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Photograph of the Week: “Fat Cats”

Spent 12 days in New York City recently and a few hours at Fat Cat Jazz Club in NYC’s West Village. Named New York’s best pool hall by New York Magazine, Fat Cat offers a wide variety of gaming entertainment choices, including billiards, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball, chess & checkers, backgammon, scrabble, and more.

Here are a few pics I shot of a few “cats” playing billiards. Enjoy…

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Photograph of the Week: 15 Heart-Warming Images Celebrating Father’s Day

I know, I know – mothers get all the credit when it comes to raising kids. I get that. But that doesn’t mean fathers don’t play a major role in a child’s life. Fathers are symbols of stability and reassurance to children; in many cases fathers are the financial providers in the home. Over the past several decades, however, fatherhood has been on the decline.

In his 1997 post in Reader’s Digest (Canada) called “Life Without Father“, noted sociologist Dr. David Popenoe, one of the pioneers of the relatively young field of research into fathers and fatherhood, wrote: “THE DECLINE of fatherhood is one of the most unexpected and extraordinary social trends of our time. In just three decades — 1960 to 1990 — the number of children living apart from their biological fathers [that is: natural fathers] nearly doubled. By the turn of the century almost 50 percent of North American children may be going to sleep each evening without being able to say good night to their dads.” He goes on to state that, “The decline of fatherhood is a major force behind many of the most disturbing problems that plague us.”

Fathers may not get the cool commercials that mothers do (and they deserve all the credit they get), but being a father to your kid is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. So, to all you fathers out there going “against the trend”, these photographs are for you.

Happy Father’s Day…

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“Fatherhood” by Alex Greenshpun

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“Up!” by Sonja Stone

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“Father and Son” by Bernard Wong

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“Life” by Miguel Cabezas

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“父女 (Father & Daughter)” by Hide _LeeKY

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“I believe I can fly” by Jonas Jungblut

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“Apple & Tree” by Christian Anderl

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“Father and Son” by Christian Cantrell

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“Göçün Ayıramadığı Eller (Migration can not separate hands)” by Aykut Aytaç

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“Play with Me” by Rochan Photography

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“Hey daddy! A race?” by Frédéric Baque

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“Just the two of us” by Dam Photography

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“Fatherhood” by Zun Lee

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“Hawaiian Sunset (Father and Daughter) by Allie Fox-Perez

And here’s a bonus pic of my and my little girl taken by my wife in Times Square, NYC back in 2009. Still one of my fave photographs…

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Photograph of the Week: “Summertime”

Elena Shumilova

Summer will be here soon – are you ready for it? These two are, as this wonderful capture from Russian photographer Elena Shumilova strongly suggests.

Happy Monday…

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Photograph of the Week: “Graveyard Mist” (Memorial Day)

Memorial Day

Today, we honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces with this photograph of the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, where over 5,000 U.S. soldiers are buried; most of whom died during the Battle of the Bulge which was fought nearby in winter 1944/1945. On 22 occasions, two brothers rest side-by-side in adjacent graves. The photograph was taken by Belgium based photographer Michel Vos.

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Photograph of the Week: “First Touch”

Mother's Day

Celebrating Mother’s Day with this powerful shot by Washington based photographer Ryan Arneson.

Happy Mother’s Day…

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Photograph of the Week: “¿Qué harías tú sin ti?”

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What would you do without you? That’s the question posed in this image by Spanish photographer Ibai Acevedo.

Happy Monday…

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Photograph of the Week: “Meet the Easter Bunny”

franck barlet photography

With Easter upon us, this image from French photographer Franck Barlet seemed rather fitting.

Happy weekend…

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Video: A Day at the Beach for Technology-Dependent Children

V.A.C.C. Camp: A Day at the Beach from DanPerezFilms on Vimeo.

It ain’t no secret that I’m a huge supporter of VACC Camp (Ventilation Assisted Children’s Center), a free week-long overnight camp for technology-dependent children who need a tracheostomy ventilator, C-PAP, BiPAP, or oxygen to support breathing. The camp, which just celebrated its 28th year, is hosted each spring by Miami Children’s Hospital and attracts campers from throughout the United States and internationally.

Back in 2011, I was commissioned by Miami Children’s Hospital to document the camp’s 25th anniversary year. Spending a week at the camp and at the homes of the campers and getting to know the many young volunteers who give up their Spring Break in South Florida to be of service to these kids was a remarkable personal experience. The film (watch it HERE) had its world premiere at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and took home the third place prize in the ‘Feature Documentary’ category at the 2013 ReelHeART International Film Festival.

I’ve returned every year since (with camera in hand) and have created short videos from select days at the camp. In 2012 it was “Pool Day” and in 2013 I was there when the good folks at Therapy Dogs, Inc. brought their special dogs to the camp. This year (this past week), I returned to the camp for one of the its most special events, “Beach Day”. Now, you would think a trip to the beach wouldn’t be such a big deal in Miami but for many of these children, getting a 300 pound motorized wheelchair through the sand is pretty much mission impossible. But that’e where the Miami Beach Firefighters come in.

So, scroll back up to the top of the page and check out the video. And if you’d like more information on the camp, would like to be a future volunteer or would simply like to support the camp with a generous donation, please visit VACCcamp.com. Oh, and if you’ve got nothing better to do over the next 15 seconds, go like their facebook page – and tell them Dan Perez sent you :-)

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Photograph of the Week: “Rainy Day”

Rainy Day by Jessica Drossin

They say April showers bring May flowers so with April upon us, I thought this wonderful image from California based photographer Jessica Drossin seemed apropos.

Happy Monday…

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Photograph of the Week: “Selfie”

Miami Children's Hospital

Miami Children’s Hospital

VACC Camp is a free week-long overnight camp hosted by Miami Children’s Hospital for children needing a tracheostomy ventilator, C-PAP, BiPAP, or oxygen to support breathing. This past week, the camp celebrated its 28th year. I shot a documentary film on the camp in 2011 and have returned every year since to be a part of what is a truly remarkable week-long experience. I shot this photograph on the camp’s last day; it speaks to the special bonds the many young volunteers form with these campers. Figured I’d share it with you all…

Happy Monday.

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