The Finer Art of Photography

I’ve been neglecting my blog recently as my attention has shifted to Fine Art photography. If you’re missing me here, please check out samdobrowphotography.com where you will find regular posts of fine art photography. This site will remain more of a commentary and photography blog site for fashion and model photography and a few photo essays. Stay tuned for something from my upcoming trip to Cuba.

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ACNAIB: Behind the Scenes

ACNAIB: Behind the Scenes

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Behind the scenes editorial photography as the girls are prepping for the runway show featuring ACNAIB Swimwear.

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Cyberspace Zombies

ACNAIB: Social Media

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Behind the scenes at a recent fashion show I was present to make some photos of the girls getting their hair and makeup done. The scene was not your typical dressing room. The typical dressing room would have the models sitting in front of a makeup table with a large mirror and lots of clean white lights. This dressing room was an out of service basement bar. Makeup artists and hairstylists had to work in dimly lit corners or under a strange purplish-blue down light.

In the shoots that I organize, there is a lot of interaction between the model, makeup artist, hairstylist, and photographer – but that was not happening here. Everyone was in their own world working almost like robots. As I looked around the room I noticed something that is becoming more and more common in social gatherings – “cyberspace zombies”. People totally disengaged from their surroundings and totally engaged with their phone. People don’t talk anymore, they text. When people communicate in person, many times it is facilitated by their phone. “Hey look at this pic on my phone!” And then there is the ever present selfie. People are obsessed with taking photographs of themselves showing where they are and whom they are with. Life in cyberspace is about creating an image of how one fantasizes them self in the eyes of others.

These images are real world images of people engaged in their cyberspace lives. Their emotions, and lack of emotions, are testimony to their life as a cyberspace zombie.

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ACNAIB: Raw Portraiture


While photographing a swimwear fashion show, I had the opportunity to work behind the scenes to capture the models in an informal setting. The backroom where makeup artists and hairstylists were busy at work was poorly lighted and the available light was multi-color LED lamps used for a nightclub. The makeup artists had a difficult task trying to work with color and the environment for a photographer was terrible. Well, almost terrible. The lighting created a mood that was very conducive to edgy editorial images in monochrome. This set was culled from the group and edited for their unique portraiture.

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ACNAIB Fashion Swimwear Show

ACNAIB: Swimwear Runway

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ACNAIB Swimwear is a Miami brand of Brazilian-styled swimwear available through the Naked Soul store. The fashion show at Miami Basement, a night club at the Edition Hotel on Collins Ave in Miami Beach, presented the new line from ACNAIB Swimwear. Miami Basement is a quaint nightclub with four bowling lanes that offer clubbers a little something different to do while meeting friends and sipping premium cocktails. On February 28, the bowling lanes were temporarily closed and transformed into a fashion runway. The room was packed with guests anxiously awaiting the show. At the end of the show a few lucky guests took home a swimsuit, the lights were lowered, the lanes reopened, and the games continued.

Fame Soire

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People Interacting with Art

The current trend with art today is interactive art. Art is not so much something to look at and admire as it is a social statement about who we are and how we react to each other in the presence of art. To that end I have been observing people interacting with art. These images are the beginnings of a story about us and art.

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King Mango Strut – Coconut Grove 2015

King Mango Strut 2015

Coconut Grove, the village where I live, is like a community of retired hippies. It has a history of being an artist community and attracts a very eclectic group of residents. It is also a stone's throw from UM which provides an infusion of youthful faces. Each year, on the last sunday of the year, there is a big street party called King Mango Strut. It begins with a parade of parodies and dissolves into a big street party with live bands in the street. Anything and everything politically incorrect is fair game. If it doesn't make you cringe a t least a little, it shouldn't be in the parade. The theme is We put the nut back in Coconut Grove. These photos were taken at the King Mango Strut. I love living in Coconut Grove.

Coconut Grove, the village where I live, is like a community of retired hippies. It has a history of being an artist community and attracts a very eclectic group of residents. It is also a stone’s throw from UM which provides an infusion of youthful faces. Each year, on the last sunday of the year, there is a big street party called King Mango Strut. It begins with a parade of parodies and dissolves into a big street party with live bands in the street. Anything and everything politically incorrect is fair game. If it doesn’t make you cringe a t least a little, it shouldn’t be in the parade. The theme is “We put the nut back in Coconut Grove.” These photos were taken at the King Mango Strut. I love living in Coconut Grove.

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Mango Days are here again

2014 – A Great Year for Mangoes

mango tree

This mango tree is fifty feet tall with a fifty foot spread. The fruit is exceptionally sweet and smaller than most varieties.

It is mid June and my three mango trees are raining mangoes. This year produced an exceptional crop. Just a couple months ago I looked up and saw the entire tree covered with golden blooms. I thought, wow we could have a big crop but the number of blooms is not an accurate predictor of the crop size. Some years an early rainy season results in poor pollination but this year was a little dry in the Spring. As the days grew longer, it was obvious the pollination worked well. The tree looked like it was covered by clusters of green grapes. Then the small mangoes began to fall and the clusters thinned out. But the mangoes were not growing very fast, they stayed small and green. As they became large enough to eat, I began sampling them and they were on the tart side. I was worried the crop, though plentiful, would be small, tart fruit. Then all of a sudden, the rain kicked in and those little green mangoes started to double in size overnight. Now with our almost daily downpour of rain these guys are bigger than ever and as sweet as can be imagined. I can collect 25 lbs each time it rains and typically 50 lbs or more in a single day. Read More »

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Bridging the Gap from Marketing to Sales

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Please read the revised article: Building High Performance Sales and Marketing Teams.

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Model: Taylor Montague at South Beach

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Portfolio Shoot

Model: Taylor Montague
Agency: Next Models – Miami Beach
Photographer: Sam Dobrow
Location: South Beach, Miami Beach, FL
Date: Feb 19, 2014

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