A Tropico Fox

A Tropico Fox

Series 1

Xyla: I think that when you find that creative spark in you it never goes away even if it stays dormant for a while.

Throughout high school I was the jock/ science geek in the family. But, when I got to college I realized that it doesn't leave you.

Fox: But you've dabble in that arts before college?

Xyla: Yeah, but it was only one of those things where you'd draw pictures for your friends.

Though, I've always taken interest in it.

Xyla: Graphic Design

Fox: Did you try to fit art classes if or when you had extra time in law school?

Anais: No... from high school to law school, quit for film school, quit for Los Angeles, quit for New York, then quit to come back to LA.
A lot of quitting but, for good reasons.

Fox: Quitting has such a negative connotation but, I think that your're actually completing steps in a journey instead of not completing anything.

Anais: I see even beyond that. My former economics teacher would call this the "Economics of Happiness".
The equation was to keep subtracting until I found what I liked which was photography.

Anais: Photography, Law

Brendon: ... and I've always wanted to be an astronaut!

Fox: How about your airport project?

Brendon: I was always intrigued with the idea of going from point "A" to point "B".

Fox: And the Greyhound work?

Brendon: Just photos of me traveling on a bus.

Brendon: Photography

Felisia: One time around after graduating I was still digesting what this (art and living in New York) was all about. I got involved with a particular project and someone asked me, "So, what's in it for you?" I thought, "What's in it for me? I don't know." I didn't have the answer and at the time and I was so struck by that question. I said, "I don't know I guess I just want to help you with this project. I have no idea if this will help with my resume, or website, or anything else…"

Fox: You just wanted to do it.

Felisia: Yeah, I didn't think that far! It's like, why can't it just be a nice gesture or support between friends? does it have to give you extra credit in order to climb the ladder?

Felicia: Photography, Art Installation, Motion Picture

Fox: I see that you like to find the honesty in things.

Gianni: I just hate that when something happens it has to be filtered 5 or 10 times before getting to the final viewer.
That's something I can't tolerate.

Fox: And when did you start being in tune to things like that?

Gianni: A couple years ago and maybe from reading books. You shouldn't believe everything that's said.
Just question everything.

Gianni: Photography, Architecture, Aerospace Engineering

Sahara: ... she said to me that, "This is neither a formal portrait nor a candid moment." and kinda just placed it as an 'in-between.'

Matt: Maybe you should just look at that as it is what you do... and you don't do either of those things. So, why is that bad? Why can it not be two things?


Matt: Photography, Journalism, Anthropology

Sahara: Writing, Photography

Fox: That sounds quite the pilgrimage for your dad and yourself. Whats next with those photos?

Rafael: I have to see if its personal enough to have the strength and meaning to be shown to people.

Fox: And of architecture?

Rafael: I still like it. With architecture, you depend on a lot of people; the investors and people respecting or not respecting the design. Photography is a way of control for me. We'll see in the long run if I could combine both.

Rafael: Architecture, Photography

Trina: … I wouldn't be able to freelance. So, I told her, "I have to decline." and then she said, "What if we made it financially feasible for you?" It was the hardest decision that I had to make to decline something good. I just want to make a name for myself.


Leah: I bought this necklace without knowing anything about it. It's green agate and after a lady told me it enhances mental and emotional flexibility and improves decision-making and that it's useful in resolving disputes. It was a weird coincidence.


Trina: Floral Design

Leah: Makeup

Sarah: ... because if those are your roots then you'd already have a lot of time where you were working on something really different and it's gonna be interesting to see if there's a reciprocity going on. It's like if you return to something it isn't really a return because you've change by that time.

Fox: Because you've always had it with you...

Sarah: But you can't contain it. You can't have it locked away somewhere inside a little box where it just stays the same. That doesn't work. You change and so everything changes with you.

Sarah: Photography, Political Science, History

Harold: If you want to talk about nice guys finishing last there is still truth to that. Maybe its quality and nice guys finish last because they're the ones that keep going. Thats why they finish last. You could finish first but then you're done. Thats what finishing is that you're done. I think people mistook that philosophy because they didn't read between the lines. Nice guys finish last because they keep going.


Ryan: I got rid of that. I took that right out of my formula cause that was not working. And you wonder why things don't work out. When you do certain things over and over how can you expect anything new to happen to you. Its not about accumulation right now its more about stripping away things back down to the basics.


Harold: Music

Ryan: Music, Poetry, Graphic Design

On going work capturing the dissection of individuals and the social make up of groups and communities presented in typology fashion.

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