NatGeo’s Planet or Plastic Photo Exhibition

I believe photography can be an instrument for positive change in the world. With that in mind, I submitted this image to National Geographic for their Planet or Plastic photo competition, part of Natgeo’s multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis.

I’m grateful that it was one of only 25 photographs selected from over 13,000 submissions for the Planet or Plastic exhibition at Photofest, an international photography festival held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We decided to attend and had a great time exploring the city, meeting NatGeo editors, staff and photographers. In keeping with the Planet or Plastic theme, the entire exhibition was displayed on cardboard kiosks that will be recycled. Amazing!!

Timucuan Parks Foundation Video Project

I’m excited to be partnering with the Timucuan Parks Foundation on a video for their 25th Anniversary exhibition at the Museum of Science and History.  I’ve been shooting drone footage for the last two weeks of some amazing environments in Duval County and will share the finished video with you once it is completed in late October. In the meantime, here are some stills from recent flights.  These include Round Marsh, Little Talbot Island, Hanna Park and Bird Lagoon near Big Talbot Island State Park.  Enjoy!

The Sublime Landscape | Praxis Gallery

I’m elated that Islet of Vila Franca has been juried into The Sublime Landscape at Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis! Praxis Gallery and Photographic Arts Center is a community based arts organization that aims to support the development of emerging and established photographers. Praxis Gallery provides solo and group show exhibition opportunities to local and international media artists. They hold several international juried competitions a year, and I’m proud to be included in their latest exhibition. 

Understand Photography Podcast

A big thanks to Peggy Farren of Understand Photography in Naples Florida for interviewing me on the subject of water photography. Capturing the beauty of the ocean is one of my favorite subjects, so I was super excited for the opportunity.  Peggy had seen some of my work on Instagram so she invited me down to Naples to record a video interview and podcast for her large online audience. We had a great discussion about my techniques for capturing images in the surf and I also shared some good tips on drone photography. I’m deeply grateful to Peggy and her assistant Heather for their interest in my work. Here is the full length video and the web page with more tips and info. 

Color 2019 | Southeast Center for Photography

Color is one of the most important and fascinating parts of photography for me so I decided to participate in a calls for entry at the prestigious SE Center of Photography in Greenville, South Carolina.  SE4P supports fine art photography with monthly calls for submission and juried exhibitions, so that local, national and international photographers of all skill levels have the opportunity to have their work presented and enjoyed by collectors, curators, enthusiasts, and colleagues. I’m honored that one of my recent street photographs from Morocco was selected for the show by juror Blue Mitchell. Here is a link to the  selected work that is currently on display in the main gallery through the end of August.


Chasing Waterfalls with Jacksonville Magazine

From Jacksonville Magazine: An hours drive from Jacksonville yields an unexpected oddity: Falling Creek Falls. The falls aren’t huge, plum­meting just ten feet over a lip of limestone and boulders at the bottom of a ravine. Falling Creek was the site of the first settlement in the area, and is easily accessible via an elevated boardwalk.  Photographer Tom Schifanella was drawn to the picturesque location by a roadside sign.  “After the summer after­noon thunderstorms, Falling Creek becomes a cascade of coffee colored water and foam,” he says. “Like a latte swirling in your cup, the falls churn the foam in a limestone saucer of eddies and whirlpools. The coffee color comes from the tannic acid of the decaying leaves lining the banks and swampy floor. I used a neutral density filter on the lens, which reduced the amount of light, and lengthened the exposure to eight seconds.  If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, Schifanella’s photo­graphic vocabulary runs very deep. 

NatGeo Traveler Publishes “Women of Galungan”

Grateful that NatGeo Traveler has published this image for their July/August 2019 issue. I was fortunate to document these women crowding into a temple during the annual ceremony of Galungan, which celebrates the return of Balinese gods and deified ancestors to Bali. The highly decorative baskets contain special offerings and gifts to the gods. 

National Geographic publishes “Morning Glide.”

I’m humbled that National Geographic Your shot has just published a recent photo I took called “Morning Glide” on both it’s Instagram page and website. I shot this image on July 1st, of local surfer Ross Loehr at the Mayport Poles. Even though the waves were small, the light was good and Ross was killing it on his new longboard.  I used a Salty Surf Housing and my Sony A6500 to capture the image. A link to the entire story and the other photography selected is here. 

Morocco Street Photography

We recently spent 2 weeks traveling through central and southern Morocco, taking in the fortified cites, ancient souks and desert landscapes of this beautiful country in North Africa.  Color and life abounds in the streets and we were warmly welcomed everywhere we went.  The shopping districts and souks are the lifeblood of commerce in Morocco and I used my camera to capture the energy and vitality of them.  The moment a camera is brought up to eye level, most Moroccans will avoid being photographed.  To get around this problem, I shot these images at waist level, simply pointing my wide angle lens at a scene and hoping for the best.  As I used this technique more, I became more comfortable with it and was able to quietly document the daily life of the people here. Enjoy!

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