San Lázaro Day Celebration @ Hialeah's Rincón de San Lázaro

Every 17th of December thousand of devout believers visit El Rincón de San Lázaro, an independent temple dedicated to Saint Lazarus as seen by the Santería and the popular tradition brought from Cuba.

San Lázaro Celebration @ Josefina's front yard shrine

San Lázaro Celebration @ Josefina's front yard shrine

One of the most prominent cultures of Miami is the Cuban culture. And one of the most important and deep rooted religious celebrations brought to South Florida by Cuban Exiles since the beginning of the Cuban immigration to the USA is the Festivity of San Lázaro as known by the Catholic Church tradition or Babalú Ayé as known in the Yoruba or Santería religion. On the eve of the festivity many household altars are prepared with offerings to the saint, some people even have a party where family and friends are invited to celebrate.

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Self portrait

 Self portrait taken at Miami's Our Lady of Sorrows Traditional Catholic Church.

Self portrait taken at Miami's Our Lady of Sorrows Traditional Catholic Church.

Light and shadows at the newly remodeled Bass Museum

This past weekend I visited the newly remodeled Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. Their current exhibit features a solo show by Pascale Marthine Tayou, and a major retrospective of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, including Vocabulary of Solitude, a large room scattered with life-size clowns snoozing in various positions. I photographed some dramatic light and shadows within and around the museum.

Forgive us Father for WE have sinned!!

Forgive us Father for WE have sinned!!

This past Monday I had the unfortunate experience of witnessing an episode of our society that really made me feel terrified... 

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New mural being created at Overtown area

New mural being created at Overtown area

Driving by Miami's historic Overtown I met a group of young artists who were creating a mural with the purpose of beautifying the area and at the same time delivering messages concerning to social problems very common in Miami's poorest area...

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"Sweet", another peculiar character roaming the streets of Downtown Miami

"Sweet", another peculiar character roaming the streets of Downtown Miami

There he was, "Sweet" or "Duuuulce" as he tried to pronounce it in Spanish...

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Wake Up Miami! September 26th Edition. End of Summer 2016 Season

Wake Up Miami! September 26th Edition. End of Summer 2016 Season

It is Monday morning, and people taking the Metrorail to get, mainly,  to their jobs are sleepy, and perhaps already frustrated. But once they get to the Government Center Metrorail Station they are greeted with the music played by performers brought by the guys from PAXy as part of their program "Wake Up Miami!"...

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Shadows at the Southeast Financial Center plaza

Shadows at the Southeast Financial Center plaza

Despite the fact that photography is almost not allowed anywhere within the perimeter of the Southeast Financial Center, the plaza around noon time is a great place to enjoy your lunch time. 

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Need a psychic reading?

Need a psychic reading?

Two ladies, members of the Soldiers of the Cross Church, collecting money give the impression that they are offering psychic readings because of the advertisement that is on display right next to where they are sitting. 

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Wake Up Miami!, September 19th Edition

Wake Up Miami!, September 19th Edition

It is Monday and one more time the guys from PAXy transformed the morning commute of hundreds of Miami's Metrorail riders by bringing another edition of their Wake Up Miami's Summer Program. This time, Nestor Zurita, saxophonist, composer, and concert artist, joined his friend, saxophonist Chelo Shegui, to play some cool duets.  

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Street Scenes around Downtown Miami

Street Scenes around Downtown Miami

Old buildings being demolished... gentrification... new constructions...

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Rafael Ortíz, a Cuban immigrant, is on a hunger strike

Rafael Ortíz, a Cuban immigrant, is on a hunger strike

In just few minutes the sun will rise and it will be the 4th day of Rafael Ortíz's hunger strike right across from the Government Center building...

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Wake Up Miami, September 12th Edition

Wake Up Miami, September 12th Edition

Another Monday when the commuters arriving or departing from Government Center's Metrorail Station get to enjoy another music presentation brought by PAXy's Wake Up Miami!

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Miami Scottish Rite Temple

Miami Scottish Rite Temple

The Scottish Rite Temple located next to Lummus Park in downtown Miami. The temple was built under the requirements of the Masonic Association. It borrows motifs from Greek Classical architecture. This landmark is Miami's first Art Deco style building.

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One Thousand Museum Building by Zaha Hadid

One Thousand Museum Building by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum in Downtown Miami is currently being built as one of the most compelling developments in the area...

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Downtown Miami's Art Days at the PAMM

Downtown Miami's Art Days at the PAMM

From Basquiat's Unknown Notebooks to the Ideological Circuits presentation within the Routes of Influence exhibition the Pérez Art Museum was part of this year's Downtown Art Days. 

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Temple Israel of Greater Miami, a jewish beacon in the central city

Temple Israel of Greater Miami, a jewish beacon in the central city

This Reform congregation synagogue thrives on the fact that they are unlike many other temples of the Jewish faith...

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Will Brickell's fast growth make it "The Manhattan of the South?"

Will Brickell's fast growth make it "The Manhattan of the South?"

If you haven't walked or even driven around Downtown Miami, closed to the Brickell FInancial District, then the next time you visit the area, you will be in complete awe, like if you were in some other metropolis of the country. Brickell is changing at a very fast pace...

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