Monday, November 30, 2009

Photo Essay: Holiday Travel

Traveling during the holiday season can be stressful. Michael Marino and his father look at the departure schedule in Philadelphia's airport to make sure the flight is on time.

Next step: security. Luckily there was not a long line at the airport to get through security.

Once through security, Michael made it just on time for boarding. Everyone awaits take off.

Michael safely arrived in Jacksonville, FL. Finally off of the plane and heading towards the exit.

Michael waits for the elevator in the parking garage to head to his car.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Photo Illustrations

This photo was edited in Photoshop. I did a lot of changes with the coloring and made it more saturated and vibrant.

I also edited this photo in Photoshop by using the liquify filter. I thought it made the building look like it was melting.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


This in-class assignment dealt with choosing a word out of a hat and portraying it in photos.

The word Alaina Cordes, JD Bray and I chose was loneliness.

Here are our depictions of loneliness.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fashion Photos

Marie Yamane-Peralta is a student a Flagler College. She has done some modeling and a runway show for local shops in St. Augustine. I wanted her to stand out in the photos, so she wore bright colors and the backgrounds were more neutral. Thanks so much Marie for doing such a wonderful job!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Issue Photos

Renovating historic buildings and houses in St. Augustine is a time consuming process, which is one of the reasons why it is difficult to get renovations done. The state the economy is in now doesn’t help to speed up the process either. According to Billy Triay, the property management supervisor of Heritage Tourism, when renovating a building you have to put all the work and time into it and you can not take weeks off or months in between. Otherwise, you will have to start the process over again. You have to get on it and stay on it.

Triay would love to get some more renovations done before St. Augustine’s 450th Celebration, but there is a need for funding. Sponsors are always an option, but people are not always fond of donating to the government. JD Bray and I went on a tour around town with Billy Triay to learn about the history and renovations of the city-owned buildings and about the difficulties that are involved in the process.

The De Mesa/Sanchez House is an example of a successful First Spanish Period renovation. Triay said this was the biggest restoration project the city has seen. The house finished restoration in 1974.

One of Triay's major concerns is attracting the younger generation to St. Augustine. The Spanish Quarter is one of the city's major concerns due to its neglect and it's decaying area. The buildings now run at a annual deficit of $250,000, partially, Triay says, due to the lack of innovative programs for tourists.

Triay looks at one of the buildings of the Colonial Spanish Quarter. Because the building is constructed with wood, it is more susceptible to damage from weather. The lack of glass windows allows water to seep inside.

These houses were built in the late 1800s. There are signs of Greek architecture, but there is not much proof to back this up. The exterior of these houses are in need of some work, and in this case the tenants are responsible for the renovations.

The Watson House is on the list of top priorities when it comes to renovations. Built in 1968, this house is in need of some serious work. It is stable right now, but for only so long. It is a priority because they have tenants renting out the house and the house needs to be in a suitable condition to keep the tenants safe and pleased. It will also be a financial loss for the city if the house is not renovated soon because they will not be able to rent the house out to anyone.

A closer look at the deteriorating conditions of the Watson House. Shingles are falling off, paint is chipping and wood is rotting.

Billy Triay shows us how hollow the foundation of the Watson House’s foundation is and how much work the balcony on the house needs.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen speaks to Flagler College students and professors in the Flagler Room and gives students some information about graduate school at Florida State University.

Night Photos

William Andersen, 23, sitting out on his patio by the pool.

Leeza Crounse, 20, leaving the Tasting Room after an enjoyable night out.

Will and Leeza at the Tasting Room in downtown St. Augustine.