We were lucky to stumble upon some amazing photography and even more excited that we are allowed to showcase the creative talents & photography of Bill Warren from Chapel Hill, NC on this website. The gallery he created is called Vote for Pedro and we feel this series does a brilliant job of capturing the imagination, lights, color and fun of South Of The Border.
You can check out more of Bill’s work at Billinchapelhill.com
This is a little background info on Bill and a few words about his methods and inspiration. We hope to bring you more of his great photography in the future:
I am a creative photographer based in Chapel Hill, NC. I started with film in the 70’s and like most shooters switched to digital in recent years. I have become a photography junkie, one who is always looking for the next image fix–even if I don’t have the camera with me. The blessing of photography is that it continues to heighten my visual sense and awareness of light, tone and shape.
I strive to make images that stand out and this drives me to look for subjects that are unique or overlooked. First there must be promising light—be it day or night, natural or artificial. Next, what often defines a good subject is not just the features that the subject presents but what occupies the background. Unless they can be utilized in the visualization, busy details in the background tend to subtract from the subject of the composition. When the light and subject elements show promise, it is my job to visualize the composition and then make the right camera and lens choices that will best record the visualization. My shooting technique is to follow the formal rules of composition, focus, exposure and lighting and then look for ways to break those rules to create an image that really stands out.
South of the Border is a destination that meets all my photographic requirements and desires. It surprises me that I have not been able to find many examples of creative photography that have been shot there. The SOB layout leaves lots of spacing between the buildings and statues to provide multiple and un-crowded framing options of many, many subjects. Also, the flat open site provides for a variety of opportunities to capture big sky elements. Every subject at SOB is unique and the painted colors are intense. Whether your opinion is that SOB is kitsch or Americana art, it is certainly a worthy photographic gold mine that more photographers should take advantage of. I just wish it was not quite so long of a drive for me to get there.