The visit to Edinburgh was amazing. Large stone buildings and cobblestone roads, drowning in rainwater under a grey sky and fierce thunder. It was beautiful and I want to return. Especially to experience some of the festivals. Having spent only a day in the city, there's so much left to see.
Yes, we made the trip to Edinburgh because it's the home of JK Rowling and where she wrote the first Harry Potter book. But Edinburgh is also the home of Irvine Welsh, Shirley Manson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Tony Blair. Whatever's in the water there, I need some. I also learned that because of the limited amount of available land, people have been forced to build upwards, giving the city some of the first ever skyscrapers.
Of all places, we chose Scotland to have some fish and chips, and then some sticky toffee pudding. I know, it's supposed to be a London thing, but it was still yummy.
So, the pics below and in the next post were taken by Rick G and me as we rode the train in from London, explored the Royal Mile, and took shelter from the rain.
2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, IA, IA AT THE HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS 2 PREMIERE IN LONDON, Image Amplified, J.K. Rowling, Julie Walters, Julie Walters by Troy Wise, London, London Premiere, Molly Weasley, Photography, Photos of Rupert Grint by Troy Wise, Red Carpet, Rick G, Trafalgar Square, Troy Wise, Troy Wise Photography, www.imageamplified.com
2011, Cho Chang, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, IA, IA AT THE HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS 2 PREMIERE IN LONDON, Image Amplified, J.K. Rowling, Katie Leung, London, London Premiere, Nimphadora Tonks, Photography, Photos of Katie Leung by Troy Wise, Red Carpet, Rick G, Trafalgar Square, Troy Wise, Troy Wise Photography, www.imageamplified.com
2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, IA, IA AT THE HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS 2 PREMIERE IN LONDON, Image Amplified, J.K. Rowling, London, London Premiere, Matthew Lewis, Neville Longbottom, Photography, Photos of Matthew Lewis by Troy Wise, Red Carpet, Rick G, Tonks, Trafalgar Square, Troy Wise, Troy Wise Photography, www.imageamplified.com
2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, IA, IA AT THE HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS 2 PREMIERE IN LONDON, Image Amplified, J.K. Rowling, London, London Premiere, Maggie Smith, Minerva McGonagall, Photography, Photos of Natalia Tena by Troy Wise, Professor McGonagall, Red Carpet, Rick G, Trafalgar Square, Troy Wise, Troy Wise Photography, www.imageamplified.com
We arrived in London 2 days before the Harry Potter 7 Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere. I'd been warned that the premiere, to which I'd never been to a single one ever, wouldn't be easy to endure. Actually, Rick G expressed direct doubt that I'd be up for the challenge of waiting in lines with rabid fans in the outdoors for hours, for the chance to see celebrities attending a movie I wouldn't be able to see. I think he had a point.
But the HP7 premiere would be the last of the global phenomenon. And if I were ever going to participate in the celebrity gawking and autograph hounding, and wait outside in a mass of fans, this might be the ultimate introduction. After all, some of my most favorite British actors ever were in this last movie. Now was not the time to be a culture snob.
So how did the premiere go? It was pretty extraordinary. We were outside for 40 hours, even camping overnight in street clothes in the open air of a cold and rainy Trafalgar Square. This was after we waited in a 4-hour line for wristbands that put us in a series of holding pens that would file us into the barricaded red carpet audience sections I'd seen on tv.
By the time the film's stars and the event's guests were to walk the red carpet, I was actually hanging over the barricade, my chest squashed into the metal bars by the less fortunate behind me, snapping photos as Anna Wintour, Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith passed. Sunburn and excruciating bladder issues aside. I was even interviewed for CBS about whether or not Harry or JK Rowling were worth my trip from Texas. For the record, yes. I started out skeptical but curious. I ended up a real fan: of not only the talent involved in the Harry Potter series, but also the size and impact of what Jo Rowling has built.
Anna Wintour, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, HP7, JK Rowling, London, Maggie Smith, Movie Premiere, Nicholas Hoult, Ralph Fiennes, The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2, Trafalgar Square, TRAVEL DIARY, travel diary, troy wise photo and design, troy wise photography, World Premiere, www.troywise.com
2011, Billy Munoz, Dino Fox, Dominic Alonzo, Edgar & Francisco in "Covet" by Photographer Troy Wise, Edgar Chavez, Fashion Editorial, Fashion Photography, Francisco Garza, IMAGE AMPLIFIED, Male Models, Male Photography, Photography, Troy Wise, Troy Wise Photography
Photos from one of San Antonio's most culturally relevant fashion events. Featuring work by Agosto Cuellar, John McBurney with Rene Roberts, Penners with Felix Tambora, Jhosiah Huerta, and the TJ Fashionistas. (October 9, 2010. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Official event of Una Noche de la Gloria 2010. Contemporary Art in the Cultural Zone. Produced by Agosto Cuellar with Mari Salinas.)
WIP Crème will feature 6-8 artists performing short works that range
from theatre to contemporary to hip-hop, amongst other genres. It showcases
outstanding artists from the past season of W-I-P and is a pure
W-I-P (Works-In-Progress/Wednesdays-In-Performance) is a
collaboration between Jump-Start Performance Co. and San Antonio Dance
Umbrella. It is a monthly lab space for new, in-progress dance and
other movement-based performance works accompanied by a facilitated
post-performance discussion. W-I-P is known for its eclecticism:
modern dancers, belly dancers and performance artists have performed
in the same evening and been inspired by each other, as well as
expanding the audience’s perception of performance.
For W-I-P Crème, we have selected some of our favourites from the
past. The line-up will include Push Pens, Shimarella, Doyle Avant, PACDance, Northwest Vista College Dance Ensemble, Seme Jatib, Alysya Perez.
Love it or hate it. Like it or leave it. It's the San Antonio indie fashion scene! And I'm there documenting what goes down the runway. The SA Current's "MoSAic" fashion show featured Top Knotch Officials, Agosto Cuellar, Vanessa Centeno, Marti's, Marissa Massiel, Miss Roxy Derek, and Salon 720.
It all started with finding out on Friday that we got into Perez's party at SXSW. Complete shock but so excited! It was like winning Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket. And by the time we received our magical wristband to walk through the doors at the Whitley, we had waited hours outside in anticipation of what was rumored to be The Place, The Party, The Event. And what we found? One word: "epic."
After all, we were THIS CLOSE to Snoop Dogg, Courtney Love and Hole, Macy Gray as they performed one hit after another. And new acts like Marina and the Diamonds, and Alphabeat whetted our appetite, making us want to watch their ascendence in the near future. These are my shots from the night.
I was lucky enough attend about 3 hours of Performance Party 25 at Jump-Start. Those in attendance helped celebrate the performance company's 25th anniversary and were treated to previews of the variety of shows Jump-Start will feature throughout the year.
These photos were taken at the International Academy of Design & Technology's Michael Jackson-inspired runway show at the Smithsonian-affiliated Museo Alameda in San Antonio. August 2009. All rights reserved Troy Wise.
San Antonio is a city I've wanted to photograph for its rich heritage, mix of cultures, and textured architecture. There's much to be explored and documented. I will be collecting some of those images in this album. All rights reserved Troy Wise 2009
Art of Fashion 2008 featured designers Angelina Mata, Henry de la Paz, Agosto Cuellar, Javier Castillo, stylists from the AVEDA Institute and recent graduates from University of the Incarnate Word. This album is the story of that fashion show told in pictures: on the runway, backstage & behind the scenes. All rights reserved Troy Wise 2008.
These photos were taken at the two Madhatters locations in San Antonio, Texas. Madhatters Tea House & Cafe is located in Southtown at 320 Beauregard. Madhatters Tea House & Cafe Express is located downtown at 106 Auditorium Circle at the Radius Center.
We're always happy when we can make it out to see the art on First Thursday. It's the perfect night to see the work and maybe even meet the artist, if you're lucky. This November we stopped by Stella Haus Art Space, Cactus Bra Space, the Joan Grona Gallery, and Jump-Start.
First Thursdays are an opportunity to see the art in San Antonio's Southtown before the big First Friday art walk. I like this night because it's easier to focus on the art and talk to the people responsible for the showing the work. This particular night ended at the Museo Alameda, for their DJ series.