VISUAL STUDIES & UPROCK NARRATIVES: DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE R. MERCADO

2020.01.03 | 2019/2020 PATH Winter Intensive Portraits

01.03.2020 • PATH Winter Intensive Portraiture | Miami   I was able to work in a series of impromptu staff and student portraits during PATH’s Winter Intensive. I shot them akimbo style with a Canon 80D in one hand and a handheld Godox AD20/26-inch octobox in the other.   These Are The Breaks is PATH’s immersive week-long visual, performing and digital arts learning experience for Miami’s talented young creatives. This year’s theme was Food + Water + Shelter, which allowed participants to creatively identify the opportunities and challenges present in their communities via a series of lectures, workshops and field trips throughout Miami.    PATH is a Miami-based 501 (3)c nonprofit organization dedicated to challenging the negative stereotypes and destructive behaviors often associated with Hip Hop culture by helping the youth build skills that are useful in school, the streets and the future.   Please check out www.pathtohiphop.org  for more info.

2019.08.08 | PATH 2019 Portraits

In the summer of 2012, I started shooting staff and student portraits with PATH as a means to challenge myself in ways that commercial photography wasn’t doing at the time.  We’ve been shooting together every summer since, and I continue to be inspired by everyone’s enthusiasm and creativity.  It’s definitely a challenge shooting with so many talented individuals in such a short period of time, but I think I captured the vibe perfectly.  Thanks to everyone that rocked with me that day.  Read on for more info about PATH.   PATH is a Miami-based 501(c )3 organization that uses Hip Hop culture to advance scholarship, community involvement, leadership and entrepreneurship in underserved communities throughout Dade county. From the PATH website:   PATH, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We are South Florida’s pioneering Hip hop education organization specializing in history, philosophy and the 5 main elements of Hip Hop (DJing, MCing, B-boy/girling, Urban Art & Knowledge). Our work challenges the negative stereotypes and destructive behaviors often associated with Hip hop culture.   In 2008, The PATH HipHop Summer Academy was presented by Miami Light Project in partnership with Scratch DJ Academy. Teens from all over South Florida connected to […]
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2018.10.06 | Students of PATH 2018

PATH is a Miami-based 501(c )3 organization that uses Hip Hop culture to advance scholarship, community involvement, leadership and entrepreneurship in underserved communities throughout Dade county. From the PATH website:   PATH, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We are South Florida’s pioneering Hip hop education organization specializing in history, philosophy and the 5 main elements of Hip Hop (DJing, MCing, B-boy/girling, Urban Art & Knowledge). Our work challenges the negative stereotypes and destructive behaviors often associated with Hip hop culture.   In 2008, The PATH HipHop Summer Academy was presented by Miami Light Project in partnership with Scratch DJ Academy. Teens from all over South Florida connected to learn, create, heal, serve and build lifelong relationships across generations. Since then, we have worked with community partners to train the next generation of Hip Hop artists, leaders, scholars and entrepreneurs in schools, community centers, treatment facilities and the streets. With generous support from public and private donors, the PATH Hip Hop Academy has expanded to include Spring, Summer and Winter programs.   Youth ages 13-19 learn creative, technical and entrepreneurial skills directly from Hip Hop industry professionals, practitioners and pioneers. In addition to the 5 main elements of Hip […]
PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM with Dan Perez. PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018 PATH UrbanArts Class 2018 with instructor MECS AIM. ©George R. Mercado 2018
The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios. The Combat Hippies working on their new performance piece at Sober Studios.

2018.06.08 | The Combat Hippies at Sober Studios

A couple months back, I got to spend an afternoon in the studio with veteran spoken word group The Combat Hippies, Teo Castellanos and Brimstone127 while they collaborated on material for their new project AMAL. The Combat Hippies are a group of Puerto Rican Veterans that channel their creativity through spoken word poetry to educate and inspire. Click the link here to learn more about them and their mission. PATH To Hip Hop Brimstone127 Teo Castellanos Buffalo Brown Music
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