Sunday, December 31, 2017

Darbe Images: My Favorite Photos of 2017

Two thousand and seventeen was a whopper of a year. Things are really Trumped up right now. We can't say goodbye soon enough it seems.

Though, I actually had a splendid go at it in 2017. I moved again, for the first time in about 7 years. Love the new place! I went over 1K followers on Instagram for the first time. A small but proud accomplishment. Meeting John Paul Pitts(Singer - Surfer Blood), Mayim Bialik(actress - Big Bang Theory) and Colin Kaepernick(NFL quarterback and activist) was pretty cool. I had the pleasure of meeting Colin twice this year actually. This was especially gratifying. I've been a fervent supporter of his protest of police brutality against blacks in the U.S., for a few years. I spent some quality time in Chicago, Denver, upstate New York, and Miami this year. Got to see family, some old friends and hung out with a few new ones, in my travels. 2017 was not only a lot of fun, but very productive for me as well. I'm expecting bigger things in 2018 and can't wait.

In case you missed my social media posts, here's a few of my favorite shots from 2017.

                                                                                                           New York Harbor
Women's March, NYC
The new bedroom
Lake shore in Chicago
Marina Towers in Chicago
The Metro Station at Miami Airport
Fans at The Miami Open
Atop SLS Brickell with Tanika in Miami
SLS Brickell
Fun in the FLX with cousin James and company
Cousin Dan and my London fam at MOMA
Oculus in lower Manhattan
Empire of the Sun at Terminal 5, NYC
Surfer Blood at Capehouse, Brooklyn
The Drums at the Bluebird Theater in Denver
The Denver Art Museum
Tom Hanks speaks at TCT in Denver
Mayim Bialik visits WebMD
Bret Stetka interviews Dr. Richard Isaacson
Meeting Colin for the first time
Reunion with Yvanna in Miami
Admiring Terry O'Neill's photography at The Bond
Vanessa in Wynwood, Miami
Sunset over Coconut Grove
























Saturday, December 31, 2016

Darbe Images: Best Photos of 2016

Two Thousand and seventeen can't get here soon enough. Just a few more hours and we can say goodbye to the uniquely bad, 2016. A lot of celebrity deaths this past year. So many of them were 80's stars or icons we grew up with. 😔 My 2015 nightmare prediction that big city liberals would help make Donald Trump the next American president? That came true. Ooof. Terrorism affected my travel plans for the first time this year. I canceled plans for South Africa, shortly after the Istanbul airport bombing. And that city is still having terrorism issues as of earlier tonight. 😞 The Obamas - our generation's greatest POTUS and FLOTUS, are saying farewell to the White House but, word is, they'll still be very active on the social front in the years to come. Can't wait! 

As for my photography? If you hadn't noticed already, my new website is live. Please check it out. I licensed a few of my photos for print projects this year. Most notably was my double page inclusion in the book, "Hip Hop Raised me", which was released worldwide by publishers Thames and Hudson. I shot the WebMD Health Hero Awards with Seth Rogan, Robyn Roberts, Maureen McCormick and a host of other notable celebs, musicians and world renowned medical experts. That was this past November. All in all, it was a good year for me, on the photography front. 

In case you missed them on Facebook or Instagram, here's a few of my favorite shots from 2016.  































Friday, October 28, 2016

Hip Hop Raised Me

"I'm so proud to have been asked to contribute my photography to this project. DJ Semtex along with legendary publishers Thames & Hudson, have put together an incredible book here. It's an honor to have my work presented along side some of the greatest Hip Hop photographers of all time." - Darbe
Hip Hop Raised Me is the definitive volume on the essence, experience, and energy that is hip hop, and its massive and enduring impact over the last forty years. It’s packed with contact sheets, outtakes, and glory shots of artists, collectives, and fans from iconic photographers including Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, Eddie Otchere, Normski, Janette Beckman, Chi Modu, Nabil Elderkin, and Mark Humphrey, as well as photographs of hip-hop ephemera and vinyl courtesy of specialist collectors.

With the help of his definitive catalogue of interviews with hip-hop artists from the 1990s to today, conducted at key moments in their careers and including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake, Nicki Minaj, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, and the Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Semtex examines the crucial role of hip hop in society. He reflects on the huge influence it has had on his own life and the lives of many others, providing inspiration to generation after generation of young people. Taking a thematic approach, Semtex traces the characteristics and influence of hip hop from its origins in the early 1970s with DJ Kool Herc’s block parties in the South Bronx, through its breakthrough to the mainstream and advent of gangsta rap in the late 1980s, with artists such as Run DMC, Public Enemy, and Ice T, to the impact of contemporary artists and the global industry that is hip hop today.





Monday, April 11, 2016

Caribbean Vacation - Saint Lucia

I spent my vacation in the Caribbean last week. My friend Danielle and I went to Saint Lucia. We stayed at the La Haut Resort, in a lush jungle above the town of Soufriere and overlooking the infamous Pitons. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. They made us feel like family. All the meals were prepared with food from the resort plantation. The grapefruit tasted nothing like American or European varieties. By far the best strain of the fruit I have ever tasted. We had fresh bananas, oranges, coconuts, eggs, bread and meats for breakfast and dinner every day. I highly recommend La Haut for anyone thinking of staying on the island and wanting to steer clear of the tourist center up north in Saint Lucia.

We also spent time swimming in the resort's two infinity pools, drinking the local Piton beer, exploring other resorts, downtown Soufriere, boating, hiking and meandering through the rainforest and botanical gardens. The boating with Sugar and Spice Charters was especially fun. The captain and crew - Mario and Lyndon, treated us to an incredible day of snorkeling and ocean hopping we'll never forget. Another thing we won't soon forget? Hearing American Country music playing in between Reggae and Soca artists on the radio at random. Apparently, the locals loooove it. St. Lucia sure is an interesting place. It was an amazing vacation, we learned a few things and now it's back to work on Monday.

I'm already looking forward to my next adventure. :)