The Best Of Monochromia – Mario Gervais – St. Paul West

Black And White Photography, Mario, Meho, Photography

Many of you might remember Meho Jarvis better known by his real name Mario Gervais. Mario was instrumental in getting Monochromia up and running and is a true friend to me. Whatever name he wants to use it fine by me because I will always consider him an extremely talented photographer as well as great web page designer – Joe


Montréal – ISO100 – F2.8 – 1/60 – GIMP and G’MIC

Taken in Montréal, Québec, in April 2014.

I like the heavy urban presence here. Unmovable concrete, bricks and windows. Then we see in the middle of this stopped urban scenery two individuals following the one way.

Groundhog Day


Woodstock IL May 17, 2012 1/200 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100, 55 mm

For an explanation of the title, as well as a color version of the same image, please visit Photos By Emilio

Air Cooled

Emilio, Photography


On Route 66, just outside of Kingman AZ where summer daytime highs reach above 90 °F (32 °C) frequently, but rarely exceed 107 °F (42 °C). It’s nice to have old time air cooling. Just throw open a window and watch the curtains stand tall and firm whenever a breeze refuses to blow.

Please stop by Photos By Emilio to see more of my images. Sometimes in color!

Burnt Offerings

Emilio, Photography
Burnt Offerings


I have no funny stories to go along with this photo. On our way home from a family gathering in 2012, we came across a deserted town. The town was Geneva in either Iowa or Idaho. I think it was Idaho. But three days of driving left both of us a bit weary. We never really knew which state we were driving through.

I just want to wish every one a happy holiday time with family, with friends, alone. Whoever you are, where ever you are, make the best of it and smile!

Between now and the first of the year I will be re-posting a few old images on my personal blog, Photos By Emilio, that some of you might have missed. Please visit and leave a smile! Photos By Emilio is now just thirteen months old!


Haunts of the Rich and Famous

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography

Haunted Storefront

 For a high res split tone version, please click on the image

(Though the following history of the property is quoted directly from Wikipedia, it is definitely interesting and worth reading.)

Lake Las Vegas is a 320-acre man made lake surrounded by 3,592 acres developed by 5 companies.

When first opened in 2003, the area included several hotels and casinos including the Monte Lago Village Resort, the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, the Hilton Lake Las Vegas, and Casino MonteLago.

Lake at Las Vegas Joint Venture, LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 17, 2008. Debts were estimated at between $500 million and $1 billion.

Lake Las Vegas emerged from bankruptcy in July 2010. The creditors have filed a lawsuit against the former insiders. In a related action, resort property owners are suing lender Credit Suisse as part of a multi-billion dollar lawsuit claiming the bankruptcy was caused by a scheme between the bank and resort developers.

The golf course was purchased by Nevada South Shore LLC, a Hawaii based corporation for $4.5 million on February 17, 2011.

The Ritz Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, closed after 8 years of operation on May 2, 2010.

The former Ritz Carlton was reopened on February 11, 2011. The property was renamed Ravella at Lake Las Vegas. On April 30, 2013, Kam Sang Co. announced that the Ravella would be renamed the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. The Hilton opened June 6, 2013. The casino closed in October 2013, as a result of a lease dispute between Kam Sang and the casino’s operators.  

From a review dated October 18, 2014:
“Ghost Town”
The golf course is closed, the casino is closed (“seeking a buyer”), the village is eerie and empty. There are “For Sale” signs on several properties around the area. Everything shut down when the economy crashed in 2008. Will not return any time soon.