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Happy Birthday To Me!!!

Truly thankful to God for all of his many blessings.


Young Queen

Happy 21st birthday to my first born child, my young Queen. It’s so hard to process this much time passing by, and what was once my little baby has become a full grown woman! With every passing year I feel both happy and sad. I try to enjoy every moment with you because I know your next steps in life will move you away from me, and I’ll have to learn how to let you go…How did we come this far so fast?! Seems like you were just graduating high school, and now this! No matter what, you’ll always be my baby.

I love you with all my heart!!!


Prints Now Available!!!

I know that times are extremely hard for everyone, especially financially. As someone who makes their living working as a photographer, I too have been challenged with finding alternative ways to earn income during this crisis. With that being said, for anyone who’s ever been interested in owning a beautiful copy of my work for their home or office, I’m happy to announce the launch of my first print store. Now you can choose from a variety of my work and purchase prints to be delivered right to your door. There are various sizes and framing options available. New photos which span my 20 year career will be added to my gallery regularly.

To check it out please visit me here: https://robertnjones.darkroom.tech


Happy 19th Birthday Son!!!

I’d just like to wish my one and only son a very Happy Birthday today! I LOVE YOU Jr.!!!!


Kobe

Kobe,

My second most favorite NBA player, second only to Michael Jordan. It’s taken me a whole week to even attempt to sit down and write anything. I’m in total shock, disbelief and denial. This is truly one of the worst moments of my life! As a human, a father, and as a basketball fan. This is so surreal, so unbelievably painful. Feels like a nightmare that I wish I could wake up from!

I shot these photos in October of 2018 for the Kobe Bryant co-owned sports drink company, BodyArmor. I never knew how much more meaningful and poignant these photos would become to me…that’s all I have for now. This is much too heartbreaking!!!

My deepest and most sincere condolences to all of the families involved in this unimaginable tragedy.

 

The young man in this photo is actually named Kobe. Named after his father’s favorite basketball player, Kobe Bryant.


Fear Of Flying

Is it fear of flying or fear of dying?

Fear of living, fear of trying? 

Calm your nerves, face your fears

Fight the anxiety, apprehension and tears 

Fear is real, but worry no longer

For when you worry your fear grows stronger 

Conquer your fear when doubts begin

Should it reappear, fight it over again!


Sedona Family Vacation Color

This set of photos is a continuation of my family’s recent vacation to Sedona, Arizona.

As with most of my work, I tend to create in both color and black & white. It’s not alway an easy decision. It’s honestly more of a constant challenge in choosing what warrants being photographed in color or in black & white. Sometimes it can go either way, or sometimes lighting conditions and color palettes will specifically dictate exactly what should be done.

Here are a few color selections.


Sedona Family Vacation Monochrome

I guess the old saying, “you learn something new everyday” can certainly be applied to this particular experience.

Before I ever stepped foot in Arizona I never knew it snowed there. I, like most people, assumed the weather was too consistently hot to produce snow. I couldn’t be more wrong! During a recent holiday vacation to Sedona I was finally able to see snow in the desert first hand. It’s both a strange and beautiful sight to behold. Seeing all of the familiar desert trademarks such as, a cactus, covered in snow is definitely a memorable occasion. I’m so happy that my family and I were able to witness this moment together, as I feel it’s a unique encounter that my children will never forget. 

Photos and videos can only do so much to represent the sheer beauty that can only be truly appreciated in person. Exploring unusual scenery such as, the juxtaposition of snow in a desert setting, is something I highly recommend for everyone fascinated by travel and adventure. 


Beautiful Nevada Scenery

The more I visit Nevada the more I fall in love with all of it’s beautiful desert scenery. The colors, textures, and of course the details! I hope to go back soon for more in depth exploration and photo making.

Here are just a few photos from a visit to Red Rock Canyon that I captured with my phone.

 


Happy Birthday Queen!!!

Wishing Queen Terri a very special and Happy Birthday today!!! I Love You!!!


Happy 19th Anniversary/Inspiration

Happy Anniversary To Me

With each passing year it becomes even more unbelievable to think about how my journey in photography all started. Every year I fall deeper in love with art form, and my appreciation for the opportunity to engage in it daily grows substantially. Being allowed to continuously learn, practice, experiment and ultimately grow is one of the greatest experiences in my life! I’m thankful for continuous blessing.

 

Discovery & Saying Goodbye 

On September 9th, just a few short weeks ago, the photographic community lost not one but, two of the world’s most captivating artists. Just moments after learning that legendary photographer Robert Frank had passed away I, like most others, dedicated a post on my social media accounts to express my condolences as well as my appreciation. Immediately after I hit send I read a message from a fellow photographer saying that legendary Canadian photographer Fred Herzog had also passed away. It was such an unbelievable coincidence that I had to google it just to make sure that the information was accurate. Unfortunately, it was very true.

I discovered Robert Frank’s work many years ago when I felt lost as an artist, looking for a new direction for my own work. Robert Frank’s book, The Americans, is the gold standard for street and documentary photographers worldwide since it’s release in 1958-59. After viewing just a few of the photos online I knew I had to purchase the book for my personal collection. I now own a copy of The Americans, along with a few of Mr. Frank’s other books, so I fully understand the gravity of losing an artist of his magnitude. One of the lessons I learned from his work is, to be honest in the images I capture. Take photos that tell the truth regardless if it’s good or bad. Photography is not always pretty because the world is not always pretty. Stay true to yourself, your vision, and take photographs from your own heart.

I discovered Fred Herzog’s work because, I’ve always been a huge fan of all the Kodachrome film photographers. Being mostly a color photographer myself I’ve always admired the uniquely beautiful color palette that the mythical Kodachrome film was able to create. I was always on the look out for the early adapters of color photography, so Herzog’s work struck me immediately with it’s distinctive painterly beauty. I’ve also been fascinated with the natural beauty of Canada’s landscape since I was a small child. The marriage of Mr. Herzog’s photographic style, with the charm of the 50’s Canadian street aesthetic appealed to me heavily. The way Fred routinely captured the city of Vancouver for decades was beyond inspiring. He quickly became one of my absolute favorite photographers solely based on his documentation of the Vancouver streets. I own a few of his books as well and they are some of my most prized possessions. I look to them as a constant source of inspiration and motivation.

 

Defining Inspiration  

So what is inspiration to me?

Inspiration is impossible to quantify because, it’s influence is felt long after the source is gone. Therefore, it is immeasurable and everlasting. I’d like to thank these 2 men for their endless inspiration. 

Although Gordon Parks is my single greatest inspiration, I will never deny the influence that so many other great artists, such as these 2 men, have had in the pursuit of my own photographic expression. I am truly grateful for their example. 


Happy Birthday Lil Bro!

Happy Birthday to my younger brother Marcus. I hope you enjoy yourself and have lots of fun. I wish I was back home to help celebrate with you. Cheers! I love you man!!!


Happy Birthday To Me!!!

“There’s gon’ be some stuff you gon’ see

that’s gon’ make it hard to smile in the future.

But through whatever you see,

through all the rain and the pain,

you gotta keep your sense of humor.

You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit”.

“Remember that!”

– Tupac Shakur 


Business Casual

In honor of my youngest brother’s birthday today I wanted to share a photo we created back in March. This was one of the first photos I took with my brand new Leica M10P. Thanks to my brother Antonio for helping me out with the session, and I’d like to wish him a very Happy Birthday!!!


Grown Woman

Happy Birthday to my first born. I can’t believe that you’re 20 years old today! Where did all this time go? Sometimes I sit back and think, it really trips me out that you were actually born in the 90’s. I’m so proud of the woman you’re becoming. As a father you make me so happy! I wish you all the best going forward in your life. You’re one of the sweetest people I know and I pray you’ll always stay that way. Oh yeah, you may look just like your mom but, you act just like your old man! 😉 I love you so much!!!


Vegas iPhone Selects

Here are a few of my favorite iPhone photos from a recent trip to Las Vegas. More to come soon…


Happy 18th Birthday!!!

Happy 18th birthday to my son Nas. I love you Jr.!!!!


New Year Same Pain

2018, what can I say about you? You took so many of my beloved family and friends, leaving my entire family with completely broken hearts. Just when we thought you were done with us, just when we thought that you would give us a break for the new year, you decide to deal us one final, cruel, blow. December 28th you decided to take with you my mother-in-law, Renae. What a terrible way to end one year and begin another. 
The last few weeks have been unimaginable!!! Everyone has been far too busy dealing with this tragedy to even think of posting anything on social media. But now that we’ve said our final goodbyes and have a moment to reflect, I thought I’d share this unfortunate news with extended family & friends around the world. If you know Terri, Toni, or their mother Renae, a few kind words plus some positive energy would be greatly appreciated at this time. Thank you!

Special thank you to Melody Murriel & your beautiful Mother for all of your help during this incredibly difficult situation. We can’t thank you enough! ❤️

Mom, we all love you, and we will all miss you tremendously!!!


Happy Birthday Grandmama

Yesterday was a very rough day for me. It was my Grandmother’s first birthday since her passing, and although I wished her a happy heavenly birthday on my family’s page, I just couldn’t bring myself to post anything personally. I’m doing somewhat better today so I wanted share my love and support with my family by creating a photo in honor of her memory. I know it’s technically no longer her date of birth but, I will proudly celebrate her life any and everyday for the rest of my life.

This photo represents life’s beauty and strength, yet it’s fragility. Cherish your precious life and the life of your loved ones. I love you, I miss you forever Grandmama!!!


ANTI-social Anxiety

I’ve been very reluctant to post any new work lately. I’ve been so disillusioned with all of “social media” Seriously wondering if it’s really worth it anymore? But whatever…😕

Catching Rainbows © 2018


18th Photography Anniversary

18 years ago I picked up a camera to document the growth of my first born child, and I have never looked back. I’m thankful to God that I’m able to do something that I love so very much!!!


For The Love Of My Grandmothers

I was fortunate enough to have you both until I was 42 years old 

You helped raise me, and love me, may God bless your beautiful soul 

Although I’m sad, I can’t be mad I suppose, because one was a jewel 💎 and the other was a rose🌹 

I’ll always love you both forever! Your son, Robert ❤

Emma Jewel

Rose Marie


Rose

You were the strongest person I’ve EVER known!!! I didn’t just love you, I admired you. I hate that you had to endure so much pain in your life…I pray that God will finally grant you the peace that you so rightfully deserved. Another one of my 3 mothers is gone, and another piece of my heart is gone with her 💔 I struggled for hours just to try and finish writing this short paragraph…I can’t go any further right now…I’ll stop here 😢😥😭
I wrote this poem for you months ago and I want to share it with my entire family. It’s simply titled, R.O.S.E.
“Delicate Yet Strong, From His Garden You Were Chose”
“Delivered By God, Our Sweet, Beautiful, Rose.” 🌹

Happy Birthday To Me!!!

Thank God!!! Blessed to see another year!!!