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I call the most wonderful city in the world home,

The place where history is part id daily life, through culture, food or architecture,

Where dead is received by dancing down the street in a second line celebrating  life,

Where music runs through people’s souls and happiness is just a normal stay of being

I call New Orleans home.



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What do you have on tap?

Using ordinary objects to make extraordinary designs is one of the things I love the most about architecture. The photograph below shows one of my favorite architecture features in NOLA, and that is saying a lot because this city is full of wonderful architecture! It is a water fountain made with beer taps located in the The Bulldog patio, a local bar.

I remember the first time I went to this bar thinking ” wow that is such a cool idea”, I also imagined a drunken architect saying “I beer, I like fountain, I most combine them!”. An other cool fact about this fountain is that all the coins people drop in, while making a wish to the god of booze I’m guessing, is donated to charity.



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Two Cities, Two Streets


Just about one year ago, we found each other working on our first collaboration, a blog post called Two Cities, Two Bridges. We set a date, a time and place, each in our respective cities and we picked our favorite bridge…you see we kind of have a thing for bridges, we like taking photos of them. The post received a great response, and it wasn’t too long before we thought about working together again. One probably drunken night, we came up with the idea of shooting Canal Street, the same idea behind last years project, but with a different subject matter, since both cities share streets of that name. We decided to choose 5 photos that in a small way represented what Canal Street is all about, both in New York and in New Orleans. We hope you all enjoy our selection, or that at least this post inspires you to come visit our cities.


So here we are again, about a year ago Robert and I found each other thanks to the magic of WordPress, and right away respect and love for each others work developed and of course the desire to work together no matter the distance. Last year we published our first collaboration, Two Cities, Two Bridges, with a great response from everyone, and of course we are back at it again. I love New Orleans, that is no secret, and I love New York, so what better way to express that love by showing off Canal Street! Something that both cities have in common beside that word New in their names. While in New York, Canal is a chaotic commerce center where Chinatown and Little Italy come together. Here in New Orleans Canal is where the French Quarter’s meet the Central Business District (CBD), where old meets new, and life becomes history. You can see how the industrial revolution and the 21st century took over by just crossing the street, leaving narrow streets meant for horses and wagons behind to be replaced by modern architecture and businesses. Colonial houses become straight line glass buildings, but 100 years do not seem that long ago. A lot happens along Canal Street in New Orleans-restaurants, shops, doctors offices and hotels all in one strip, the 9-5 workers give way to the erratic night life that starts where Bourbon meets Canal, in a never ending circle of ‘regular’ vs ‘eccentric’. Definitely Canal is one of the best examples of how New Orleans traditions adapt to the modern world, how we work hard but still know how to have fun, and how this wonderful community remains up to date with the changing world but never leaving behind what makes us New Orleans.




First let me say what a thrill it is to be working with Soranny once again. She remains one of my favorite photographers, and I urge you to check out her other posts and her Instagram. She does a wonderful job capturing her love for New Orleans through her camera lens. You really feel the sense of life in her shots. Canal Street in Manhattan is an interesting place. Historically it was built over a poorly considered canal downtown. In time it became the early location of the jewelry trade, before becoming more of the commercial district it is today, full of vendors selling ‘genuine’ Ray Ban sunglasses and Gucci handbags. Canal Street also divides the neighborhoods of Little Italy and Chinatown, which provides a great cross-section of cultures to soak in. Having only 5 photos to choose from, it was impossible to showcase all of my walk on Canal Street. What I did come up with were some of my favorite things I saw that day-old buildings and signs, different cultures and people. That is a cool thing that happens when you explore a street like Canal-everything comes to life-sight, sounds and smells. I enjoyed seeing such a well known street through my camera lens, and I hope you enjoy it too. Here are my choices-

Here’s Robert and a Canal Street sign in New York-


And Soranny with a selfie and a Canal Street sign in New Orleans



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Bayou St. John 

It is amazing how the city can disappear around you, if you just concentrate on the trees, the ducks that are starting to migrate to the warmer weather and the breeze touching your skin, the cars, the buildings,the noises of city life banishing away, it’s just you and your thoughts for a moment, until is just you and the earth and nothing else, and nothing matters and you are free, and in that moment you feel nothing but complete pure happiness.

It is always good to have a beer with an old friend.

“A guy and a girl meet at a bar…

Guy: thank you for meeting me up, it’s been so long. I didn’t think you will accept my invite, it’s nice to see your face. I’ve missed you.

Girl: I missed you too, it is kind of weird to be sitting across from you after so much time.

Guy: It actually feels normal to me, like if the last time I saw you was yesterday and we can just continue where we left off.

Girl: I guess I get what you are saying, but the last time we saw each other wasn’t yesterday and we can’t just take on where we left off two years ago.

Guy: So I guess you are just going to jump to it right away, huh?

Girl: It wouldn’t be me if i didn’t, wouldn’t it?

They both share a small but genuine laugh….

Guy: It’s true it wouldn’t. I just wanted to see you, talk to you like we used to do before, drink a beer, talk none sense.

Girl: We could do that if I didn’t know that there is something more to it, a hidden motive for you to reach out to me. Probably something similar to when we first met.

Guy: I don’t need a hidden motive to talk to you!

Girl: You don’t, that is true, but you have one. And knowing you, you probably don’t even know what it is yourself.

Guy: Ha! You think you know me so well, don’t you?

Girl: I don’t actually, people change and it has been two years, but I know the person you were two years ago, would only reach out for me as a way to escape his reality.

Guy: That’s not true, I reached out before and I reach out again today because I care about you and I like knowing that you are ok, I like knowing about your life, talking to you was always good to me.

Girl: I never said you didn’t care, I am sure you did, and still do, but you cared because I gave you a break from your life, from your job, your kids, your wife…

He looks down, as if he was accepting what she was saying was true, there is a few seconds of silence. He starts talking, but she interrupts him

Girl: If you had cared as much as you say you did, we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about it, you wouldn’t be divorce and running from a new relationship, you would have been divorce, but we would be sitting in our living room watching some movie you’ve probably forced me to watch.I would probably still be calling this place home instead of the place I come on vacations.

Guy: I’m sorry I didn’t..

Girl: It’s ok, it is not your fault, I didn’t plan to fall in love with you, I can’t blame you for not noticing it. I knew the rules of the game when I met you, I broke them you didn’t.

Guy: Maybe if you would have told me.

Girl: I didn’t think I had to, I though it was so obvious that I loved you, I though you could see it, haha I was so naive.

He can’t find words, they sit in silence once more.

Girl: In a way I am really thankful to you I must say.

Guy: What do you mean?

Girl: Well thanks to you breaking my heart I’ve grown so much, I live in a different city, I’ve met some new people, I’ve put myself out of my element…. I also know that I am worth much more, that I deserve to love and to be loved by someone who is proud of being with me, someone for whom I am his reality and not an escape from it.

Guy: I never wanted you to feel or think that…

Girl: It’s ok, I know you didn’t. And I don’t hate you… anymore.

They both laugh.

Guy: Thanks again for meeting up with me.

Girl: It is always good to have a drink with an old friend.”

This is my attempt at a short story, it is inspired on my life, although it is not real. I hope you guys like it and can in some level relate to it. It is 3:45 am and I can’t sleep so I though sharing what keeps me awake could help.

Like always all writing and photography is done by me, so if it doesn’t make sense, I speak no english and I can barely hold a camera lol.

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I always want to post something when the @Instagram #WHP comes around but I seldom do, this weekend the project was to capture out-of-this-world moments by staging them or just by looking around for naturally occurring moments, one of the reasons why I never really post for the project is because I forget to look around for those moments, but today the moment came to me, and what an idiot would I have been if I didn’t capture it? The moment came with a photo and with a story, and I want to share them both with you.

The Chasing of the Princess
The Chasing of the Princess

“There I was walking around City Park when out of the nowhere Snow White passed me walking fast like she was late for something really important, well this is odd I though, but I took my phone out and snapped a photo, it’s not everyday you see a princess running late for a ball, the photo was far and a little blurry, I needed a better one, and that’s how I found myself chasing the princess like Alice chased the White Rabbit down the hole to Wonderland.

I tried to keep up with her, but the Princess was in a rush, I tried calling her name but she couldn’t hear me, she was really in a rush, and I was curious as for why. So I followed her, up and down, across a bridge, passed some bushes and behind the trees. She finally came to little park, there where lots of fun games, there also where other princesses playing around, they were having a party by the carousel, I saw Cinderella and Princess Jasmine, Tiana and Merida were also there, they all had on nice dresses and beautiful tiaras, they were having a blast, I stuck around for a little and watch them have play, oh what a wonderful moment it was. ”

How funny the coincidence that this weekend project was to make-believe and I ended up having my own Alice in Wonderland moment? All I can say is that today was a good day!

Happy Sunday y’all !!!!

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This is a really exciting post, not only because it brings great photos with it, but because it is the first collaboration between Robert Doyle from Soundtrack of a Photograph and Soranny Martinez from Sory’s World . We both decided to photograph our favorite subject, at the same time, same day and using the same camera model, the trick? We are both in different cities and we have never personally met! So after a little playing we both set camp on October 6, 2015 to capture our snaps (Robert in New York, Soranny in New Orleans), taking two shots one at sunset and the other an hour before, one in color and the other in black and white, and now we are here to share the final work with you.

Soranny- It’s funny what you can accomplish with a little planing and a vigorous interchange of about 40 emails,  Robert and I came across each other on the The Daily Post Community Pool a few months back and fell in love with each other’s work at once, now we are collaborating, isn’t that awesome!? Robert not only shares the love for photography with me but also we both enjoy photographing bridges, so when he came up with the idea of working together the first thing that came to mind was “We should work on bridges”!An other fun fact is that I personally am afraid of heights and water gives me the creeps, but there is something about bridges, specially the CCC, that just makes me feel at peace. One of my favorite things to do is to sit under the bridge and watch the people pass on their bikes or working out in peace, contrasting with all the chaotic traffic crossing the bridge. Also I look at bridges as connectors, keeping us close even across water. Makes me feel that all though my friends are far from me, it’s not really that much of a distance, I can literally cross waters and be with them again. I really hope y’all enjoy our picks as much as we enjoy planing and taking the plan into action, it was really a lot of fun and we came up with great photos to show. Also don’t forget to check Robert’s blog for more great photos, writing and MUSIC (he likes to pick songs for his posts and it’s pretty cool), you will fall in love with his work as I did. Here are the photos he chose for the project:

59th Street Bridge- New York
59th Street Bridge- New York
59th Street Bridge- New York
59th Street Bridge- New York
Robert- “So it was that a few months back I was introduced to Soranny and her blog-https://sorysworld.wordpress.com/ via a weekly feature on WordPress called Community Pool, that allows fellow bloggers to give one another input on layout, graphics, and photos. When I investigated her blog I was immediately impressed by her work, mostly inspired by her new home of New Orleans. As I began going through her photos I saw that she has a great feel for architecture, texture and vibrant colors. Digging deeper I noticed one thing especially. She had posted some amazing photos of bridges. When I asked her about it she admitted it was one of her favorite subject matters. I had done an entire blog last year about the Manhattan Bridge, so coming across someone as passionate about bridges as her was a great find.  Please make sure you check out her blog for yourself. Soranny’s choice was the GNO Bridge in New Orleans and mine was the 59th Street Bridge, both of which really seem to represent where we both are.  For Soranny it represents the love of her new home in New Orleans and for me, my new home in Queens. I like to think that bridges represent both the actual structure, and the transitions we both made.  Here are Soranny’s photos”:
Crescent City Connection, New Orleans LA
Crescent City Connection, New Orleans LA
Crescent City Connection, New Orleans LA
Crescent City Connection, New Orleans LA

And to finish we leave you with our selfies, also taken that same day and links to all of social media pages and our blogs, please comment, like, share and follow!!!

Robert- New York 10/06/2015
Robert- New York 10/06/2015
Soranny - New Orleans 10/06/15
Soranny – New Orleans 10/06/15

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Welcome to Miami

I finally took the time to clean out and select the photos I liked the most from my Miami trip, although I was in Miami for 15 days I am sorry to say that I do not have that many photos to show you guys, I know disappointing, but me going to Miami was not a really a vacation, I was more of a coming back come and I had shit to do.

I spent most of time there driving my grandma around and running errands for my uncle, I did stop from time to time to snap something good to show you guys, I mean I only went to the beach once, so I think I did great for the little time I actually had for myself.

The fact that I don’t have great photos to show you guys should let you know my trip was a complete success, I got to see my family and friends, I met my 1-year-old niece for the first time and I got to catch up with life, to remind me that moving away was a good decision. I love Miami, Miami is and will always be home, but sometimes you have to leave home to be happy.

Anyways I am rambling, here are the the few shots I liked, hope you enjoy them!!!

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Monkey see, monkey do 

I have this awesome idea, I always have one of does, for a project where I only photograph tattoos. So I’ve been stopping random people on the streets and/or asking everyone I see and know with a cool tattoo to let me take a picture of them. I still don’t have enough material to make a post just for it, or I don’t know rent gallery space, but I couldn’t wait to share this one with you guys.

First because I freaking love monkeys, like I really do, I have monkeys all over my house (as decoration not real monkeys, that would be illegal). And second because if you analyze the tattoo it turns out to be more than just a tattoo of a monkey, it goes beyond just being a tattoo of a monkey.

I don’t know the story behind the tattoo or what it actually means to the person, when I took the photo I was with a group of people and I didn’t want to hold them, so I just snapped the photo, said thank you and kept on moving. This is my interpretation and what I believe the tattoo means, keeping that in mind, I could be totally fucking wrong.

In a very short easy way I think the tattoo means that music heals it all. If you notice the monkey is holding a broken heart, while listening to musing, playing a musical instrument and still showing a big smile. Music does heal, in so many ways music makes life so much better, easier to understand, simpler to enjoy. When you are happy you listen to music, dance around, laugh and have a good time. When you are sad, you listen to music (if you are like me drink lots and lots of wine) and cry yourself to sleep, either way music is the key to the moment.

Have you ever hear this songs and you have no clue what they mean,you even go as far as saying “this song is so stupid, makes not fucking sense!”, and then something in your life happens, your heart is broken, someone leaves your side, you win the lottery, and now you a big baller, and now that same song defines your life? This is one of the best times for me, when I discover something new in a song, something that was not there before, because life was not ready for me to understand it.

An other thing I love about this photo is that it shows how a simple tattoo can tell a story, how something so simple as colors on your skin can mean so much. This goes for any type of art really, but the fact that with a tattoo you can take you story with you everywhere and let people know it, makes it great. I know tattoos are still not completely accepted by society, and I understand why in some cases, but I still think ink is a great way of expressing yourself and showing who you are.

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