Description Well here I was in beautiful Venice and I only had about six hours to capture something memorable. Everywhere the streets were packed with people with cameras. I knew I would end up with a canal and a gondola shot but I didn't just want to take the typical Venice image. I first let Venice effect me then I opened my eyes. My first two hours were spent just observing. I stopped on a bridge filled by people with cameras and looked at what they found interesting then I looked around to see what they could be missing. About five feet from the bridge and twelve feet above the water was the work of a mask maker. This image was filled with all the things I'm always looking for; color, texture and a story. Having only a normal lens I stretched out over the water to get as close to this scene as possible since I don't like to crop my images. This image was only a few feet from dozens of tourist that pass by hourly and no one stopped to see this gem in the rough.
Larry Costales, Lake Elsinore Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement A self taught photographer, I do actor head shots and portraits for money and fine art images for myself and love of the art. Due to my military duty that took me away from home on five year long tours, after 20 years I am still an undiscovered actor. No regrets, I even served one year in Kuwait as a contractor because I still felt a need to support our troops. I specialize in color and texture and while I was in Kuwait I expanded my art to include some people. I always try to capture some sort of mood or emotion in my images that I hope you notice and are effected by. A few of my images are first place award winners, others have yet to be submitted for competition. Please leave a comment and let me know what images you liked. If your a LA Dodger fan I can be seen on You Tube- 2007 commercials. Look for "Miracle Toast".