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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

LEICA LOUNGE: with Josh Ritchie | Thurs, Jan. 4, 2018 | 7pm - 8:30pm in Coral Gables

Free Event


Join us in the Leica Lounge on Thursday, January 4, 2018 with portrait photographer Josh Ritchie. Josh will give a presentation about his work and his use of location lighting in his assignments. 
The Leica Lounge is a lecture series hosted by Leica Store Miami which features presentations by local photographers, editors, gallerists and educators. Held monthly, these free events are designed to create and inspire the local photography community through sharing images and exchanging ideas.
The Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.



About Josh:
 
A long time ago in a tiny Pennsylvania town Josh Ritchie first graced the world with his presence, well depending on who you ask (insert his wife’s eye roll here). After spending his childhood skinning his knees, building forts, and listening to punk rock he discovered the world of photography. At first he thought his love of sharks would make him the next Jaques Cousteau. Then he thought shooting still life was the way to go.

He quickly realized that meeting new people and seeing new places was where it was at. His new-found love lead him to newsrooms around the country photographing the human condition. One day, after months of convincing fiancee he knew what he was doing, Josh shook off his fears, quit his staff job and made the leap into freelance. He packed up his life, the woman who became his wife, and his pet lizard, and moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. It was the best decision of his career. Now he works with top clients like Apple Inc, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and Target producing commercial portraiture as well as narratives that help move their brands forward. He also is member of the faculty at The Eddie Adams Workshop.
When he isn’t working he can be found thinking he is a rock while playing the ukulele, and waving his Terrible Towel as if his life depended on it. He also loves telling dad jokes much to the chagrin of his wife and two daughters.

Click here to see more of Josh's work.


Friday, November 24, 2017

PEAK DESIGN: Black Friday Up to 25% off thru Monday!

Black Friday Sale Details
Thursday Nov. 23rd through Monday Nov. 27th
25% off all Everyday Messengers
15% off all Clips, Straps, Pouches, Accessories
10% off other Everyday BagsSHOP NOW

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Peak Design's 5-day Kickstarter is coming to an end

Peak Design's 5-day Kickstarter is coming to an end so I'm helping them get the word out one final time. As a reminder, you can use my affiliate link below.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peak-design/1567916997?ref=9t517z
Peak Design's 5-day Kickstarter is coming to an end so I'm helping them get the word out one final time. As a reminder, you can use my affiliate link below.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peak-design/1567916997?ref=9t517z
Heidi is our in-house General Counsel, and she's got pipes galore. When she started this photo shoot her shirt had sleeves. But the sun was out, and well, you know the expression. She's modeling our new Slide Lite strap in Ash.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Leica Lounge with Silvia Lizama | Thurs, Nov 9, 2017 | 7pm - 8:30pm

Free Event

Join us in the Leica Lounge on Thursday, November 9, 2017 with fine art photographer Silvia Lizama. Silvia will give a presentation showing how a lifetime of influences has impacted her image making process. She will show different bodies of work, talk about the inspirations behind the work and finally give brief presentation on how she hand colors her black and white photographs.
The Leica Lounge is a lecture series hosted by Leica Store Miami which features presentations by local photographers, editors, gallerists and educators. Held monthly, these free events are designed to create and inspire the local photography community through sharing images and exchanging ideas.
The Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.
About Silvia:
Silvia Lizama was born in Cuba and moved to South Florida in 1960. She received her BFA degree from Barry University where she is now Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Having exhibited locally since 1978, her work has gained national and international attention and has been included in prestigious exhibitions and collections. She has been awarded the Southern Arts Federation/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Grant (1993), as well as the South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant in 1992 and 2015.


Artist Statement:
Our daily lives are full of stress, anxiety and pressure. There’s never enough time to do the things we must do, much less time to do the things we would like to do. How often do we take a moment, to really look around, to see what’s in front of us, to see what’s in the shadows; to see the special places. Sometimes I do take the time. Sometimes I push everything else away and just look. Sometimes I’m even lucky enough to have my camera with me.
I have been photographing my world for over 40 years. I have been fortunate throughout my life time to have been able to travel to exotic places in Latin America and Europe, as well as my own neighborhood, capturing images with my camera along the way.
My images were captured in black and white film using a medium format camera or more recently digitally captured and printed in a traditional darkroom using gelatin silver paper. After printing the images I hand colored the surface with photographic oils. The carefully applied coloring makes each image unique, adds to the fictional quality and hopefully makes real the world I witness.
Click here to see more of Silvia's work.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Visualize and be Ready Before the Moment

Thursday night I had the honor of being inducted in the Immaculata La Salle High School
Sports Hall of Fame. I was the special teams captain with football players mostly bigger than me.

After a 1975 LaSalle vs. Belen football game, a Miami News sports story quoted our team's quarterback, Bill StPierre, as saying “visualizing changes reactions into reflexes and helps to do things quicker and better.”

Visualizing is a technique I use every day as a photojournalist. Just like I would anticipate the ball carriers movements for a tackle back in the 70’s. Today, visualizing helps me prepare and be ready before the moment. I visualize and place myself in a position to capture the light, the emotion, the movement and composition all colliding in a split second for the decisive moment to tell a compelling story in a single photograph.

In the article Bill describes this technique and what is happening in my head for the last 40 + years, "like a moving picture in slow motion.”

We learned to visualize from our football coaches Carmen Grosso, Denise Hackett and Van Parsons at practice everyday,

I’m forever grateful for what I learned on the football field and how ILS prepared me for success in life.