Monthly Archives: June 2014

“Love…So Many People Use Your Name In Vain.”

I’m always wary when I hear the word ‘love’ thrown around these days. People love their new car. They love tv shows. They love their pets. I don’t think it’s wrong to say those things, I simply believe that there are varying degrees with which we can like something or someone.

Those feelings can be split into all kinds of emotions: enjoyment, appreciation, affection, respect, etc, all of which can sometimes be substituted with the word love due to time constraints or incorrect use of the English language. It’s no one’s fault, it’s just easier to do. ‘Love ya girl!’, ‘I love this song’ being perfect examples. 

 

(photo: Fidel Amos)

(photo: Fidel Amos)

Even with all the in-vain ‘love’ usage, I thoroughly enjoy when I happen upon true love randomly. It doesn’t need boisterous words. It doesn’t need to be scripted, planned or pondered.

It simply IS.

– F

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“Give Me Your Poor And Tired…”

One of the beauties of being a photographer is being able to bring awareness to a certain subject matter via photographs.

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NYC (photo: Fidel Amos)

Years ago when I was first starting out, I used to do just that in the worlds of fashion, weddings and red carpet events. Somewhere along the way I realized that high society was not as ‘need to know’ as the everyday goings ons of life around me. People already knew about celebrities, they knew about money and cars and designer couture.

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BOSTON (photo: Fidel Amos)

What I wanted to show my friends, family and followers was not something they had already drowned in visually thanks to modern day media…but something they had never seen before. At the very least, I could show them more of the things they had only seen a little of.

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NYC (photo: Fidel Amos)

This began my career as what I like to call a ‘life photographer’.

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DELHI (photo: Fidel Amos)

The series of photos displayed in this blog entry serve as a small example of a particular part of every day life. They show the unfortunate living conditions of so many of our world’s homeless.

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NYC (photo: Fidel Amos)

Taken in different cities across the globe, they show that those in need are everywhere. There are hundreds of organizations and websites that you can look into regarding how to help these individuals, one of my favorite locations for information is www.JustGive.org, where they break down in a nutshell multiple ways to help.

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NYC (photo: Fidel Amos)

(www.justgive.org/donations/help-homeless)

– F

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“A Person In The Darkness…”

Sometimes when I’m out and about late at night in New York City, I’ll come across a patch of darkness in the middle of the blinding lights of the city.

Most of the time there’s nothing there, just darkness…but every so often there’s a person in the darkness.

(photo: Fidel Amos)

(photo: Fidel Amos)

Depending on the depth of the darkness and the distance between yourself and that person, it can sometimes seem impossible to tell if the person is coming or going…or BOTH.

It’s during that exact fraction of a second that my skin begins to crawl.

– F

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“No Sleep Til…”

Sleep…it seems like such a simple thing.

You get tired, you lay down, you close your eyes and eventually it comes.

For many New Yorkers however, sleep is a  luxury not so easily  afforded. There is so much to see and do in the Big Apple and so little time to do it all. Work gets in the way. Family gets in the way. The everyday responsibilities that end up taking longer than usual get in the way.

So you sleep where you can, when you can…sometimes even on a subway bench.

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(photo: Fidel Amos)

Perhaps that’s why they call this the city that never sleeps…

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“When In India…”

They say “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”…a saying I’ve tried to adhere to in every city in every country I’ve ever visited. To truly experience a culture (especially as a  photographer) one must allow oneself to become immersed entirely, to try new things, to fit in.

Often times in my travels I’ve noticed foreigners in other countries acting like, well, foreigners. More specifically I see Americans abroad complaining that it’s too hot, or too cold, or too dirty. They walk around upset because they can’t find a McDonald’s, Burger King or Budweiser. In my opinion, finding myself in a country lacking the “comforts of home” is exactly the reason I went to that country in the first place! Tasting the local cuisine, walking the streets and soaking up the essences that make that particular country what it is…that’s what traveling is all about.

…and that is exactly why on assignment in Delhi, India, I found myself meditating, yoga style, for the first time ever.

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I can’t wait to go back.

– F

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