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Tapas San Sebastian

tapas, pintxo, pinchos in san sebastian

San Sebastian is the Tapas Mecca of the world. If the love of food has ever reached a spiritual level, it is here. This is where you will find tapas (pintxos) in all their variety, complexity, and beautiful grand simplicity. …

Photographing La Crema, the burning of Las Fallas, Valencia 2011

 paul shoul,Anna Oliver,Juan Llantada,Tino Soriano at las fallas valencia 2011Photographing La Crema, the burning of the fallas in Valencia is thrilling and just a little dangerous. The climax of a week of partying and huge fireworks displays, the final act is the burning of the over 300 fallas around …

Mars Attacks Valencia!

blue wigs in valenciaI passed by this wig store in Valencia last week while photographing Las Fallas. I absoulutly love the hair and was mesmorised by their heads. They reminded me of the 1996 movie, Mars Attacks! I feared that if I stared …

Las Fallas Burning, Valencia 2011

la crema children cying las fallas valencia

 the burnig of Las Fallas in front of city hall valenciaThe Lass Fallas festival in Valencia ends in fevered pitch with fire works and the burning of the 350 paper mache statues around the city.Each neighborhood elects two sets of Queens, a woman and a younger girl, 12 of which …

Las Fallas Festival Valencia Spain

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las fallas valencia spain

las fallas valencia spain children lighting fireworksThe Las Fallas festival in Valencia Spain is hard to put into words. It is one of those “you have to have been here to get it” events. People construct huge paper mache scenes from the whimsical to those that …

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Flipping out in San Sebastian

san sebastian beach a man flips out in SpainOn the beach in San Sebastian Spain…

Hanging with the Basques in the San Sebastián Hills

bulls san sebastianYesterday I had the honor to spend the day on a farm with a Basque family in the hills above San Sebastián during their  annual family dinner. The food was amazing. Before hand I photographed Etxeta (his nick name) as …

Quail Hunt. Great Southern Outdoors Wildlife Plantation. Alabama Black Belt

The Alabama Black belt region is a paradise for hunting and fishing. The folks you will find there are down to earth, straight forward, and over flowing with legendary Southern hospitality. I had the chance to photograph during a quail …

Tunisia fights for freedom and democracy

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( link to my slide show from Tunisia )

Last year I traveled to Tunisia. Although a beautiful country, the presence of  Ben Ali was felt everywhere. Giant photographs of him were in every major town and in peoples homes. …

Qinhuai River Cruise Nanjing China

Where to eat and sleep in Birmingham Alabama

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original pancake house birmingham alabama

hot and hot fish club birmingham alabama Birmingham is a dynamic city with a lot to see and do for the traveler. Southern Hospitality is alive and well and you can find it at the following places. I stayed at the Hyatt Place in Down town. Spacious …

Magical realism and wine in Chile

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danielia gillmoreDaniella Esturillo, the general manager of Gillmore and daughter of its founder Francisco Gillmore told us funny stories at dinner. She is one of those superenthusiastic people with a child-like bright smile and wide open eyes that find a silver …

Santiago General Cemetery (Cementerio General) Chile.

santiago general cementary sculpture of a womanThe Santiago General Cemetery in Chile, (Cementerio General de Santiago), rivals the great resting places of the world. Often compared with the Recoleta in Buenos Aires, it is larger, the size of 80 football fields. Many of Chile’s past Presidents …

Sloss Furnace Birmingham Alabama

sloss furnace alabamaSloss furnace in Birmingham Alabama operated from 1882 until 1972. It produced pig iron from its huge blast furnaces. The  narrow cat walks tunnels and rusted metal machinery is on a scale that is intimidating when you think of the …

Birmingham Alabama Civil Rights District Kelly Ingram Park

statue racial violence kelly ingram park birminham alabamaIn 1963, members of the Ku Klux clan planted a bomb at the 16Th street Baptist church that was at the center of the civil rights movement in Birmingham Alabama. The bombing killed four young Afro American girls. Today the …

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Ray Scott, Hanging with the Godfather of Bass in Alabama


 ray-scott- bass- fisherman- pintlala- alabama Alabama. Ray Scott is a big man. He has a big house, a big hat, he catches big bass. Above all he has a huge personality that is infectious. He is a man with a million stories of his

Saw’s BBQ, Alabama cooking at its best

alabama barbacue saw'sAlabama is a barbecue lovers heaven. In the small neighborhood of Homewood just out side of Birmingham, there is an unassuming little place called Saw’s, short for “sorry ass Wilson’s after the owner Mike Wilson, where I had the best …

Iron Bowl Alabama- Auburn football game, it’s all about the fans

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alabama football fanBirmingham Alabama; The Alabama Auburn football game was quite a spectacle. Over 100,000 fans packed into the stadium. It was cold and loud and I loved every second of it. The Fans are really into football here in Birmingham, I …

Where to stay in Santiago Chile, Meridiano Sur Petit Hotel.

hotel meridiano santiago chileI stayed in the Meridiano Sur, Petit Hotel for two nights last week in Santiago. Located in Providencia, the heart of a cool section of the city with plenty of street life and restaurants. It is only two blocks from …

Casa Lapostolle Vineyard and Winery Chile


casa lapostolle winery vinyard chile travelI have always loved the wines of Lapostolle and now that I have had the chance to visit their vineyard in Chile I am even more of a fan. They are 100% organic, have built a gravity fed winery unique …

Santiago Chile and the Gorda Completa-Full Fat Hot Dog Extravaganza

gorda completa full fat hot dog sandwich santiago chileI am traveling to Chile next week and am thrilled to be going back. I have unfinished business there, the Gorda Completa. During my last trip I only had time for a quick walk around Santiago and grabbed this shot. …

The Best Octopus in Santiago de Compostela Spain. O Celme do Caraco

I ate a lot of Octopus in Santiago last week; Boiled in a copper pot, served in chunks on wood, Grilled and Sliced thin on slate with olive oil, adorned with molecular foam, and wrapped in a small delicate empanada …

Drinking Mexico

drinking at a bar in mexico
This is a true story. Some years back I was photographing at the market in Merida, in the Yucatan, Mexico.I had sat down to eat a few tacos and made the acquaintance of three gentlemen: The taco stand owner, …

To See or Not to See

legless man snifing glue Plaza Botero in Medellin Colombia
In the Plaza Botero in Medellin Colombia, a half man levers his way across my my field of vision and I instinctively shoot his photograph. I feel guilty, I am scared of him. I tell my self it is my …