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.