Art Design Consultants (ADC) has selected my photograph, The Mittens at Sunrise, for their Art Comes Alive 2018 exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio. “Art Design Consultants’ annual art competition and exhibition ACA, Art Comes Alive is nationally recognized as 'The Academy Awards for Artists'. There is no other event that celebrates the visual arts by awarding over $250,000 to artists in a variety of categories including purchase awards, gallery contracts, publishing contracts and more!” The competition was open to all artists living in North America. 

I was represented in this exhibit in 2017 with my photograph, Stairway to Heaven. I am so very pleased and honored to be once again included in this juried exhibition. Opening night is October 6, and the exhibit runs through November 30th, 2018. 

The Mittens at Sunrise , Monument Valley, Arizona

The Mittens at Sunrise, Monument Valley, Arizona

A Visit to Walden Pond

On July 24, I went to Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, Massachusetts on a commission to capture incredible images of the pond made famous by Henry David Thoreau. I walked the entire length of the path around the pond (1.678 miles) in 94 F weather. While bathers wore clothing appropriate for the beach, I was covered practically head-to-foot to prevent tick bites as I was told they were very active there.  From 2:30 pm to 5:15 pm that day, I tried my best to capture the essence of the pond that was Thoreau's inspiration for his book On Walden Pond, and that he described as “lovelier than diamonds.” The photographs I took of the pond will enhance the lobbies and dental rooms of two new dental offices in Austin, Texas. The owner of the dental offices lived near the pond in Massachusetts and swam it innumerable times. He wants the photographs as a reminder of his favorite place and for which he has named his two offices, Walden Dental.

These are some of the images I captured that day. If there is a photograph of a specific theme or place you would like to purchase and do not see in the galleries on my website feel free to contact me as I have an extensive archive of photographs. I may just have what you are looking for. 

Some exciting news!

I am happy to announce that I recently received an Award of Excellence from Manhattan Arts International HERStory 2017 art competition with my photograph of a father and his three daughters that I took in Egypt. Renée Phillips, curator of “HERStory 2017,” and founder/director of Manhattan Arts International, wrote the following about the exhibition: “HERStory 2017,” an online exhibition, features art by 63 outstanding contemporary women artists. The talent in this exhibition is extraordinary, expressed in the artists’ artwork and their accompanying artists’ statements. I encourage you to visit the artists’ websites where you can view their entire portfolios. Please contact them directly to purchase and/or exhibit their artwork." 
Visit this site to see the exhibition: http://manhattanarts.com/herstory-2017-art-exhibition/, and download a free pdf of HERStory 2017 here: HERSTORY-2017. The online exhibition runs through June 27, 2017.

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals has included me among their roster of contributing photographers with my photograph "Red Rock Crossing, Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona," for use in hospitals and healthcare facilities around the world. Elaine Poggi, the foundation's founder, and president supplies hospitals and healthcare centers with framed art that has the power to heal.  Promoting a sense of calm and hope for patients and workers alike amidst the stress and fear so common in traditional hospital settings is the healing power of art. I invite you to look at the foundation's site and read about the work it does for the healthcare field around the world at http://healingphotoart.org/.

Red Rock Crossing, Cathedral Rock

Red Rock Crossing, Cathedral Rock

The warm weather is finally here and my peonies are beginning to open and the Siberian irises are blooming right now. The bearded irises still look great but are getting near the end of their bloom. The tulips bloomed early this year for the yearly Albany Tulip Festival, but I captured them at the height of their beauty earlier this month. I love this time of the year for the opportunity to capture more of the stunning beauty of nature's wonderland. Come back often to check out new additions to my photo galleries.

Siberian iris and fly

Siberian iris and fly

A Comment from a Viewer

I was so pleased to receive the following comment from K. C. Williams, about my website that I felt compelled to share it with you:

"If you want to escape from politics for a little while, take a journey through the gorgeous photos on this website.

But if you want to make it a political journey, you can do that too. Glorious photos of people and ecosystems and art and architecture from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa might make you feel a connection to the world that is endangered every time someone proclaims "America First."

Your connection to the world is awaiting your visit to my galleries. So, go ahead, take-a-peek and enjoy the photographs that may help connect you to that big world out there.

Friend s, Luxor, Egypt

Friends, Luxor, Egypt

Consider visiting the RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, if you live anywhere nearby to see my exhibit of doors and windows photographs currently on exhibit there.

Please consider leaving a comment about a specific photograph or gallery that caught your attention, blog entry or overall website impression and share my website address with your friends and family.

Welcome to my website!

I invite you to join me on a journey of discovery as I present photographs that explore and highlight the human condition, the beauty of the natural world and the man-made objects that are the outward manifestations of mankind. My enthusiasm for discovering the beauty of the world from the sand of a Middle Eastern desert to the ornateness of Mexican Baroque churches to a charming little girl and her pet sloth should be discernible from my images.

Visit the site often to see new images as I post them and let me know your comments. I will also be posting photographs to my Flickr account which is currently empty. Blurb, the publisher of my books, offers discounts from time to time, so check back frequently; check my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sbvazquezphotographicartist/; or click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of the Home page of the website.

Although you will be able to see all the photographs on each gallery page, you will need to click on an image to see it full-screen. Photographs are presented in photography blocks and you will not be able to scroll through all the photographs on a page in full-screen without clicking on an image in each block. All the galleries except for Europe and Africa, and Focus on Design have more than one photography block.

Please note that not all photographs on the site are available for purchase and therefore, will not have a Buy button in the lower left-hand corner of the image.

             Explore and enjoy!