Miriam Webster defines an oasis as a “fertile or green area in an arid region (as a desert); something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast.” Pleasant contrast is how I would describe the design and architecture of a new addition to the ultra luxury hotel chain Aman. Small, secluded and designed for personal pampering, Aman Resorts delight discriminating travelers who are looking to escape.
Having experienced their flagship property, Amanpuri in Phuket, Thailand a few years ago, I knew the resort in the middle of the Utah desert would indeed be an oasis. That is, if we could find the hotel. (more…)
Top Chef contestant Richard Blais has opened his third restaurant in Atlanta. The first two are both called FLIP and are both gourmet burger boutiques. His newest restaurant is called HD1 and serves gourmet “Haute Dogs.”
We needed to make a dry-run to the rental car center at Hartsfield International Airport to be sure driving instructions were correct for several folk who are coming to town this week. On the way back (more…)
Ever since I started this blog several months ago, I have occasionally been asked what kind of photography I do professionally. Considering how varied some of that work is, I thought I would take this opportunity to show you some of the photos I recently shot on assignments.
Greystone Properties, one of the largest management companies in the U.S., asked me to shoot (more…)
No trip to Asia would be complete without visiting some of the local temples. Any trip to a foreign land should include experiencing the local culture and Southeast Asia has plenty (more…)
Do you remember your first love? How about your second? Remember how you would lie in bed thinking about what exciting adventure tomorrow would bring? How you couldn’t wait to see that person again. It didn’t even matter how you spent your time with each other. It was the chemistry and the magical feeling you had, just being with that special someone.
Love doesn’t apply only to people. Most people love their pets. Some people love to sing. Others love (more…)
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was recently asked to accompany a group of corporate executives to New York where they would ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. I was documenting the trip and helping to make it as much fun as possible.
It was quite an amazing experience being on the floor of the Stock Exchange. The history, energy, and hundreds of millions of dollars that are made and lost every day was a thrilling experience for me. I was not allowed to use flash (more…)
On a steamy August Saturday night in Atlanta, what would be better than some spicy Southwestern food to help counteract the dog days of summer? On this evening we decided to pay a visit to Nava, one of the Buckhead Life Group restaurants. I was a little suspect of how one could make a liquid cocktail described as a Jalapeno Margarita taste spicy. Believe me, someone figured it out. So far we were off to a great start that evening.
Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I’m a sucker for lobster. If it’s on the menu, it’s on my table. That evening it arrived in the form of an appetizer. (more…)
One of my first impressions of the people of Vietnam was that they were mostly very hard working people who often make little money yet remain cheerful and friendly. They seem happy to take on tasks that Westerners would typically scoff at. Talent, ingenuity and a little love were evident in many of the details I saw while visiting their country.
The edible garnishes were simply awesome! Keep in mind that each and every dish served at this restaurant in Hoi An was accompanied by (more…)
On a recent photo tour of Bangkok and Vietnam, I decided to spend some time capturing the beauty of the area through the faces of its inhabitants. I found the people to be very friendly and accommodating.
Having only spent two weeks in Southeast Asia, I had little time to get to know any single person but generally speaking the people seemed to be happy and hard working. (more…)
When the temperature reaches 104 in Times Square and the sidewalks measure 147 degrees of heat radiating up in your face, outdoors is really not the place to be. On a recent trip to New York City, the heat was so intense that any respite from it was indeed welcome. Unfortunately all too many of the taxis in NYC don’t exactly offer much in the way of air conditioning.
The main focus for this trip was shooting photos of the group I was accompanying as they rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Most of the three day program was indoors so the temperature (more…)
Traveling the world provides us with educational experiences that are quite simply impossible to gain from any other venue, classroom or university. Our senses absorb the sights, sounds, tastes and smells.
We touch and feel things we have never experienced before. We interact with people in ways that are new to us. (more…)
Transportation in Southeast Asia is just a bit different then most other places in the world. The average income is comparatively low and paved streets are often few and far between. Stretching the dollar has been raised to an art form in Asia so the least expensive means of getting from point A to point B is the norm.
Two wheeled vehicles are by far the most popular form of transportation. (more…)
Today’s NOLA, as it’s called, (New Orleans, LA) is a hybrid of ancient French Quarter architecture still intact, Louisiana culture and cutting edge gastronomy. Several award winning chefs and published cookbook authors call New Orleans home, and serve up amazing food (more…)
As a photographer, the Fourth of July usually presents a once-a-year photo opportunity for shots of fireworks bursting in the nighttime sky. Depending upon where I have traveled to each year, there might be an iconic structure in the foreground or I’ll catch the fireworks reflected in a glass building. As is true with any outdoor photography, Mother Nature always plays a part and this year she has chosen to literally rain on our parade.
Since I am at home in Atlanta for Independence Day this year, and since my idea of a fine Fourth of July doesn’t involve a hundred thousand people who are soaking wet (me being one of them), I’ve decided to stay at home and prepare my own fireworks in the kitchen. (more…)
An attempt has been made to breathe new life into the downtown area with the construction of a new baseball stadium, convention center, and a new bridge across the Maumee River. I was, however, able to seek some solace in the food. (more…)
It is so refreshing to see a city as vibrant and full of life as New York renew itself and remain the center of the universe from so many perspectives. The restaurants are cutting edge, technology is invented and some of the most creative minds in the world live there. As the world’s population increases and demographics shift, New York has done a wonderful job of going with the flow, instead of trying to swim up stream like so many other cities do.
Chelsea and the Meat Packing District are prime examples. It wasn’t long ago that Chelsea was anything but (more…)
It was lunch time in The City and the rush was on for a seat in the deli. This may not have been the most attractive presentation of any meal I have eaten, but it was my first time at Carnegie Deli and I was jumping in with both feet. A classic Reuben sandwich. Two pieces of rye bread, what had to have been nearly an entire pound of corned beef, sauerkraut and plenty of Swiss cheese melted over the top with Russian dressing on the side. I had always heard that the sandwiches are large enough to split, but I had no idea this single sandwich, served open face, would cover an entire dinner plate.
The corned been was so tender you could cut it with a fork. The flavors were amazing. Now I know what all the fuss (more…)
One of the problems with being a photographer and traveling to a specific location with a particular shot in mind is that you either have to do a lot of homework to insure that the scene you shoot will be what you want it to be, or play a little Russian roulette. I was in NYC in February for just one night and I wanted to shoot the downtown Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn, shooting across the East River with the Brooklyn Bridge in the frame. Sadly, on the one night I was in town, it rained.
I was unexpectedly back in New York again a few weeks ago. Ah ha! Another chance for that shot. I was staying in a downtown hotel which would be close by, the weather was supposed to be perfect, but something (more…)
I typically don’t recommend restaurants. Too many times I have returned to a restaurant where I had a fantastic meal in an effort to duplicate the experience, only to be disappointed with the second visit. Everyone’s restaurant expectations are different. However, my visit to Berns Steak House in Tampa, went way beyond even my level of expectation, and those who know me know that my standards are extremely high.
Bern’s has absolutely no curb appeal, looking like an old warehouse on drive-up. One step through the doors (more…)