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Assistant Mike

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Assistant Mike

           Most people don’t realize the hardest working people on most projects are actually the assistants and interns. Their work behind the scenes is extremely vital to the daily operation of everything. From small tasks such as emailing customers to making sure a director has the right lens for a $75,000 camera system, they are seriously the most vital to any project. 

          I got to switch roles for the first time ever and be an assistant. I got a text from photographer Erica Dunlap (@arekahthegoddessphoto) to help assist her for a shoot. I didn’t even ask for any details and instantly texted back YES! I really admire her work and I knew I would learn so much working with her. We both recently worked on the “Wonderland” project together and the chemistry was amazing. Here’s a link to the Wonderland video. LINK

            I went in thinking it would be a breeze, but I did some serious working! From unloading the car, setting up and testing lights/strobes, making sure the lenses were clean, setting up the scenes, and packing all back up. I did all this all while taking behind the scenes video! Needless to say I was so dang tired! I learned a lot so it was worth all the back breaking work lol. Erica is an amazing photographer and her shoots are all about business. I’m thankful for the opportunity. 

 Its Erica!  

Its Erica!  

 All these bags!!  

All these bags!!  

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Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Road Trippin’!!!

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Road Trippin’!!!

          It’s been so long since I’ve been on a road trip! There’s nothing like packing up the car with friends and snacks and hitting the road. I was recently headed to South Carolina to do a shoot for a hotel, so I decided to make the road trip a part of the whole experience. I recruited the super, crazy dope Kim Thomas to tag along and we hit the road. Our plan was to hit the Smoky Mountains and explore a bit before arriving at our destination. Things didn’t go exactly to plan, but we have a great time either way!

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           First stop on the trip was Nashville. I know I have my little beef with the state capital, but I will at least say the city is very clean. I think eating off the ground isn't frowned upon at all in Nashville. The streets are literally that clean. Seriously, Memphis take some notes. Nashville also has an amazing skyline that’s even more impressive at night. Take more notes Memphis. Ok that’s about all the nice things I have to say about Nashville. That took a lot out of me. 

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           While in Nashville, I had to try some of this Nashville hot chicken that I’ve heard so much about. Hattie B’s recently opened a restaurant in Memphis that is ok but not great. I heard Prince’s chicken was way better, so we decided to give the a try. I will have a full review coming soon, but just know it was better than Hattie B’s. 

          We spent way longer in Nashville than we should have. I swore it was only an hour but we actually spent 3 whole hours there! We were totally off schedule for our Smoky Mountains plans. I really wanted the opportunity, so I might have gone a tad over the speed limit. Just a tad. Lol. We cruised into Knoxville and started to see those mountains we came for.  I was once told the Smokies weren’t mountains, but just big hills. Well when you’re from Memphis and you don’t have any mountains, big hills count! I really wanted to fly the drone but it’s illegal in national parks. I normally would do it anyways, but I didn’t want any issues in East Tennessee. 

           The plan was to go up a mountain and get a dope portrait. Well, things went from exciting to scary really quick. We go up a road and it goes from two lanes to 1 then just a narrow path. Keep in mind there are houses scattered all along this road. We went so far up that we both got scared because we were literally on the edge of the mountain with very little room for the car. We got out and took the pics we could. 

            We had to wrap up early because we both kept hearing some very strange noises in the trees. We are both city folk and any noise outside of dogs barking, ambulances and planes flying will spook the hell out of us. We jumped in the car and got off that mountain as fast as possible! 

            We arrived at the hotel late that night. I was so happy to finally arrive! What was supposed to be an 8 hour drive turned into 11 and a half! Needless to say, we were both beyond tired. But not too tired to take some bomb pics! Check out that lobby!!! 

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          This wraps up the first leg of the road trip. Stay tuned for more updates and the actual hotel stay itself.  

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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The Return to Crosstown

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The Return to Crosstown

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           After a lengthy hiatus, Maddy the Great and I returned to Crosstown! We were greeted by many well wishers and there was a ceremony in our honor welcoming us back. You totally had to be there. Ok, no one knew who the heck we were, but we walked in there like we owned the place! You gotta stunt on them every now and then so they remember who they are dealing with. 

             So why the hiatus? Well, Crosstown lost its flavor. I remember being one of the first to shoot in Crosstown and it was awesome, but then everybody started shooting in Crosstown. I mean everybody! Everyone’s work looked exactly the same and I’m no fan of being similar to other photogs. Every kid with a basic Canon or Nikon with a kit lens was doing $35 photoshoots there. I hate to be the old man, but it just really sucked. So we bounced to find other places to shoot.   

          What brought us back? Well those same kids with their T5s and D3300s have lost that same passion as well. It was also a pretty day out and Maddy loves the central atrium. I pretty much have no say so. If she wants to go, then we are going. So we brought the a7iii and one lens; the trusty Samyang 35mm f1.4. Here’s what we got! 

            I’m not sure if we will be coming back as regularly as we did before, but we really enjoyed it. Brought back lots of memories. I definitely remember what brought so many photographers to the building; that amazing natural light!! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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A Walk Around Mississippi University for Women

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A Walk Around Mississippi University for Women

            I recently got to take a quick road trip to Columbus, Mississippi for an event on the campus of Mississippi University of Women. I must admit this was my first trip to Columbus, Mississippi and I wasn’t really expecting much. The event was.....umm rather boring. I literally fell asleep and decided to take a little walk around the campus to burn some time. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The campus is absolutely beautiful and very well manicured. Shout out to the landscapers! I got lost on campus. No, I literally got lost and had to find my way back. Luckily I did make it back safe and sound. Here are some of the shots I took on my little adventure. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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When Bloggers Unite

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When Bloggers Unite

           I love when my fellow bloggers decide to collab and not compete! We all win in that situation. I've met some amazing people through this simple concept, especially the amazingly talented Kim Thomas (KPFusion.com). Recently she organized a blogger meet up at the uber luxurious Guesthouse at Graceland hotel. Not only were we awarded with an amazing tour of the grounds, but it allowed me to meet more bloggers in the city. I'm not sure if I enjoyed the hotel or people more; either way I truly loved the experience! 

            Of course I had my Sony camera handy and decided to turn the whole place into my own location shoot! I mean why wouldn't I take advantage of being in this fancy hotel!  

The Interior 

          If you're into interior design, you might go into overload. The Guesthouse at Graceland has some of the best I've ever seen. Admittedly, I'm not an interior designer, but I know nice things when I see them. Every piece has a subtle nod to Elvis Presley in some way. It's like a little scavenger hunt in each throughout. 

The Bloggers 

          I didn't get a chance to snap a pic of everyone in attendance because we were all pretty amazed by all the sites, but I did manage get a couple! Some I've previously known and a couple I had no clue even existed. A special shout out to Denzel Alexander for helping me step my fashion game up and Carmeon Hamilton of Nubi Interiors for showing me how to decorate a coffee table!  Both invaluable!  

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          If you get the chance, do yourself a favor and check out the Guesthouse at Graceland. You will definitely be amazed! Go see Charles at the Lobby Bar! He's literally one of the best bartenders in the city. If you know me, I try to stay as close to the bar as possible! Go check the Guesthouse website for upcoming shows, events, and other happenings. There's something for everyone here! I would like to once again thank Kim Thomas and the entire Guesthouse at Graceland staff for making this all possible. It's always great to showcase Memphis in a positive light and show how many awesome attractions we offer. Thanks everyone!! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B

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The Sunflowers Are In Bloom!!

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            Yes, it's that special time when the sunflowers are finally in bloom! I have a love hate situation with the sunflowers. I love seeing them but sometimes I hate the crowds they attract. I get it. Everyone loves them just as much as I do, but sometimes you just wanna enjoy some things by yourself. Luckily for me, I know of a little patch, which I won't give the location, where they are in full bloom! No they aren't in bloom at Shelby Farms just yet. Maddy and I packed the Sony a7iii, DJI Spark, and plenty of water! We even meet up with some awesome photog friends! Check out the video and pics!

 

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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Cordova Doesn’t Deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones

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Cordova Doesn’t Deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones

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            Yes I said it. Cordova, you really don’t deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones. Better yet, Jerry’s you’re way too good for Cordova. I know you’re wondering why I say this. Let me break this down for you. 

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          I never ever ever ever go to the burbs, but I recently made an adventure to Cordova to visit the new Jerry’s Sno Cones. It’s not that the new Jerry’s is not great -hell they have a sitting area- it’s the residents of Cordova that are the issue. In line I heard nothing but complaints from people getting sno cones after someone that ordered before and the long lines. I'm thinking to myself, "These are all normal Jerry's Sno Cone operating procedures." Try standing in 100 degree heat waiting for your Supreme John Deere amongst a crowd of 50 people. Cordova you'll never know that struggle. 

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          Jerry's, you're a Memphis treasure and way too good to be in Cordova. They will never appreciate you the way us nonsuburban dwellers do. We know the rules and have embraced them as law. Here's a potential new rule; You can't go to the new Jerry's without first going to the original location 3 times. I think that's fair. Maybe the residents of the burbs will come around and learn to enjoy their enclosed patio that the original doesn't have. Maybe they will chill out. Probably not, but we can all be hopeful. 

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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Trapping out the Bandos Vlog #1

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Trapping out the Bandos Vlog #1

           So I have a love for exploring and photography. I have recently gotten into making videos, specifically vlogging. I’ve tried before but I wasn’t very confident with my filmmaking and story telling. Now, I think I’m ready! Here’s goes nothing! 

          My latest vlog hanging with the amazingly talented Mia (@memorieswithmia) in an undisclosed abondined building! Check out the video and also Mia’s page! 

 

Shot it on my Sony a7iii with Samyang 35mm f1.4 AF

Life is for Living, 

Michael B

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A Random Walk in Midtown

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           Lately I’ve been walking and reflecting more. I think about life, what I might eat next week, or whether that’s a raccoon or a really big housecat staring at me. I don’t really plan these walks. They sort of just happen. This walk led me to Midtown; specifically Overton Square. 

         I must admit I don’t spend a great deal of time in Overton Square. It’s certainly changed from how I knew it growing up. Despite its changes, there’s still a charm to Overton Square you don’t find most places. There’s also some very random things lurking about.  

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           Not sure what the last pic is. Maybe a duck or stork? Who knows. Let’s just go with a bird of some sort. See if you can find this guy! It's near The Zebra Lounge. I love the random artsy things of Overton Square that usually go neglected. People are normally hurrying to a restaurant and overlook the little things like the Koi pond near Belly Acres. Honestly, it was my first time seeing them as well. 

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          Speaking of Belly Acres, I love the crop-duster protruding from the building. That's so cool and different. It seems totally out of place until you actually go inside. That interior is simply amazing. I wish they had movies on that huge wall of monitors. Now that would be dope. 

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          I can’t really recall what my thoughts were on this day. Maybe I should start taking notes lol. Well, I did enjoy my walk and that’s all that matters. What are some of your favorite spots on Overton Square? Favorites things to do? 

Life is for Living, 

Michael Butler  

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Meeting A Facebook Friend In Real Life

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Meeting A Facebook Friend In Real Life

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         Technology is crazy. Like seriously insane. I grew up in a time when I had a penpal that lived in Nova Scotia and waited days or weeks for a letter to respond to a question I asked. Now everyone is way more accessible and having a friend on the other side of the globe isn’t very far fetched. I’ve recently experienced the closeness technology brings us when I finally linked up with a Facebook friend, Stephan Tapley.  

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        I’ve know Stephan for quite some time. We met via a Facebook group dedicated to Sony cameras. He actually bought a lens from me. Every since then, we’ve talked pretty much everyday via Facebook Messenger comparing photography work; he’s amazing at capturing cars, but we’ve never met. Until recently on my trip to visit family in Georgia. 

          I told him I was coming into town and that we should try to link up. We were both pretty excited about it. We decided to explore a bit and ended up inside a home that was being built, which actually turned it to be a pretty dope place to shoot. He brought along a buddy Alex, who had a super sweet Honda Civic. 

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           It’s was literally hot as hell and we headed towards the AC of a spot called Freddy’s, which at least had good ice cream. I didn’t really eat due to going to a BBQ soon after the shoot. Stephan and Alex ate all their food, so I’m gonna assume it’s half decent lol. I took advantage of the nice lighting to create some bokeh! Bokeh is life people. Trust me on this. 

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        And that’s it! Stephan and Alex turned out to be super cool fellas. I’m so glad I got to finally meet Stephan in person. I got to see how he approaches his work. He’s just as particular as me. I love that he shoots entirely different from me and that we both got some great tips from each other. Definitely can’t wait to go back. Next time you’re wearing dress up clothes Stephan lol. I really appreciate the hospitality bro! 

Life is for Living,  

Michael B.  

Images by Stephan

 

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In Frame: Tori WhoDat

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           I like to think I have a pretty good ear for music. Especially hip hop music. I grew up in a time when we experienced some of the best music lyrically made; the late 90’s and early 2000s. It’s hard to top a time when Tupac, Biggie, OutKast, Jay Z, Nas, and TI were killing it on the mainstream level. You also had your more regional powerhouses in Three 6 Mafia, Talib Kweli, No Limit, Cash Money Records, Tech N9ne, and the group I feel was far ahead of their time, PM Dawn. That era of rap was everything.  I say all that to say; I have a thing for lyrically driven music. Enter Tori WhoDat. 

          She probably doesn’t remember but I first met Tori back in 2014. She was on stage at The New Daisy opening for some artist I can’t remember. My first thought was, “Who the hell is this little girl and why is she on stage?” Suddenly she spit a few lines and I was hooked. Not only was Tori wild as hell, she was lyrically gifted. They say never judge a book by its cover, right? Well, I did and ended up looking dumb. 

          Over the years, I’ve watched that skinny, wild kid jumping all over the stage grow into a skinny, focused and composed artist. The transformation is very evident. Most rappers get in their niche and never venture out, but Tori WhoDat has totally elevated herself musically and professionally. I last saw her not opening, but headlining at HiTone with Lil Wyte and Frayser Boy. Pretty good company to be involved with with based on their success and longevity. Honestly, I’m honored she still even knows my name.  

          With this shoot, I wanted to capture the essence of not only Tori WhoDat, but also Tori the person. We tend to get lost in our own personas at times and Gucci Mane said don’t get lost in the sauce. So who is Tori? Honestly, she’s one of the nicest and funniest people I know. Incredibly humble and appreciative, Tori the person is awesome. Tori WhoDat is the powerful, raw lyrical beast that’s packaged behind a those mysterious eyes. I dig the balance. It’s kinda like the Light and Dark side of the Force. I also love that Tori isn’t afraid to be herself in a world that doesn’t always welcome individuality. That’s definitely a sign of maturity and self love. 

          You owe it to yourself to check out the work of Tori WhoDat. I’m awaiting her release of “The Come Up”, a playlist from music from 2014 and 2015. Search Tori WhoDat everywhere! That’s on Facebook, SoundCloud, IG, Twitter, and YouTube. You’ll find more info about upcoming projects, music and updates. Drop a comment and let me know what you think. 

 

Shoot details: 

Camera: Sony a7ii 

Lens: Samyung 35mm f1.4 AF

Location: Somewhere in Memphis  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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The Trolleys Are Coming Back!

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       All images taken with Sony a7iii with Samyung 35mm F1.4 and can not be used without written consent. 

       Finally the Memphis trolleys are coming back! Downtown just hasn't been the same without them. I mean, how can you have Trolley Night without trolleys? Kinda defeats the purpose, but I digress. I saw a trolley in training while walking around exploring and got so excited! There's just something magical about the trolleys. They define my time living downtown. They were an alarm clock of sorts lol.

I remember my first trolley ride with my parents when I was about 11. I was so excited. I do remember it being an extremely hot Memphis summer day and little sister was being a pest. I still enjoyed that day. Partly because of the trolley, but also because we were downtown. I kinda have always had a thing for downtown Memphis.  

          I'm just glad to have them back and let's hope they don't catch on fire again! Are you excited about the trolleys coming back? Have any cool trolley story? Drop a comment. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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A Family Shoot at Crosstown

           Crosstown Concourse has pretty much become my second home lately. I’ve done countless shoots and visited the repurposed structure numerous times. I basically live there on the weekends. Whenever I’m approached by someone for photos, Crosstown is usually pretty high on their list for clients. When Quaneshia of According to Q blog contacted me about a family lifestyle shoot, I was all in! If I know anything about Quaneshia, it’s that when she does a shoot it’s for real and she already knows the looks she wants. Check out the dope tees they wore!

              I moved some furniture around to create a living room and then we rocked it. Everyone showed up ready and even the little one was a natural! Here’s a recap of the session. 

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Camera: Sony a7ii  

Lens: Sony FE 85mm, Zeiss 55mm and Sony 28mm

Flash: None

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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My first visit to The National Civil Rights Museum

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My first visit to The National Civil Rights Museum

          Yes, you read that correctly. At the age of 35, I took my first trip to The National Civil Rights Museum. Yes, I was born and raised in Memphis. I've been called Mr Memphis by several people, but this is one of the few places I haven't visited in my city. Why? I'm not entirely sure. I guess because I know a lot about that Civil Rights Movement from my dad protesting in his younger days or maybe because I didn't want a reminder that would potentially make me angry. 

          I decided to take a day off from work and visit. I owed it not only to myself, but to the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and all those who sacrificed so that I could write this blog today. I packed my camera just in case. I quickly found out, I need either a smaller walk around camera or a more compact lens 

          I enjoyed the experience but I will have to go back to fully take in the museum. I went during MLK50, the commemoration of 50 years passing since the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. The museum was very crowded and I felt a bit rushed. 

         I didn't leave the museum upset or angry. I actually left with more questions than answers. I wondered how people could treat others so badly based purely on skin color. How a person could live with themselves while treating others so terribly. To think, these were also "good, church going" people. 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

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Big KRIT at The New Daisy

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Big KRIT at The New Daisy

          Big KRIT is one of my favorite all time hip hop artists. He's country as hell, yet insanely lyrical; something Southern artists aren't necessarily known for. I prefer lyrics over beats, but KRIT gives me both as he not only rhymes; he also makes his own beats. I don't know if he's better as a producer or an MC. Either way, he's that dude. 

        KRIT performed at The New Daisy on Beale St to a sold out crowd. I've been to every single Big KRIT concert he's had in Memphis. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Last night I decided I wasn't bringing my camera and I would just enjoy the show. All I took was my iPhone 8 Plus. 

           Let's just say the iPhone 8 Plus showed up last night! If you can manually control it, the iPhone can take some amazing images. Not only that, it's so much lighter than my Sony a7ii with my huge lenses. It's not only good for photos. It takes amazing video!! 

           Shout out to the iPhone 8 Plus and a special shout out to Big KRIT! The show was amazing! I do love that you got on stage at a decent time!! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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In Frame: David Quarles Swag Personified

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In Frame: David Quarles Swag Personified

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           I do lots of photo shoots with lots of interesting people, but none have been as super crazy, dope as the shoot I did with David Quarles.  Not only is he a super fashionable brother, he’s also a jewelry maker and Zumba instructor. He’s basically one of the coolest people on earth. When David showed up in his colorful outfit, I was instantly intimidated. Not just because he was dripping in swag sauce(that’s totally a real thing), but because I knew instantly I needed to step up my clothing game fast!

          This was by far one of my favorite shoots. Mr Quarles not only knew what looks he wanted, but also was open to letting me pose him as well. Being completely comfortable in your own skin definitely helps when shooting with a client. Since this shoot, I’ve definitely stepped up my fashion game. A special thanks to David for that one. 

 

All images were taken with a Sony a7ii with Samyung 35mm f1.4 and edited on iPad Pro with Lightroom Mobile.  

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          You can check out more of David Quarles on IG @sancochin89 and also his jewelry line at @ivjd. 

 

Life is is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Urbex. Because Nothing Is Off Limits.

 Urbex Gear: Jacket - Ben Sherman | Sweater - Embraceyourinner | Jeans - Old Navy | Camera Strap - Brave Straps   photo cred: @aleksworks  

Urbex Gear: Jacket - Ben Sherman | Sweater - Embraceyourinner | Jeans - Old Navy | Camera Strap - Brave Straps

photo cred: @aleksworks 

         Some folks like a spa day. Some like a nice cold beer (I actually like that as well), but URBEX, short for urban exploration, is my preferred method of relaxation. Something about going into a bando or rooftop is a huge rush. Finding something new that no one else has seen before is incredibly addictive. I’m sure that’s exactly how the explorers from the past felt. They just never found the random homeless person or walked into a room with a few dogs that see you as lunch. 

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          I do it for “The Shot” mostly. All photogs know what that is. We are all trying to get that one dope shot so that Insta-fame goes up! Getting featured by a big IG account is addictive and also dangerous. Some push the limits for the shot and have lost their lives. So, always be safe and cautious. I tend to travel alone, but I also prefer to go with friends as well. Why? Who else is gonna take that dope ass shot of you?

           I’m not condoning breaking into places and vandalizing anything. I believe in being respectful and leaving places intact for other explorers. Keep in mind that going into some places is illegal and comes with a nice trespassing charge. Explore at your own risk. Stay safe and don’t forget your tripod!

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Disclaimer: All photos belong to www.one901.com and can not be used without written consent.  

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African Print Fashion Now Recap!

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           Recently, I was invited to attend Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s newest exhibit; African Print Fashion Now! : A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style. The exhibit comes right off the heels of the release of Marvel’s Black Panther movie as well as right in the middle of Black History Month. Basically everything Black is hot right now and I love it! While I must admit that I’m not the most well versed in the fashion world, though my friends say I dress like a hipster, I was blown away by this exhibit. I’ve seen African print in clothing before, but never to this level of design and detail. I would totally rock a few of the pieces designed for men. The African print bomber jacket will be mine!!

           The exbihit will run from February 24 - August 12, so you have plenty time to check out a truly unique and empowering offering from Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. I was told the exhibit bypassed Los Angeles and New York to come to Memphis first. That is major for the city! Go check it out and let me know how much you loved it!

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         These are just a small sample size of all the incredibly designed pieces on display. Check out some of the other exhibits Memphis Brooks Museum of Arts has on display. Also, head over to their www.brooksmuseum.org for other events and exhibits. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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New Orleans Architecture

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New Orleans Architecture

I recently made a visit to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. While the partying was insane, I wanted to do a bit more while in the Big Easy. So I took to the streets with my newly purchased Samyung/Rokinon 35mm F1.4 AF lens paired with my Sony a7ii camera. Before I go any further, I want to say this lens is an absolute beast and I'm so in love with the 35mm focal length.  

Ok I've gotten that out the way. I've been to Mardi Gras numerous times, but it's only been to party and come right back home. Seeing how I had a brand new lens, I decided to explore downtown New Orleans a bit. I quickly found out this city's architecture is simply amazing. Take a look at these images I captured. 

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I loved every minute of my urban exploration. I wish I had more time because everywhere I went in the city, I ran into someone that was extremely nice and talkative. I definitely plan to go back when there's less Mardi Gras action. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Urban Exploration in Downtown Memphis

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Urban Exploration in Downtown Memphis

Urban exploration, urbex, has become my therapy of choice lately. Just me, my camera, the city streets and my thoughts. I live a very busy life and I rarely take time for myself to unwind, so wandering around alleys and rooftops has become my outlet.  My mom always told me to stay out the streets, but I always end up back in them exploring. I guess I never listened. 

Disclaimer: All photos taken belong to one901 and can not be used in any way without consent.  

Had to get the legal ish out the way! Here's a photo tour of my adventure.

 The coolest door I've ever seen. The tones and detail are amazing!! 

The coolest door I've ever seen. The tones and detail are amazing!! 

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 All the way up! 

All the way up! 

Views of the Exchange Building. This was the very first rooftop I've ever been on. July of 2016. I just bought my camera and went to a photographer meet up. Best choice I made even though I was scared to death! God the photos from that day are terrible! Lol. Thank goodness for progression! 

Memphis it's an extremely beautiful city that really shines when you have the time to take in the details. Of course it looks boring from 240. You have to get out and get lost before you start to see the little things.   

 I honestly never took the time to look at the city's seal. There's a riverboat and cotton in there! Given Memphis' history, it makes sense. 

I honestly never took the time to look at the city's seal. There's a riverboat and cotton in there! Given Memphis' history, it makes sense. 

In all the times I've been in downtown Memphis, I've never in my life gone to City Hall. Ever! I kinda knew where it was, but never actual been close to the building. It definitely looks like it was built in the 60s or 70s. A refresh would be cool. Maybe with some cool exterior lighting. 

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 Front St traffic

Front St traffic

A quick stop by the Peanut Shoppe always brings back memories of my grandmother. She would ride the bus to Easy Way on Main and we would always stop by the Peanut Shoppe. My dad would also take me there each time we were downtown and buy us rock candy. Great great memories. 

 I love the framing on this a lot!!  

I love the framing on this a lot!!  

By this time I was hungry and lost in thoughts. What was I thinking? I honestly don't remember but it was more than likely about my life in general. This is where I put the camera down and just enjoyed the day. Can't always snap pics. 

So what did I learn on this day? Always look both ways before crossing the street. I was almost hit a couple times.  

 RIP Eric   

RIP Eric   

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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