Los Columpios (The Swings) - Written by Roger Simeon Directed by Julián J. Mesri

Performers:
Gonzalo Bouza
María Cuartero
Nicole Betancourt

IATI Theater presents a story of a man and a woman avoiding what they must do: talk about themselves.
A man and a woman meet in a playground. What might seem like a chance meeting soon becomes fragmented dialogue of two people who know one another too well and who fear getting hurt. So they talk about everything and nothing in particular, anything to avoid talking about themselves or each other. 'Los Columpios' is an absurdist tragicomedy that delves into romantic relationships from a different perspective.

Another amazing work by Julian Mesri, you can still watch it until November 29th at the IATI Theater.

Enjoy some of the pictures I made for this production

The play has also being promoted using two of my pictures  in advance to the opening night. 

Matias Umpierrez in New York presenting his new DRAMAHome project

My dear friend and amazing artist Matias Umpierrez will be in New York once again. This time for an interview to talk about his theater projects, past and present at the "Martin E. Segal Theater Center". The event is on Monday, November 2nd at 6:30pm at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th AveNew York, New York 10016)

In June 2014 I had the opportunity to work with him in his "TeatroSOLO" (LONETheater) project making the photography required for the 4 of the 5 plays that were part of his work. This time he is also introducing a new project, "dramaHOME" I am really looking forward to know about.

Information about the event is at the official Martin E. Segal Theater Center website. Also, if you are in Facebook, please click here for the details of the event and RSPV.

These are some of the pictures I created for the production of LONETheater in his New York presentation

Exodus with Debbie Saivetz & Calaine Schafer (top left), Far with Lily Narbonne (top right), Witness with April Sweeney (bottom left) and Amnesia with Lindsey Liberatore (bottom right)

To see more of the photography work I have done for Matias's LONETheater project please go to my Behance Project site.

*To create pictures for your theater production please contact me by email at gustavo@gustavomirabilephoto.com

Yoleros won an Hola Award!!! and two of its actors, Modesto "Flako" Jimenez & Sully Bonnelly faced my lenses! How about that!

Awesome news, people!!!!!

Yoleros won the "Outstanding Achievement by an Ensemble" Hola Awards this week. Back a few months ago I had the incredible privilege to document Martin Balmaceda's "Yoleros" through my photography (see the whole shoot following this link: Yoleros Shoot).

Congratulations to Martin Balmaceda, Alex Vásquez Escaño and the rest of the cast!

Soon afterwards, two actors of this amazing cast, Modesto "Flako" Jimenez & Sully Bonnelly, couldn't wait to suffer me and my tyranny posing themselves in front of my lenses... and they survived (barely). So eventually they did it and yes, they lied to me and told me that they enjoyed the experience!

The pictures below show the reality of that day, I guess! I love you too guys!

See you soon.

Modesto "Flako" Jimenez in a moment I faired for my life! I would call this picture " J'accuse"

At the time when Sully gave up on me and fall forever in the chair. Hard to work with this guy. He wasn't even looking at me anymore... his eyes where on some model on TV. 

At the time when Sully gave up on me and fall forever in the chair. Hard to work with this guy. He wasn't even looking at me anymore... his eyes where on some model on TV. 

JOHN KEATLEY’S SURVIVAL GUIDE, EXPLORING AND DISCOVERING THE BUSINESS WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Sorry for the long tittle, but I couldn't find a shorter one to describe what was an amazing weekend learning the secrets of the photography business. The type of information we walked away with would take a long time to learn on our own. The "Survival Guide" workshop was given by John Keatley a photography genius and an artist I have long admired and followed. The workshop is run in collaboration with Nichelle Keatley, Keatley’s wife and Taylor Reed, Keatley's producer. It happened in St. Louis, Missouri in the amazing RGG Edu photography studio.

I traveled from New York City on a short 2 hour flight (+ the 40 minutes taxiing in La Guardia airport) to St Louis and from there to the hotel. We all met around 5:00pm at RGG Edu's, where we were greeted by our workshop hosts with a variety of drinks and snacks which led to a long table (last supper style) dinner. I can't remember where the vegetarian food came from but it was unbelievable (this coming from a shameless carnivore).

John started the Survival Guide with a nice introduction about himself and what motivated him to organize this workshop. I joined the photography community a few years ago, originally as an enthusiast, and later on as a serious contender in the market. I was gladly surprised by photographers' willingness to share knowledge in a way I haven't seen in any other profession. John Keatley was extremely open about his experience since he became an established photographer, from all its ups and downs to the bunch of follow-up questions we drilled him with.

To summarize the weekend, Saturday and Sunday was a series of lectures and hand-on exercises about bidding, marketing, legalities with the photography profession, and of course how to become a successful photographer by developing your own style. Nowadays the technology around photography has developed to an extent that it has become easier to get decent shots even with a cell phone. Professional photographers differentiate from the rest by being artists with their own style. That is the added value of what we sell as artists and that is what we have to promote to make a living within this industry.

On this note, I don't want to forget an incredible highlight during the workshop. John and Taylor took time do 1-to-1 portfolio reviews. For me the take-away from their critique was as important as the whole workshop. It gave me ideas, focus to fix my own work’s shortcomings and I look forward to a cleaner path for my career.

To end this blog entry I include Nichelle's thoughts in John's blog about the Survival Guide Workshop here.

Along with the rest of my colleagues and newfound friends I have deep gratitude towards John, Taylor and Nichelle for opening my eyes to the many aspects of the photography industry. This workshop is allowing me to focus more on the important things necessary to succeed from a business perspective while I pursue my art.

Below I included some of the pictures from the "Survival Guide" workshop by Mr. John Keatley

Finally, I would like to make an special mention about the ice cream served after dinner on Friday and during one of the breaks on Saturday! Amazing! Awesome! Thank you!

Kent - Crossing Path with Another Great Young Man

What do you do when you suppose to make pictures for a young person that, for sure, needs them, but at the same time you can't.

This is what happened when I went to make pictures for Kent Carter 

Last Sunday Kent and I meet to shoot. We were going to drive around the old Industrial Brooklyn and use it as our fashion shoot background. We just finished the first set nearby the Grand Street Bridge when we decided to go to another area. Packing everything back in the car, the wind suddenly blew off my light stand falling to the ground and breaking the only cold shoe I had to keep the flash in position within the soft box. No bid deal, I said. I needed to get back home to pick up another one,. I was just a few block away and we were not going to lose too much time.

We started to talk in the car, non stop. We got home and picked up the cold shoe for the flash. At that point I decided to change the area for the next shooting and I drove towards Williamsburg river front, nearby Bedford Ave. Station. We carried on talking. We arrived to the North 11th st and Berry St. where I was going to shoot the second set. At that point the conversation took a deep turn and I didn't want to stop it. I guess Kent didn't want to stop it either. It was hot outside, so I left the car engine running to continue having fresh air from the AC.

Kent is 22 and came directly from Atlanta to fulfill his dreams in the Big Apple. For more than two hours our conversation covered all the main subjects in life. We jump from what it was for him to grow in Atlanta, to what took him to come to New York. We discuss the past, the future and importantly as he said it, the present. We talked about how to keep focus on what we want, and how to achieve that focus through different means. Faith and meditation are his tools. We talked about love and the experiences we both have, he at his own age and me as a grown man. The time flew but we carried on talking. No waste of time at all.

That is the reason why the second set of pictures never happened. At the end, it was late and we both had other things to do. At the beginning I though, this is not good. I suppose to be a professional photographer doing my work for someone that needs it. However that day to me will be the day that I restore my faith in the young people. There are kids like Kent that live with a purpose. His story was deep in honesty, decency and strong will towards what it is coming. His early life wasn't easy for him. And we discuss that New York is not an easy city either. But he is clearly ready for the challenge. I hope him the best of lucks but he won't need it. He will make it well.

I am sure I am going to make the second, third and more set of pictures together. But most importantly, I hope, we going to carry on talking... and me, learning from a 22 years old man.

Gus

Ps. I guess that this blog is about photography and I forgot to mention that the pictures above are the three different versions I developed from one of the first set. More to come... watch this space!