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Barcelona – The Sagrada Familia

During the holidays, our family went to Barcelona for vacation. This was the first time I’ve been to Europe and I loved it. Barcelona is a magical city and every day was an adventure.

On the first day in the city, we went to see the Sagrada Familia church. I had previously watched a video about this church. It had been started in the 1880’s and still hasn’t been completed. The cathedral was the vision of one architect, Antoni Gaudí, who made this his life’s work. Sadly, anarchists after his death destroyed all of his models and some of the church itself. However, I could not imagine how fascinating and beautiful this church is.

Wikipedia Article on the Sagrada Familia

The church is like a puzzle game where you need to look at every detail to guess its meaning. It is a photographer and artist’s dream. So many beautiful, bizarre, and heartrending images that transform daily as the direction of the light and the season of the year change. You can understand why it is taking several lifetimes to create.

Here are a few of the photos I took of the Sagrada Familia. It’s much like the fable of the “Blind Men and the Elephant.” These are just brief glimpses of the church that cannot give you a sense of the whole experience. I suggest that this place, all by itself, is reason enough to travel more than 10,000 kilometers from home to experience.

The Nativity Facade

There are three distinct sections to the outside of the church. The Nativity Facade was the only one that the architect, Gaudi, completed in his lifetime. This facade includes realistic sculptures of plants, animals, and people. It celebrates the birth of Christ and life itself.

The North Tower

The North Tower

Upper North Wall

Upper North Wall

Sacred Family

Sacred Family

The Annunciation

The Annunciation

The Children

The Children

The Witnesses

The Witnesses

The Turkeys

The Turkeys

The Passion Facade

This side, facing the west and the setting sun, depicts the sins of mankind and the death of Christ. It was designed to be gaunt and brutal with deep chiaroscuro shadows and shapes. This facade was begun in the 1950’s and completed in the late 1980’s.

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The Passion

Veil of Veronica

Veil of Veronica

Crucifixion

Crucifixion

Station of the Cross

Station of the Cross

The Kiss

The Kiss

The Pigeon

The Pigeon

The third section of the church, the Glory Facade, is still under construction. Like the other two, it has a unique design all its own.

The Interior

The exterior does not prepare you for the glorious display of light and color in the interior.

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

Golden Glow

Golden Glow

Folds of Light

Folds of Light

The Sagrada Familia is truly incredible. It will undoubtedly be even more amazing when it is finally completed.

Best Photos of 2016 – and 2015

It’s a brand new year, and it’s time for a new start. Over the past couple of years, I’ve sadly neglected my photography arts while as I focused upon my game development work. The work I do is important. I’m trying to create a game that will inspire and enlighten many people. But Art, too, is important. Sharing Art is important as well.

Sharing art is a way of sharing love. Art is an expression of the emotion I feel when I see something beautiful. It is the thrill of going beyond what the camera shows to reveal what the mind sees.

My art is not just taking pretty pictures. A photograph becomes my canvas. Photoshop is my paintbrush.

These are the best pieces of art I’ve created over the past few years of my self-imposed seclusion.

People

Yosemite Western Artists Portrait Group has provided a wonderful opportunity to work with live models of all ages and style.

Valerie

Valerie – Gertrude School Model

Ballarina

Ballarina – Gertrude School Model

Reflections

Reflections – Gertrude School Model

Cosplay

Cosplay is the art of expressing oneself through costumes, makeup, and performance. It allows people to share their love of something they read or saw. They become part of the thing they love and make it their own.

SteamPunk Style

Steampunk Style – Comic Con 2015

Gambit

GambitComic Con 2015

Doctor

Doctor – Comic Con 2015

The Professor

The Professor – Comic Con 2015

Nature

Leaf on Snow

Leaf on Snow – Fish Camp 2016

Stellar Jay

Stellar Impression – Yosemite National Park 2016

Pelican Seas

Pelican Seas – Oceanside Pier 2016

Meerkat Disdain

Meerkat Disdain – San Diego Zoo 2016

Contemplation

Contemplation – San Diego Zoo 2016

My commitment for the new year is to be more expressive of the things that I love and the things I believe. Life is a marvelous and unique experience. It’s important to break away from the habits of the day to day existence. Go new places. Do new things. Create new art. Show the world who I am and what I care about. Share my love.

Hogsmeade Owl Post

Hogsmeade Owl Post – Universal Studios 2016

A Plethora of Portraits

Let’s start this year’s collection of photographic art with one of my favorite subject matters to photograph – the human face. Photography is not a flattering media for portraying people. The camera cannot capture the vision of the mind’s eye. It cannot capture the emotion of the moment of its capture or its subject matter. […]

Best of 2013

2013 was a busy year for me. I worked on my Hero-U game as designer, writer, and creative director. In between my various jobs, I kept up on my photography. As usual, people were my favorite subject matter. Here are my favorite photos of this past year. Nature The Begonia A Study in Stone Last […]

Spring Hopes

Here in the sunny California foothills, the wild flowers are blooming and spring is officially underway. I went out with the Yosemite Western Artists plein air group last Thursday to enjoy the cool morning and celebrate the all too fleeting colors of wild flowers and green growth. For all you who live where winter still […]

My Best of 2012

Last year was a great year for my photography career. I went to a photography workshop on Black and White photography by Harold Davis and Vincent Versace which gave me deeper appreciation for the artistry of B&W. I went to the Google+ Photography Conference where I met some extraordinary photographers and had the opportunity to […]