Unenlightened

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography

“All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.” ~ Pat Paulsen

Why do I have such a fascination with graffiti?

It all started with my son.

When he was 4 years old he showed us a picture of Mickey Mouse that he said he drew. We basically called him a liar so he sat us down and drew Mickey again by first looking at a comic book, then drawing what he saw. When he was 11, a drawing he did of Batman was published in a comics industry newspaper. In junior high, he was caught vandalizing the local high school with his “tag” (his graffiti signature).

Some 20 odd years later, he has been commissioned to decorate store windows and also the exterior wall of the local pizza parlor’s parking lot. I’m very proud of him.

I think the people who practice graffiti are true artists. I love seeing their creativity. I even get enjoyment from the intricate “tags” they use. Unfortunately, the artist above did not tag his/her creation or I would have given him/her credit.

This photo was taken in 2015 in the Arts District of Las Vegas, where the artwork changes almost on a daily basis. This piece no longer exists.

New York Skyline

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New York New York
October 15, 2016

OK, so it’s not really the New York skyline. It’s the New York New York Hotel and Casino skyline in Las Vegas NV.

But it will have to do!

Wednesday Morning 3 A. M.

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography
Las Vegas Design Center  December 3, 2016  6:08 am

Las Vegas Design Center
December 3, 2016
6:08 am

The above image was shot on Saturday morning, 6 am, not Wednesday morning, 3 am. Obviously, I had no title for this image. But I vaguely remembered this Paul Simon song title and thought it would fit. Absolutely no one was around when I took this shot, probably because it was only 36 degrees with about 25 mph winds. And I had no gloves. See what I do for my art? If anyone does think of an appropriate title, please let me know!

“…¬†Yet I know as I gaze
At my young love beside me
The morning is just a few hours away.”

Paul Simon

Treasure Island

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Treasure Island Hotel and Casino Detail Las Vegas NV October 15, 2016

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
Detail
Las Vegas NV
October 15, 2016

Nothing better to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon than go down to the strip and practice street photography. I got sidetracked and took mostly shots of buildings.

Sam’s Town

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography
Mystic Falls the glass-roofed atrium inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall Las Vegas, NV

Mystic Falls
the glass-roofed atrium inside Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
Las Vegas, NV