Lens On Tampa Bay

Photographs and journalism coverage of events in the Tampa Bay Area covering a broad range of topics

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There are so many people, places, stories, and trends going on in the Tampa Bay area and seeing it through a camera lens is what I live for. Please join me and see what I saw!

 Entrance to the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

Entrance to the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

A Mazing Fall arrives in the Bay Area.

Fall is here but it's tough to tell by our temperatures. About a half an hour east of Tampa lies a thin slice of Heaven canopied by Oaks and bordered with a corn maze that has a cool breeze blowing through it and a sense of autumn hometown. You need a break from the chaos and you need a pumpkin! Just go….

 Suspension artist preparing to fly

Suspension artist preparing to fly

Shooting the edge: Suspension and Carnival show at Pegasus Niteclub  

I like shooting edgy stuff. Sunsets and concerts are fun, but it's been done. I got the opportunity to photograph a body suspension show and took it. What a cool bunch of people and awesome experience. This story might not be for the super skittish but what a unique story nonetheless.

 Hundreds of people watch the documentary  Goody Goody: Past Present Future  at the Tampa Theater

Hundreds of people watch the documentary Goody Goody: Past Present Future at the Tampa Theater

Goody Goody: Past Present And Future Debuts At Tampa Theater

Whether you like Tampa nostalgia, great local documentaries, or are interested in how restaurants develop, you should have been there Saturday. 


 Quinn Carter, one of the personalities appearing at Fetish Con 2018 in St Petersburg, dressed in her leather best

Quinn Carter, one of the personalities appearing at Fetish Con 2018 in St Petersburg, dressed in her leather best

Fetish Con Spanks it's Way Into The Bay Area

Flocks of fetish followers and connoisseurs along with curious bystanders gather to celebrate most things kinky at the annual event. 

 Thousands attend the annual celebration of all things LGBTQ

Thousands attend the annual celebration of all things LGBTQ

Peace, Love, and Conflict Prevail at St Pete Pride

The air is filled with a mixture of weed, sunscreen, and fading cheap body spray. The atmosphere is sexually charged with low cut sometimes absent tops mixed with body painted parts. It's all part of Pride 2018

 Armaments are set off to demonstrate the fire power of an A10 Thunderbolt

Armaments are set off to demonstrate the fire power of an A10 Thunderbolt

Airfest 2018 Returns to MacDill Air Force Base

One of the largest military air shows in the world returns to Tampa with amazing flight demos, military gear, and a parachute team. Here's my preview


 Hundreds attend The Florida National Cemetery Memorial Day service. What an honor to be there

Hundreds attend The Florida National Cemetery Memorial Day service. What an honor to be there

Florida National Cemetery Honors Fallen Soldiers Memorial Day

Thousands of graves were marked with flags by volunteers to honor the fallen for Memorial Day 2018. It is an awe inspiring sight.

 Even though their flights were grounded, pilots of hot air balloons lit up the skies of downtown Tampa for Riverfest

Even though their flights were grounded, pilots of hot air balloons lit up the skies of downtown Tampa for Riverfest

Riverfest Reigns in Downtown Tampa

What do you get when you mix Wiener Dog Races, Hockey Playoffs, and Cinco de Mayo? It's Riverfest 2018! What a fantastic celebration.

 Kenny Echizen is a a session and touring guitarist hailing from LA- He also has expertise in guitar construction

Kenny Echizen is a a session and touring guitarist hailing from LA- He also has expertise in guitar construction

National Acts Playing For Free? Yep! Replay Guitar Exchange

Recently Replay hosted a free Taylor Guitar Roadshow where around fifty people showed up to listen to Kenny Echizen,  a session/touring guitarist, educator, and clinician based in Los Angeles. And, I say emphatically, dude can play!


Escaping Pavement at Listening Room Festival

Shut Up and Listen. The Listening Room Festival arrives.

Have you ever been at a place you are trying to listen to some great artist and the people next to you are making noise and inattentive? Yeah, not here. People are expected to shut up, sit back, and enjoy... and it was great! Now Shhhhh and check it out!

 The auditorium at the Museum for Fine Arts in St Pete was home to the Literary Carousel at Sunlit Festival 2018

The auditorium at the Museum for Fine Arts in St Pete was home to the Literary Carousel at Sunlit Festival 2018

St. Pete Gets Lit at the MFA!

I have publicly admitted to a mild pixel addiction and perhaps I should out myself as an an art junkie. Literary Carousel, part of the 2018 Sunlit Festival, combined vintage photography and local writers work. Awesome!

 High School students gathered in Kiley Garden for the March For Our Lives Tampa demonstration and march

High School students gathered in Kiley Garden for the March For Our Lives Tampa demonstration and march

March For Our Lives Tampa

On March 24, 2018 high school students from all over the nation joined forces to demonstrate and voice their concerns over gun violence. In Tampa over 10,000 strong gathered in downtown at Kiley Garden holding signs, speaking of their fears and warning politicians that they are coming.


 Fangoria was one of the thousands attending the 2018 Tampa Pride Festival in Ybor City

Fangoria was one of the thousands attending the 2018 Tampa Pride Festival in Ybor City

Colorful and Rambunctious, Tampa Pride 2018 Hits The Streets Of Ybor

Here's the thing. Tampa had the gay pride idea before St Pete did. Thousands attended the 2018 fest this year to celebrate the LGBTQ community. 

 The dye comes out of the boats nozzle as a reddish-brown, initially looks yellow, and finally a bright Kelly green

The dye comes out of the boats nozzle as a reddish-brown, initially looks yellow, and finally a bright Kelly green

Buckhorn's Green River Celebrates St. Patty's Day 2018

Tampa loves a good reason to party, and St. Patrick's Day is as good as any. Back in 2012 Mayor Bob Buckhorn hosted the first annual River O'Green Festival declaring "Here's what you get when you elect an Irishman as mayor". For the seventh year in a row, the Hillsborough River is dyed green to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick.

 Lynsi Anderson, an herbalist, medical medium, and intuitive healer holds the book Simply Woman open to the chapter of her contribution

Lynsi Anderson, an herbalist, medical medium, and intuitive healer holds the book Simply Woman open to the chapter of her contribution

Authors as Chefs- We Ate Their Words

Wordier Than Thou’s Tiffany Razzano just gets more and more creative in her ways to share the written word with the public. On Saturday she and 12 authors hosted a get together titled Eat Our Words: Local Authors Serve Up Dishes Inspired by Their Books


A customer leaves with arms full of Indie Flea goodies

The 2018 Inaugural Tampa Indie Flea Was a Huge Success

Need some stuff? Want to see the new cool place to buy it? Tampa Indie Flea has moved to the Armature Works building and had their first market of 2018. Here's what happened....