Jordan Dobrow Portfolio

These paintings are the works of Jordan Dobrow.

Jordan Dobrow is a senior at Milton High School in Milton, GA. She aspires to become an architect and eventually own an architectural design business. Jordan has a strong aptitude for math and strong creative skills. From a very young age, she began constructing three dimensional models and building structures in the back yard. Her ability to imagine, draw and build her visions continues to grow. In her senior year, Jordan has enjoyed her class in advanced drawing and painting. This portfolio presents her work including some works in progress.

The art work was photographed by Sam Dobrow.

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Vera Wang Bridal Fashions 2013

On Sunday, March 3 from 5:30 PM, Vera Wang luxury bridal fashions hit the runway in Miami with an exclusive debut at the Mandarin Oriental hotel on Brickell Key. The dresses come straight from the New York runway show and will remain in Miami for a week so attendees can get a close up look and purchase one for their own wedding.

Modern Luxury Brides South Florida and The Caribbean hosted the first ever “Evening of Bridal Luxury.” The event, catering to upscale brides, was unlike any other in the market and offered guests the only chance to see the 2013 Vera Wang Bridal Collection on the runway in South Florida. The event began with complimentary cocktails by Remy Cointreau and bites by the culinary experts at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, while guests perused a gallery of favorite wedding moments shot by the area’s top photographers. Attendees were then escorted into the ballroom for the much-anticipated Vera Wang runway show, which highlighted the designer’s 2013 collection. After the show, attendees were ushered into the ballroom for a KARLA Conceptual Event Experiences showcase featuring some of the most luxurious décor trends in bridal for the upcoming season. There, sounds by Scratch Weddings and a special performance by LITUS Music provided unique entertainment, perfect for the bride who wants something different for her big day.

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Butterflies at Fairchild Tropical Gardens

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens recently finished the construction of a butterfly conservatorium and science center. Moth and butterfly pupae are imported from Asia and South America under strict regulation by the US Department of Agriculture, hatched, and released daily into the screened atrium. Inside the atrium is a specially engineered butterfly garden complete with flowering plants, stream, and humidity controls. The butterflies are denied necessary hosts for breeding and die after a few days. Employees and volunteers who work at the entrance and exit undergo extensive training to assure no butterflies are released into the environment. Each entry and exit point has a transition chamber where people are inspected to assure none of the insects have hitched a ride out of the atrium. These photos were made with a Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens and 5D MkII camera shooting at ISO 1600, 1/80th sec, f/16-22 for maximum depth of field.

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Ocean Drive Art Deco Weekend 2013

Photos taken walking along Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida during Art Deco Weekend 2013. These images are all post processed using HDR technology and are new additions to the “South Beach Experience” collection.

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Field Trip: Everglades National Park

Florida Gator
View of Shark Valley
Shark Valley Observation Tower
Close Encounter
THe Real Florida
The Everglades is home to many species of unusual wildlife.
Smiling Gator
Clever Crows
Florida Gator

The Florida Everglades National Park is home to many species of wildlife which can be experienced close-up. These photos were taken on a reconnaissance visit to the Shark Valley visitors center. We started a bit late in the day and arrived around 2PM. There is a 15 mile bike path which is also used by walkers and a sightseeing tram. Before starting out on your walking or biking expedition, be sure to use your sunscreen and bring plenty of drinking water. Even in winter, this is Florida and you will get sunburned as well as dehydrated.

The “Loop Road” starts out from the visitors center heading due south in a straight line for seven miles along a canal where many alligators can be seen. On this visit dozens were sunning along the side of the roadway. Signs warn to keep 15 feet distance from the alligators and not to harass them but there are some crazy people who let their toddlers walk right up to these giant creatures. I am surprised we didn’t see one of these toddlers get eaten – I guess the gators were well fed, most looked quite fat!

When approaching the observation tower it can be seen for at least 3 miles and it seems to be closer than it actually is. Once you get there, there are restrooms but no potable water sources. At the bike racks are signs warning people not to leave valuables in their bike packs, but not for the usual reasons. It seems that the criminals at this location are the crows! Yes, the signs warn that crows are clever animals who know how to open zippers and steal shiny objects from the bikers.

From the top of the tower wilderness spreads out in all directions as far as the eye can see. To me, it looked like pictures of the African Savannah – flat open space with golden grass and occasional clusters of trees known as “hammocks” where the elevation is slightly higher than the water table. Everywhere else is marsh land flowing with crystal clear water originating from Lake Okeechobee.

The return route on the Loop Road winds through the grasslands where there are more birds and less alligators. The winding road adds an additional mile to the return trip. Since the day was getting late, temperatures were dropping, and we had a good headwind there was little time to explore the second leg. We just completed our workout finishing the entire trip in about three hours. Next visit, I’ll start earlier so I can meander around and experience more of the wildlife. I also plan to bring a polarizing filter with 100mm macro lens to capture some of the details of the wildlife. The sun is bright and the light is harsh so be prepared to handle high contrast scenes. I purchased a $25 annual pass which allows me to bring as many people with me as I can fit into my car so I shall return with guests. Get your bikes ready!

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Art Miami

Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012
Scenes from the exhibition hall at Art Miami 2012

A few interesting scenes from the Art Miami 2012 exhibit hall.

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Art + People

Failure is an Option
Be Who U R
Painting the Day Away
Joan Benefiel Sculpture
In Context
Sand Artist
David Alan Harvey
Brian Harvey
Bump
Ping + Pong
Nightlife Graphic Design Gallery at Chalk Lounge
Art Appreciation is learned
Art Miami 2012
Failure is an Option

Art influences people. People create art to change attitudes. Art lives when people interact with art. This series portrays people interacting with art, some intentionally, some inadvertently. These images were made during Art Basel Week 2012.

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Sand Artist – Art Miami 2012

Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012
Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012
Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012
Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012
Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012
Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012
Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012
Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012
Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012
Sand Artist at Art Miami 2012

It’s winter in Miami and the weather is just perfect for outdoor living. In Miami, art is a big part of life so it’s just natural that artistic creations happen outside. While taking a break from the gallery walk, I was able to enjoy the fresh air while watching this creative gentleman claim his spot on the patio and pour out his creative energy. The sad thing, is that this will be swept away in just a few hours as the Art Basel weekend comes to a close.

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Nightlife Graphic Design Gallery


The Nightlife Graphic Design Gallery (NGDG) was hosted at Chalk Lounge on Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (South Beach). This event had limited access from 8PM – 9PM during which time there was a complimentary Vodka and Rum bar. Although the line getting in was moving slow, the event was not oversubscribed and everyone got in after a brief wait (15-30 minutes). The nightclub environment mixed well with the theme and content of the exhibit and the bartenders did an excellent job of keeping the crowd happy.

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Basel Castle – A Total Waste

Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!
Basel Castle 2013 - Don't waste your time!

Basel Castle has to be the biggest hype event I’ve seen. It is promoted as “the best single day event” at Art Basel but I can tell you it is not worth the time or hassle. I along with thousands of other hopeful attendees arrived around 7PM to find that there was no parking to be found anywhere. Finally after parking in a seedy side street a little too close to Overtown for my comfort we walked to the event venue only to find a line wrapped around several city blocks in the darkest, unlit streets and alleys of Wynwood. I walked to the front of the line to learn that most people had been in line for over 90 minutes and it was just 7 PM. We met up with some friends about 100 feet from the main entrance. There was two lines, the big long line for RSVP tickets which were given out free and a second line for VIP tickets which were purchased. The VIP line moved along with no delays however the RSVP line was only letting about 3-4 people per minute in the gates. At about 8 PM the RSVP line stopped moving at all as a frustrated crowd began chanting louder and louder “Let us in! Let us in!” Word traveled quickly to the back of the line that they had reached maximum capacity and people would only be let inside when others left. By 9PM the long line wrapping around the building had dissipated as people realized they were victims of a big hype scam.

Not wanting to leave without knowing what was actually happening inside, I was able to shoot over the fence and came to the realization that people who were inside were no better off. There were more and more lines limiting access to the live bands and open bar. I began to feel relieved that I decided to bail on the wait. I mean who really wants to wait in line to get a free Pabst Blue Ribbon beer – in the can! Personally, I wouldn’t even drink a PBR. But then there is the Jose Cuervo. Not my favorite tequila but not the worst either. I can only imagine how poorly it would taste mixed with cheep sugar water when I asked for a margarita. To my surprise, I saw very few people with drinks. Probably another capacity issue – one bartender with a line 50 deep, no ice, warm beer.

And to think I missed the Todd Barrett Swimwear Launch Party for this!

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