Thru the Lens of Auey Santos

.what as I see as my camera captures it.

Downtown with Joel and Tina April 19, 2007

Filed under: Engagement — aueysantos @ 4:39 am

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A friend of mine and an excellent Filipino wedding photographer John Mateos Ong was in town from Manila and invited me to assist him for a series of engagement shots in downtown San Francisco. The exuberant couple was Tina and Joel, who would have their wedding at St. James Church in Alabang. Jong was their official photographer.

Even if I was a tag-along, it was a pleasure to be part of their shoot. We navigated Yerba Buena Gardens, Market Street, Union Square and Westfield Mall in search for picturesque backgrounds. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot.

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Avedon April 15, 2007

Filed under: Inspiration — aueysantos @ 4:40 am

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I just spent an awesome Sunday afternoon, checking out the Richard Avedon exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center in Stanford. Avedon’s reputation as a photographer precedes him. His work is groundbreaking and innovative. What Robert Kappa is to photojournalism, Helmut Newton to fashion photography, that’s what Richard Avedon is to editorial portrait photography. At least in my book.

The exhibit consists of 63 portraits of men, women and children of the Western American States, in the late 70s to early 80s. Each framed image was larger than life, measuring over 7 feet and devoid of any framing or borders. The stark whiteness of the background forces the viewer to zone in on the subject and examine the little details which may clue us in to their life. The common thread is the expression of acceptance of a life of hardship and circularity. While the images may affect viewers in different ways, the collection as a whole is though provoking and definitely, a bit nerve wracking. I quickly recovered with a quick cup of coffee.

Some of the photos from the exhibit are above. The complete collection is featured in the book, “In the American West, 1979-1984,” which is currently unavailable on amazon.com, but for sale at Cantor Art Center museum shop.

If you have a free day from now until May 6, do check out “In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon.” More details can be found here. Everything is free, except the parking.

 

Being Bettie Page April 3, 2007

Filed under: Portraits — aueysantos @ 4:41 am

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I knew that Gigi Valiant had that special x-factor when I met her at Calico Basin in Las Vegas that sunny Sunday. I loved the fact that this model had her own sense of style, and was able to successfully capture the fun-spirit of 50s pin-up girl Bettie Page. As we shot away for her model portfolio shots, I noticed that she actually resembled actress Ava Gardner. It was a great shoot, and we (myself, along with photographers Todd Danen and Mike Danen) captured some great images.

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