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La Casa De La Marquesa

I feel like there are two different kinds of places you can stay when you travel: one being a hotel or rental that is just a place to sleep and call home base, and two being a hotel or rental that is an experience in and of itself. La Casa de la Marquesa in Querétaro, Mexico, is by far and away the latter. I almost can’t quite put into words how astoundingly beautiful this place…

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Episode IV: A New Home

Episode IV: A New Home

As is deliciously and glaringly obvious, I have a new home! I realize that not even a couple of months ago I welcomed everyone to the new Retro Penguin, but the site just wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided to take a risk and follow through with the overhaul I had been planning for several months.  So I say again, welcome to the new new Retro Penguin! This overhaul, which includes me hosting this…

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Shooting on 16mm Film

Shooting on 16mm Film

I was pretty nervous about shooting on film for my first time when I did this project back in April. I had shot on film before for photography, but the process for video is quite different. Luckily, things were exposed correctly in the end and our developing facility did an excellent job in processing. I have to say, I ended up really enjoying working with film. Nothing compares to the end result. However, as I…

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Baby, You’re a Firework

Baby, You’re a Firework

On the fourth of July I was lucky enough to be invited to a FC Dallas soccer game by my boyfriend and his family. As usual, I brought my camera along and I’m glad I did; the game was, for lack of a better word, boring, and I kept myself occupied by taking photos. Now don’t get me wrong, I love soccer, but this game in particular just wasn’t very interesting. Lately I have come…

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Esclavo de la Noche

Based on the poem “Esclavo de la Noche” written by me. Below is the translation from Spanish. “Esclavo de la Noche” (Slave of the Night) I am a slave of the night. Slave to her hands. Slave to her lips. Slave to her taste. I am a slave of the night, That with delicate demeanor weaves Her intricate webs all over my body, Slowly liberating my mind of its control. I am a slave of…

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Smoking Spirits

Smoking Spirits

Large black bath towel, check. Desk lamp and reflector, check. Hookah, check. Makeshift studio in my living room, check. Also, person willing to pose for you, check.             Shots were made possible with all the aforementioned objects. Shout out to all the Russians who, for some reason, read this blog. Cпасибо!  

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It’s the 70’s All Over Again

It’s the 70’s All Over Again

Whilst visiting my parents this past weekend I was rummaging through old photo albums and stumbled upon these beauties! Lucky for me, my father has a camera for an appendage, so I have literal mountains of photo albums lying around my house. I was impressed with the quality most of the photos retained, despite being over three decades old. So I decided to scan some of them and display them here!        …

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