist, or even a photographer (like me) is tough since its a grind, a daily hustle. You don’t get a steady pay check from what we love to do, I for one have a regular job to support all that. Not a lot of people know I work a regular job on the weekdays and juggle with blogging and photo shoots after work and sometimes during work (I’d have to request the day off). Having friends who is an aspire artist with a lot of potential requires a lot of support and sacrifice as well. Being a team you have to make time to support each other.

Rossi doesn’t have a job like I do, he’s a full time father and a rapper, so much respect to Rossi for managing life by its horn. Yesterday was a big day for Rossi, we had a meeting with Benji of Rostrum Records (who signed Wiz and Mac Miller) and 24Hrs in Los Angeles. I got the call from Rossi that he wants me present and I know calling out of work is highly frowned upon in the corporate office but damn, this is a huge opportunity so I took the risk and called it off to make it to this meeting. We plan on making it big together! Can’t get into too much details but keeping my fingers crossed to see whats going to happen this year for Rossi Rock and the whole damn SUAV.

Morning coffee run to Project Reo Cafe.

Morning coffee run to Project Reo Cafe.

We arrived to the parking garage of Rostrum Records and had to hop out to take this picture.

We arrived to the parking garage of Rostrum Records and had to hop out to take this picture.

Watching Benjy bobbing his head hard to Rossi’s music was a very very proud moment.

Watching Benjy bobbing his head hard to Rossi’s music was a very very proud moment.

Benji actually contacted Rossi on his own after hearing “ARCO” on Spotify not knowing Rossi was already signed to 24Hrs, and here we are, meeting together and watching the new video to “Back Seat.” They genuinely enjoyed it.

Benji actually contacted Rossi on his own after hearing “ARCO” on Spotify not knowing Rossi was already signed to 24Hrs, and here we are, meeting together and watching the new video to “Back Seat.” They genuinely enjoyed it.

Rossi meets with 24Hrs in his office after the meeting.

Rossi meets with 24Hrs in his office after the meeting.

Japan/Thailand Photo Show

It’s been more than a year that I’ve been holding on to my travel photos. Why has it been taking me this long? I’m not sure of the answer myself.

Well one fracture is that, my money is always tight. Shooting Food Porn cost a lot of money. I had to buy film, food, and pay for processing fee. I didn’t want to take the budget from that to buy frames and prints.

With Food Porn out of the way and a lot of help I received for Food Porn, I think I can finally have this damn show.

I wont be doing it alone though, I’m teaming up with my dude David aka Bojanglds for the second time, but adding a third person, Doneliz. I’m not a huge fan of doing group shows, I just work alone a lot and hate to wait on others and my expectations are so high I don’t want to be displeased by their work or work ethics. But these two are good friends and talented photographers. They are for real with their craft and not a fucking creep or wannabes. And they also have photos locked away that has been dying to be shown.

So after Food Porn we’ll be talking about doing this show together finally.

Japanese Chicano Culture in Osaka, Japan. 

Japanese Chicano Culture in Osaka, Japan. 

Are You A Starseed? What Is A Starseed?

I never eve heard of a “Starseed” till recently. I met up with one of my models one day for coffee and during our talk about Food Porn our conversation took a turn about life and such. The topics was profound and kinda hard to put it all in this blog and maybe quite personal. But she mentioned that I could be a “Starseed.” She explained to me what that was and sent me this article on 27 Characteristic of a Starseed. I don’t know what to believe, but all I know, is that the article really explained a lot about myself, and my experiences growing up and why I’ve struggled so much about who I am and what I had to deal with that not everyone had to deal with. I posted an image of the two characteristics that stood out to me (there’s more that stood out but I picked these two) that people would think I’m crazy or being judgemental.

But here is the link to read about “Starseed.”

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Food Porn: Sway

The shooting process for Food Porn Vol 3 is almost completed, just need to shoot a few more men and it’ll be a wrap. I have enough great photos to show but not enough men. The show will happen in August still.

I woke up super early and went grocery shopping at Sprouts, got coffee from a coffee shop near that (that is not Starbucks), and went to another grocery store to buy a tub of Ice Cream.

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Click Click: Neah

These photos of Neah are absolutely stunning. I was surprised by the result because I didn’t use any reflectors or flash, it was all natural lighting. I guess the condition was just right. We met up to do a Food Porn shoot at my friend’s coffee shop, the Ground Beans Coffee Bar near PB.

We happened to stumble upon a scooter in an alley and decided to shoot with it haha. Some random ass shit but that’s what being spontaneous is all about. Neah’s hair, style, eyes, and a random scooter all worked well together. What do ya’ll think?!

Oh BTW, this is the kind of photo shoot I love to do for a living. I get people asking me to shoot parties and weddings, even though there’s a lot of money in that, I do not enjoy shooting those. I enjoy street photography, food, and I’m not sure what this is called but portraits or style shoots? Emaill or DM me for prices.

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DAMN.

I had the pleasure to visit Barrio Logan 3 times this week and spotted this beauty.

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Unidentified at Hanuit Haus

It was a pleasure to have Liam of Unidentified Corp. Clothing company at the studio last night with photographer Arman a.k.a 18thElement. Liam is preparing for a Spring release coming out this weekend! Visit Unidentified Corp. for the drop!

Modeled by my friend Tiffany, shot by Arman (18th Element).

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Unidentified

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Hanuit Haus Pt 2

A minor update on the house. Finally transported the magazine display from my old house to my new house. I bought that thing a decade ago (damn time flies) for $20-$40, I can’t remember exactly. I was googling “magazine racks” online to find more and found out these are expensive! Ranges from $400-$700, fuck that. Also, 10 years ago I used to subscribe to magazines so I had a lot of them lying around, they now serve as great inspo in the photo studio.

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Also had a visitor last night. Tiffany next to her photo on my wall.

Also had a visitor last night. Tiffany next to her photo on my wall.

Hanuit Haus Pt 1

I decided to start a new thread on the house. Since the house can’t be “new” for long I decided to start a new thread on the house, and now named it Hanuit Haus. All the hard stuff to work on the house are almost done, we can finally move in to live in it, and we have.

I went to a Estate sale in North Park after a friend of mine sent me a photo of the coffee table. Its wood and glass with the color of Turquoise. I’ve been searching for the right one too. I found one on WayFair and another at Living Spaces but this one here, is a Danish Mid Century Modern table and much more rare than the one from Living Spaces/WayFair. Extremely happy with this purchase.

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A closer look, it was $50.

A closer look, it was $50.

Found this folding chair at the sale too, $10.

Found this folding chair at the sale too, $10.

This mirror was hiding in the garage the whole time.

This mirror was hiding in the garage the whole time.