2015 was such an up and down year for me. I can get into the whole personal stuff, but it gets no one anywhere. What’s done is done, now for my photography work for 2015 it has been a huge jump in exposure. Again, this is still a hobby of mine as I would love for it to be my full-time job, but I’m still not there yet personally. This past year I’ve made so many new friends, met many followers. It’s surreal at times when I get stopped at shows to say ‘hey man i follow you, love your work/car’ it’s an awesome feeling I must admit. Lately my photography has been more as therapy, either hanging out with friends, by myself, it’s something about dusting off my camera and I look through that viewfinder and my worries just leaves my mind.
I needed that today so my buddy Mike woke me up around 11am and told me to meet him at the Starbucks near downtown Eau Gallie. It’s been over 2 weeks since I’ve moved my S2000 as well, so that was another treat for today. After some much-needed caffeine we drove around and spotted some cool locations for some pictures. We’re not much known for cool graffiti walls so there’s only so much we can shoot around here. It was the right amount to get me out of this funk and I appreciate Mike for getting me out. Anyways, here are the couple snaps. Lots going on these next few months though so I can’t wait to show you all the upcoming Motorsports events and meets and shows!
Flickr for the Hi-Res shots – S2000 and CC
I was disappointed to only see very few S2000’s at SEMA this year (past year now). The guys over at Evasive Motorsports never seem to disappoint with their car builds. More so that all of their builds are purpose built for racing. Ever since seeing the first post on the build thread over at s2ki I just drooled over the parts list. Fully built motor, HKS supercharger, full voltex aero, custom cage, it’s just a true s2000 enthusiast’s dream car. Upon my birthday, they finally released a full shot of their 3rd fully built S2000 and my jaw dropped. Hearing it on the dyno as well was such a treat. To my surprised I finally was able to see this blue smurf up close. It just screams clean, simple, and deadly on the track. I might have taken some ideas to do to my S2000 as well 😉
Full Flickr Time Attack Smurf Set
Well it’s that time again, for gorgeous cool weather, smell of fresh wax and tire shine and of course la brujha. If you don’t know what the brujha is, you’re lucky. Apart from the drinking, Simply Clean goes deeper than the average car show. If we go back a few years back Nickoli always stressed the importance of Family. With social media getting bigger and bigger so does your friend circle. Simply Clean with how big and popular it is, brings everyone under one roof. Thankfully this year the rain stayed away and everything felt even more organized than the previous years. It was great talking to old friends and meeting new people. Always taken back when I’m walking around taking pictures and someone new stops me to say what’s up cause they follow me or know of me because of my car. That’s what keeps me coming to Simply Clean shows, you are always guaranteed and awesome time. Big shout-out to all of the staff at Simply Clean, much much love!
Full Flickr Set – Simply Clean 7
It’s been 3 years since I’ve been to my first Titan Motorsports open house and its crazy how much has changed, especially with the scene. It’s nice to see a power house like Titan Motorsports bring in a good mixture of cars. But the real reason wasn’t just for a meet, it was to raise money for their favorite charity, The Just in Queso foundation founded by Tijuana Flats. They help the near by community with food straight from Tijuana Flats. Last year they raised over $14k, which is amazing! But this year they want to beat it! Hopefully we’ll get word soon that they did. But I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking, enjoy everyone!
This year will be my 10 year anniversary with my baby girl, I feel like I need to get her something or do something for her… maybe take an amazing photoshoot with an awesome backdrop and print it out. Hmm, we’ll see how the rest of the year looks like. I did want to start in the power department but my stupid head can’t keep its mind on what to do. But how she sits now I couldn’t be anymore happier. Its exactly what I wanted her to look, aggressive as hell and breaking necks.
Couple of life changing moments has happen this year so I’ve been trying to deal with that as best as I can. The only thing I can turn to that can make me feel better or forget my stuff is my photography and Summer. I just get into a groove, my own world, it’s just me and my work. At my worse point one day I decided to stop by a location along side the beach to take my mind off of things. These are a little dark than my usual edits but I think it fit my mood at the time. Anyways, enjoy everyone.
Another year and another amazing time at this year’s Simply Clean event. We come to Destination Daytona at 7:30am and the long lines were already forming outside. This year was a little different for me personally because I was secretly working on my car for the past 3 weeks as my full fender flare kit from Circuit Garage finally came in almost a year and 3 months of waiting. You had no idea how hard it was not posting any updates on my progress, only my girlfriend Roxie knew about it. My boys at De’Caudella’s auto body shop did an amazing job on Summer and with the attention she got at CCW Pre-Meet and Simply Clean 6 show it was all worth it!
The show it self was good as well, Nickoli always puts the right mix of cars inside the pavilion. As always its the meeting of old friends from all over the east coast that you don’t regularly see is awesome. I also met a lot of new faces too from my instagram which was always nice to put faces behind the screen names. Thanks again Nickoli and the rest of the staff at Simply Clean, you made another successful show. Time to see what’s in store for 2015! #sc7prep
Full Simply Clean 6 Set – https://www.flickr.com/photos/djdorifto/sets/72157649116225427/
Finally got around to finishing up the last bit of photos from SoWo. Had a blast but I’m definitely seeing an age gap with all the hard drinking and partying. It kept a good crowd at our hotel parking lot so it wasn’t all too bad. Anyways, this will probably be my last SoWo as I want to use my vacation time and money on bigger trips, like Japan and Germany for car events. Enjoy the photo set everyone!
Last weekend I was over for the annual Art Basel show over in Miami, Fl. I don’t attend the actual show itself… that isn’t my thing. What I do go down there for is the amazing display of graffiti and street art displayed on abandon builds, warehouses, and store walls. Sadly I’m still editing the graffiti pictures, but I did finish a few of some cars I shot out there. Enjoy guys!
Flickr Hi-Res Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/djdorifto/sets/72157638640302915/
This past Saturday Titan Motorsports opened their doors once again for their annual open house car meet. I haven’t been to their new location and just by driving up to their building you can smell the high octane in the air. It’s just insane all of the car’s they own and tune under one house. Add up all of the horsepower you and your family have under on roof and you still won’t come up with half of what their cars put out. It was great for them to open the doors to the stance out scene out there, its nice to bring all vehicles under one roof for a day.
Flickr Set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/djdorifto/sets/72157629569287831/with/6830548290/
Big shout out goes to Simply Clean for having my car as the booth car: http://iamsimplyclean.com/
and to HighwayStar Garage for the beer and laughs!: http://www.highwaystargarage.com/store/
It always nice to go out with fellow photographers to do some late night pictures. Its nicer when they too have a nice car for me to photograph other than my own. This Volkswagen GLI is no exception, it had before CCW Classics like my car, but he wanted to upgrade to a crazier sizing and new look, so he went with a CCW LM5 face wheel. Beautiful polished wheels looks amazing on a dark color car. Hope to do an extensive photoshoot soon, I want to see these wheels shine in the sun light.
Flickr Set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/djdorifto/sets/72157629496949235/