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Art & Adventure with PJ Ortiz Luis

The online portfolio of Pacifico "PJ" Ortiz Luis, a storyteller utilizing different mediums of art including film photography, dance, and performance poetry.

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Cameras Don't Shoot People, People Shoot People

I was hanging out with a group of strangers the other day, when the topic of instagram came up.  I hid the fact that I'm "instafamous"[not my description of myself], because I was curious about what they thought of the platform.  It turns out, to them...using non-phone cameras is a form of cheating, because the point is to post as life happens.  I can definitely see their point.  I personally try to post as close as I can with my film photos, and generally post right away when it comes to phone photos. [I don't believe in over-editing...which is another topic]

But that brings me to the point of the post....I don't think its cheating.  I know tons of extremely talented phone photographers, and even more people that own DSLRs that seem to mainly use it to photograph their food.  Below I have posted examples of bad and good photos I've taken throughout the years.  Not all my film photos are magnificient...the moral being anybody can use a camera....but it really takes somebody with a good eye to take a good photo, regardless of what they are using to take it with.  Mannn....I've even seen good photographers take good photos with reeally reeeally bad cameras...

top row:  "eh" film photos
middle row:  unedited iPhone 4S photos [yes, even the blue horse]
bottom row:  Hipstamatic photos on a 3GS or iPod Touch 4G [with less than 1mpx resolution!]

27 Hours with Socks On

Here some of the photos I captured on the Hi-matic AF2 during my 27 hour trip to Las Vegas...I left for Vegas packing extremely light.  The pennsylvania-native cab driver that picked me up from the airport was a little confused when he opened the trunk for my luggage to realize I didn't have any.  Did I feel dirty and exhausted by the time I returned to San Diego?  Absolutely.  Would I do it again?  Probably.  It's always refreshing dancing with, and sneaking photos of strangers in a different city.

Street Level

I just developed two rolls of Ilford HP5+ 400, and I have alot of good shots from it.  I will be posting them gradually in categories.  I'm still new to black and white photography, but I feel like I'm getting the hang of it.  This is my collection of street photos from these two rolls.