Sunday, August 30, 2015

SOM : Window Guy

I was sitting at my desk working when suddenly I felt something on the window.
When I turned there he was, just hanging .I waved and ran for my camera.

When he moved on to the next floor, I open the window and the camera follow him , when he saw my face barely out due to my vertigo, he gifted me this huge smile.

Sometimes all you need is a big smile like this to make your day, you can hold it in your memory and bring it back any time you need.

Estaba sentada en mi escritorio trabajando, cuando de repente senti algo en la ventana.
Voltee y ahí estaba estaba el, colgado de un arnes. Lo salude y corrí a buscar mi cámara.
Cuando bajo al otro piso, abrí la ventana y mi  lente valiente lo siguió, cuando vio mi cara apenas asomada lo que el vértigo me permitió me regaló esta gran sonrisa.
A veces es lo único  que hace falta para alegrarte el dia, la puedes guardar en tu memoria y recordarla en cualquier momento que la necesites.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

SOM #treyusa photowalk

Miami's Dualism: Vibrant and Gloomy
la Dualidad de Miami, vibrante y lóbrega.

Miami's diversity
La diversidad de Miami.

Friday, August 14, 2015

SOM: As seen on Miami Beach

    In some South Beach Hotels, every morning at 6.35am souls  like her place the buckets for kids to play.

    En algunos hoteles de South Beach, todas las mañanas almas como esta, colocan los tobitos para que los niños jueguen.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Souls of Miami {Pretty in Pink}

 In December 2013, while looking for a picture for La Vuelta al Mundo (LVM) a group led by Jackie Rueda, I saw this lovely pretty woman totally dress in pink sitting at a bus stop.
 I couldn’t resist stealing  her picture from the car. The followed instant I realized I had to do it right, ask her for permission to take a better photo; one where I could see all the details that show she took great care in dressing up that day in the  Christmas spirit but in pink.
My “cuñi” was driving , she stopped and I jumped to the street to catch her before she left.
“you look so pretty, may I take a picture of you?” 
SOM “Do you work for The Miami Herald?”
“noooooo” I said, in order to break the ice I told her, my mom is 79 years old, how about you? she thought for a bit and smiling replied 

“I have exactly the opposite”.

En Diciembre 2013, buscando el color rosado para La Vuelta al Mundo (LVM) grupo dirigido por Jackie Rueda venia de tomar fotos con mi cuñada en un colegio, cuando vi a esta cuchitura de señora sentada en una parada de autobús.
No dude en tomarle mi tipica foto robadita desde el carro. 
Pero se veia tan bella , toda rosadita y con todos los accesorios de navidad ,que queria tomarle mas fotos, de cerca, para que se pudieran ver todos los detalles que tenia en su vestimenta.
Así que casi que salte del carro para llegar antes que el autobus,  le pregunte si le podia tomar una foto, contesto "tu trabajas para el Miami Herald?"
me rei y le dije noooooooo, para cortar un poquito el hielo le dije que mi mama tenia 79 años, que cuantos tenia ella.
Se me quedo viendo, sonrio y al ratico me dijo
"Tengo exactamente al reves"

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


I was in New York on April 2010, in a plaza don’t even know the name, I saw among a lot of people this cute, old, white hair and long beard man, which I photographed for a while and he smiled back when he caught me .
I was happy with that , I loved the guy and the picture 

Years later, while looking through the photography book  “Humans of New York” by Brandon Stanton, I found MY same guy and I learned …
My wife’s name was Barbara, I used to call her Ba.
My name was Lawrence, she used to call me La.
When she died, I changed my name to Bala”
I felt completely different about this kindhearted man, I connected with him.
That was the turning point, inspiring me  to start my personal project.
In Spanish I would say “salvando las distancias” =)  I decided I would get over my shyness, and instead of stealing people’s photos ( like I usually do), I will talk to them adding that piece of life to my images while showing the soul of the city that I am in love with, MIAMI

I waited until I had the picture of this South Beach icon, to start this 52 week project titled Souls of Miami (SOM)
I have seen him for MANY years, wearing those shoes and a skirt, singing, smiling, talking with people and dancing….
 “why are you always this happy?” 
 “because I have Jesus and my music. When I’ll die I will be up here (pointing finger to the sky) dancing for you”

He asks passers by, to tell him the title of a song they like, and he immediately tells them the author and its release date... 
This is the mystery That I have  been watching every Saturday I pass by Lincoln Rd .

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Shamrock Festival

crazy with colors @ Gabriel's school

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Seagulls @ Miami River

Esto es lo que yo llamo un ratico robado a la vida... me escape de la montaña de trabajo que tenia a probar la camara que alquile por una semana y que me quiero comprar =) markiii con el 70/200 2.8

Monday, November 11, 2013

Autumn in Miami

Este post era para Octubre... Miami estaba vestido de rosado para apoyar la lucha contra el cancer de seno y la naturaleza tambien, estos hermosos arboles rosados, Palo Borracho o Chorisia speciosa estan floreados en Octubre por todo Miami; todavia quedan algunos, como las dos ultimas fotos que son de hace tres dias, un minuto antes de que empezara a llover. South Miami Palo Borracho @ Soth Miami2 Palo Borracho Palo Borracho2 @ Coral Gables2 Palo Borracho @ Coral Gables

Saturday, November 02, 2013

L.V.M Reflejos

Miami Bridge from a boat Miami Bridge from a boat Juicy Couture's dressing room Juicy Couture's dressing room Big Pink @ SOBE Big Pink @ SOBE Miami Reflections miami reflejos Gaby @ SouthPointe Gaby@ SouthPointe

Sunday, October 13, 2013


mural del Miami Heat en Wynwood TESORO LVM mural Carrusel en Bayside TESORO LVM Carrusel Jardin en las Ruinas de Coral Gables TESORO LVM Jardin Farol en Brickell Av y Lluvia en Cavalia Stables farol y lluvia Globos en Bayside TESORO LVM Globos LLuvia en Cavalia Stables TESORO LVM lluvia Calle con A, Coral Gables y sombrero en Bayside calle y sombrero