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2017 A Year in Review by Reuben Hernandez

According to the Weather Channel, it feels like 2°F outside in Brooklyn right now! Mamma mia! After living in NYC for nearly seven years, it still feels like a foreign concept to have to check the weather every single day. No one ever talked about the weather where I grew up in SoCal. Despite the cold, I still love it here and enjoy experiencing seasons and continual change.

And so 2017 ends on a very cold note. 2017 is also the end of American made denim; today the Cone Mills White Oak plant, the last American selvedge denim mill, sadly closes it's doors after 112 years in operation. Cone Mills White Oak denim is my favorite denim fabric, and I ordered one last pair before White Oak shuts down for good. 

As 2017 comes to a close, I look back with gratitude. My narrative short film, Maddie, premiered at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in NYC (sadly also closing it's doors for good next month) earlier this year. Maddie screened at a handful of film festivals and unexpectedly took home a few awards, including the Best Williamsburg Short Award at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in Brooklyn last month. Maddie will screen at a few more festivals in 2018. Big thanks to everyone that came out and supported our film this year. 

Another project I enjoyed working on this year was This Is Our New York, a short spot I directed for the New York Immigration Coalition, that was broadcasted on the big screen in Times Square.

On a personal note, the major highlight of 2017 was marrying my best friend Lisa in Puglia, Italy last summer alongside our dear friends and family members. We hosted a three day celebration and were intentional about spending quality time together with our loved ones over the course of several days. Afterwards, Lisa and I road tripped, swam, and ate our way around Southern Italy for a month. It was a memorable summer to say the least! 

Photo by Nathan Smith

Photo by Nathan Smith

Grotta del Soffio, Italy

Grotta del Soffio, Italy

Grotta della Poesia Grande, Italy. One of our favorite spots.

Grotta della Poesia Grande, Italy. One of our favorite spots.

Matera, Italy

Matera, Italy

This year I really had to learn not to sweat the small things in life. Life is too short to focus on little things that really don't matter in the end. I definitely want to continue working on this in 2018 and beyond.

Next year, I will also dance much more.

I also launched a brand new website that you're looking at right now (thanks to my web guru Katherine).

Last but not least, I moved my business into a new studio this year with my friends at Skypie Studio, and have been much more productive and happier. It has been really great and invaluable to move my work life outside of the house, and constantly be surrounded by a community of creatives. I have some exciting projects that I'm looking forward to working on next year.

Much love, peace, and Happy New Year to you all.

All My Best,
Reuben

Puglia, Italy by Reuben Hernandez

First light at 6:30 AM

First light at 6:30 AM

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Grotta del Soffio

Grotta del Soffio

A fried egg jellyfish at Grotta del Soffio. The water was so clear!

A fried egg jellyfish at Grotta del Soffio. The water was so clear!

Grotta della Poesia Grande

Grotta della Poesia Grande

Some highlights from Puglia, Italy included endless underwater caves and swimming holes

by Katherine Yaksich

\ You gotta swim Through nights that won’t end Swim for your families Your lovers your sisters And brothers and friends You’ve gotta swim Through wars without cause \  (at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

\ You gotta swim
Through nights that won’t end
Swim for your families
Your lovers your sisters
And brothers and friends
You’ve gotta swim
Through wars without cause \

(at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

by Katherine Yaksich

Jurassic Park  The roads are narrow and scary as hell but the views are worth it  (at Ravello, Amalfi Coast)

Jurassic Park

The roads are narrow and scary as hell but the views are worth it

(at Ravello, Amalfi Coast)

by Katherine Yaksich

| 4:40 PM today |  It’s no surprise why people are so mesmerized by this town  (at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

| 4:40 PM today |

It’s no surprise why people are so mesmerized by this town

(at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

by Katherine Yaksich

A beach day in November. I’m not mad about that  (at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

A beach day in November. I’m not mad about that

(at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

by Katherine Yaksich

| THE TOWN THAT IS DYING |  

We got majorly lost driving to Civita last night, but it was totally worth it.   

Civita only has 6 residents year round, no cars, and could possibly be the most charming place you ever visit. It is literally dying, so check it out before it’s gone.   

#duefratellihernandez  


(at Civita, Italy)

| THE TOWN THAT IS DYING |

We got majorly lost driving to Civita last night, but it was totally worth it.

Civita only has 6 residents year round, no cars, and could possibly be the most charming place you ever visit. It is literally dying, so check it out before it’s gone.

#duefratellihernandez

(at Civita, Italy)

by Katherine Yaksich

| 41 |  

This is the house where I once lived. I used to turn the corner after a long weekend of traveling, see those bright lights out front, and experience that wonderful feeling of being home.   

Living here was one of the most formative chapters of my life because I learned how to be independent, it was the first time I experienced Europe, and it would set the tone for a lifetime of travel and photojournalistic exploration.   

Florence still feels like home and I feel nostalgic being back here.   

#duefratellihernandez  

(at Florence, Italy)

| 41 |

This is the house where I once lived. I used to turn the corner after a long weekend of traveling, see those bright lights out front, and experience that wonderful feeling of being home.

Living here was one of the most formative chapters of my life because I learned how to be independent, it was the first time I experienced Europe, and it would set the tone for a lifetime of travel and photojournalistic exploration.

Florence still feels like home and I feel nostalgic being back here.

#duefratellihernandez

(at Florence, Italy)

by Katherine Yaksich

| LOVERS IN FLORENCE |  

My brother and I spent the day exploring our old stomping ground, and I was reminded at nearly every turn why I fell in love with Florence to begin with.  

Follow along as the #duefratellihernandez reunite and adventure across Italy🏃  

(at Florence, Italy)

| LOVERS IN FLORENCE |

My brother and I spent the day exploring our old stomping ground, and I was reminded at nearly every turn why I fell in love with Florence to begin with.

Follow along as the #duefratellihernandez reunite and adventure across Italy🏃

(at Florence, Italy)

by Katherine Yaksich

4 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge 
 Well I suppose they don’t call it a challenge for nothing. A lot of images I thought would work well in black and white simply just don’t work, and there’s no point in forcing the issue. So I dug deep into the archives and found one of my favorite black and white images from Mt. Etna, Sicily. It was the middle of the winter, very cold, and there was so much snow on the roads I wasn’t entirely sure if our car would make it up to base camp. We ended up making it and I looked up and saw this beautiful picture of 3 people hiking in perfect formation on a ridge line towards the summit of Mt. Etna, and the rest is history. This is one of my all time favorite images that I’ve ever captured, for so many reasons. 
 I’m breaking the rules and nominating both @miahklein and @waterproject for the black and white challenge. I owe a lot of thanks to Miah for his guidance and for helping me along the way when I decided that I wanted to pursue photography professionally. I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not of been for people like Miah. I’ve since passed on some of that knowledge to @waterproject, who is part of the next generation of up and coming photographers 
 #payitforward

4 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

Well I suppose they don’t call it a challenge for nothing. A lot of images I thought would work well in black and white simply just don’t work, and there’s no point in forcing the issue. So I dug deep into the archives and found one of my favorite black and white images from Mt. Etna, Sicily. It was the middle of the winter, very cold, and there was so much snow on the roads I wasn’t entirely sure if our car would make it up to base camp. We ended up making it and I looked up and saw this beautiful picture of 3 people hiking in perfect formation on a ridge line towards the summit of Mt. Etna, and the rest is history. This is one of my all time favorite images that I’ve ever captured, for so many reasons.

I’m breaking the rules and nominating both @miahklein and @waterproject for the black and white challenge. I owe a lot of thanks to Miah for his guidance and for helping me along the way when I decided that I wanted to pursue photography professionally. I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not of been for people like Miah. I’ve since passed on some of that knowledge to @waterproject, who is part of the next generation of up and coming photographers

#payitforward