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Grand Architecture

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Grand Architecture

I've always had a fascination with architecture. Something about it drives my creative side and makes my imagination accelerate. Its the perfect mix of form meets function. It can be a small simple stricture to cover people from mild weather or the grand structures we see most commonly in our major cities. The grand structures are often like massive sculptures that fit a specific purpose and we use them to enable us to work, live and play. They are often expressions of the cities and states that they represent. They can represent the ingenuity, the artistry or the wealth of those people. One of my favourite things to photograph on my travels are these great monuments that define the people who built them and influence the people who live around them. They are works or art and they always inspire me to think big. 


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All The Colours of Mexico

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All The Colours of Mexico

When I think of a country a certain variety of colours come to mind. For many people memories of places are often associated with a group of smells or sounds or any mixture of things that stimulate the senses. For me it is the same, but being a photographer I feel very tuned into colours that remind me of what I saw as I ventured through whatever region or country or city. If there was one country on our planet that seemed to pop with every colour imaginable it would be Mexico. Mexico has very distinct sounds and smells as well as tastes and feels but the colours are what captures my attention and in a big way. I love this county! Ive traveled to Mexico on 4 separate occasions and the more I see, the more I want to see. I am still discovering things and places that seem to defy the imagination. Whether you are into food, music, architecture, nature or urban scenes, this country has it all. Some people ask me if I'm scared by its reputation for being extremely dangerous and I can't say that its not, but I can say that its not as bad as what you see in the media. Mexican people are often the nicest and most hospitable people Ive ever met. How they can be so kind and open as well as ruthless and dangerous is beyond me but I will not stop traveling there. There is just to much beauty and love to experience. Mexico is just too special of a place to not explore its deferent fasets. If there was one country that encompasses all the colours of the rainbow it would be Mexico. 


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Interiors + Architecture

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Interiors + Architecture

Ive stayed in a wide variety of accommodations over the years. They have varied from hotels to houses. From boats to trains, tents to palaces and even parks and ship docks. There are many I wish I had taken the time to photograph, but here are a couple that I did and they hold very fond memories for my self and my friends. 


 

Casa de Dani

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Guadalajara - Mexico

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-   33 1975 1947   -   www.casadedani.com   -   casadedani@outlook.com   -


Casa de Javea

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Javea - Spain


 

World Architecture + Details

 


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New Zealand In December

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New Zealand In December

This past November/December I had two dreams come true. The first was an opportunity to dance with The Royal New Zealand Ballet in one of my all time favourite ballets. The second was taking advantage of being in New Zealand and venturing off to explore the South Island. New Zealand is world renowned for being one of the best locations on the planet for nature lovers and adventure seekers. It had been high on my list of places to see for many years, so after a couple of successful performances I had to head South. I first flew from Wellington to Christchurch as Queenstown was outrageously expensive but I also wanted to make a circular pattern through the centre to the South and then back up the West Coast. I was going by car the whole distance. I picked up my car and immediately left for Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. The next day I spent hiking through Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and found out why so many people recommend doing the Hooker Valley Track. Simply stunning! Then I was off to Manapouri as I had an overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound/Fiordland National Park. That absolute took my breath away but nothing could prepare me for what I experienced the day after that. I finally saw Milford Sound and it was everything I was hoping for and more. Being one of the greatest natural wonders of our world, it is the perfect example of how photos, videos and everything else we have made cant do it justice. Driving into the park takes you on a journey that starts off spectacularly beautiful and only gets better from there. The final decent out of a high mountain pass tunnel was like decending into heaven. From there I went back North discovering Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and passed through Mt Aspiring National Park before settling in at Jackson Bay. My last full day I drove North passing by Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier and spending the night in Arthur's Pass. It was one of my all-time favourite road-trips and I have been left with only the best impression of New Zealand. People always say that Kiwis are some of the nicest people on the planet and I found that to be true but another side note is that my fellow tourists were also a very pleasant bunch. I met so many people from around the world, as I usually do on these types of adventures, but this bunch was different. There was a much stronger sense of support and curiosity coming from these people. Ive never had so many fun and inspiring conversations with so many fellow travelers about where they are from and what they plan to do in New Zealand. Everybody was pulling together to help each other get the best experience they could out of their journey. It really was a dream come true and I now wear my All Blacks jersey with a great sense of pride. I loved New Zealand and I really hope to return someday soon! The only thing that could have been better was to have more time! 


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Best of 2017

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Best of 2017

What a year! 2017 started off slow but picked up fast and by the end I had checked off a few of the most incredible places on our planet. Starting off on one of three trips to Barcelona, I had the privilege to experience Spain's famous Easter Week, Semana Santa, as I traveled through the Southern region of Andalusia. After that I went back to Amsterdam for a short time as I was headed to Dubrovnik, Croatia for the first time. May came faster than I was expecting and I spent the early summer with friends and family in Washington D.C. and Seattle. Then I was on my way back to Mexico. This year I started off in my favourite City, Guadalajara, and then went to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Then a short trip to Puebla before finishing off in Mexico City. August came and I took some time to gear up for the big finale as I left for New Zealand in October. I have been wanting to see Milford Sound for many years and it did not disappoint! Just as I had thought things would quiet down I had one last little trip to Naples, Italy to take care of. No year is really complete without a trip to Italy. In all it was a great year and I am so happy to have been able to do what I did, and go where I went, and as always, the best is to be able to share with my friends and family. I have high hopes and big plans for 2018 and I wish everybody a happy and exciting New Year! Love to all! 


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