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Winter Wonder Land   1 comment

Here in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania snow can become abundant. Due to its’ geographical location. Rather modest altitude of sixteen thousand feet. Lake effect from the Great Lakes, and its’ mountain region sitting on a plateau. You better get used to looking like you came from the Mountain as you go to town to shop.

The pictures rest from my town called Tobyhanna.”Tobyahanna” is derived from an American Indian word meaing “a stream whose banks are fringed with alder.” Known for the ice the lake supplied in the early nineteen hundreds. So needed was this ice in came a train station. But today more famously known for The Tobyhanna Army Depot. Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest, full-service electronics maintenance facility in the Department of Defense. But in recent times many New Yorkers have found this area for vacation homes and permanent residency. Due to the proximity of The Big Apple.

Just a few photographs after a rather calm six to eight inches of snow. Temperature was listed at zero degrees on this day January 3, 2014.

As cold as it is, there is going to be pleasant scenery. So while the wind howls, and the trees sway, enjoy the winter months, for it will soon go away. Stay warm... "The house on the lake"

  “La Casa Del Lago”                                                                                                                                                       As cold as it is, there is going to be pleasant scenery. So while the wind howls, and the trees sway, enjoy the winter months, for it will soon go away. Stay warm…
“The house on the lake”

"The Day After" Early sunrise, after a long snowy night. Presents to my eyes, such beautiful light.

“The Day After”
Early sunrise, after a long snowy night. Presents to my eyes, such beautiful light.

Live In Black And White   Leave a comment


Image   Image

I have always wanted to photograph a live performance in black and white. After many of the iconic

pictures of many past great artist recorded this way. I find it Raw. Stripped down to the bare soul.

Johnny King Live At The Shrine…

Sweet Sounds, A Catchy Phrase, 1000 Miles and a Company was Born   Leave a comment

Looking East And West

Bryant Park, N.Y.C- Looking East And West At 41st Street

“Lollipops and candy apples, sweet as sugah, yeah, take me in your arms and hold me, baby would you, yeah yeah, sugah, would you,  would ypu, oh sugah, vibrations coming from inside you makes me know your into Living from The Mind” Lyrics by the funk band Brick. Boy was this sweet. Yeah year 1977 I moved to a City called Los Angeles. You say L.A.-Say What! I hated every thing about it, but a few young ladies and the weather. Time to smoke some bo get drunk to help me find the funk. Yeah they used to say that behind pink star sun glasses with curlers in their hair. Culture shock-fish out of water-I need to catch a plane back to the future or at least N.Y. They were into funk, New York was into Disco. There was nothing like seeing a block setting up for a block party in N.Y. DJ with the massive speaker system and dual turntables. Crowds of folks coming from every where, to hear the mixes and hustle baby. Folks would dance to endless DJ mixes. Phasing from one part of the same song to another. This creates a mid range sans bottom. Well Brick incorporated this mid sound in Living From The Mind I was used to hearing in N.Y. That was extent they caught up. I left for N.Y. in 1979. Love Funk now and never forgot about my band Brick.

Mechanisms, instruments, optics and lenses=Minolta. I played out side from sun up till well someone told me come home. Kick the can was played at night. So you may not find me, cause if my Mom said so, I went inside. Are you still looking? The bits and pieces of watching television were usually cartoons. No there was not a cartoon network. This was a morning venture only. You have to remember the action was outside. The little I did watch tv as I grew older, I liked the Minolta commercial jingle “Only From The Mind of Minolta” Some things just stick with you. Time frame mid ’80’s

World Trade Center and Upper Bethel, Pa. After commuting to my W-2 in New York City via my car, ride share or commuter buses. I had to make a decision due to congestion from the closing of the tunnels into N.Y. So I transferred to Staten Island. Some time within the year and a half I spent there I decided to photograph all the beautiful sunrises, sunsets and the trip itself. So I found a woman in Upper Bethel whom was selling a Minolta camera. Remembering the jingle, I felt how can I go wrong. Quickly getting the bug, I was handing The Ritz a roll of film a day. A two hour drive would turn into four. When i bought a tripod, I would pull over onto the shoulder and snap my photo as cars wizzed by. Or I would here and smell the sounds of farms. Sometimes both, cars and the farm. You have to love it-you do strange things when you do.

“Oh I Wish I Had A Picture”

Anthony Leyro-Images 4 Your Mind, LLC

Razesa and Me   1 comment

As many may know I Photograph with Instant Film. Instant Film housed in a Polaroid 405. A Scneider 135MM f4.7 lens in a Crown Graphic Body. Rochester built with a 2 cell, 5″-7″ reflector. Firing bulbs Baby! Many times the process involves conversation just because of the camera itself. Recently I was approached by a gentleman named Ben. Of course we spoke a while about cameras and Instant Pictures. Some how the conversation turned to my children, where they attend college and the borough I spent my childhood. Which happens to be Queens. He caught me by surprise through his word association. Some how Queens meant the Velodrome to him. Unknowingly to Ben it meant a lot to me also. Many years ago I purchased a poor mans bicycle-fix wheel-from Kissena Cycles-builder Al Toefield. Al is known throughout the cycle scene in NY as far back as the ’40s. Al, Founder of Kissena Cycling Club, with two others influenced “The Track of Drems”-Kissena Park Velodrome. The only public bicycle track in NY.

Al measured me for the build and I chose a matte black finish for my two wheeler. Mr Toefield would also offer a chance for me to join the club and wear the jersey on the bank track. I was more interested in its usage for my transportation needs. Never saw or heard of the Span built-Razesa. But in Washington Square Park, I did confer with a group of messengers, whom applied all type of tricks with their Razesas. Locking a pose, riding backwards etc..Very cool.

As a natural progression I was very intertested in the Tour De France. Along came the Spaniard Miguel Indurain, who would win five Tours in the early 90s riding for the Banesto Team. For a year Razesa built a Cycle for the Banesto Team. Miguel and the Banesto rode the Razesa to victory circle taking the brand into cycling history. This beast of a rider actually rode the product I have built by a NY track icon. Very nice.


Pedal Stand. Razesa and Me, April 1988.


Ready to ride. Razesa and Me, April 1988

The very night Ben wondered out loud if he can have my jewel. I set my eyes upon it in my attic. It was two o’clock in the morning. Overcome with fulfillment and remebering all the pleasure we had together so glad I kept ya.

Anthony Leyro

His Mother Gave Birth To Twins!   Leave a comment

Anthony Leyro for I4YM-2011

“The Card Game” -Model: Mike Quiteh.

Anthony Leyro for I4YM-2012

“The Classic Triple”- Model: Mike Quiteh.

His Mother Gave Birth To Twins! Is the funniest reply to to the photo I call “The Card Game”. Actually from a Veteran Photographer whom could not come to terms that I would be able to produce such a photo. Without recourse to such a reaction to the photo, I came up with an idea to prove him incorrect. “The Card Game” was taken in the December-2011 and shown in January-2012. I appraised the Model Mike Quiteh we would have to get together again when possible. The possibility would be in the middle of the same winter, February-2012. By this time I had full confidence from Mike in producing something unusual. With the freedom to pose as he wished, we produced the “Classic Triple”. Now Sir I must tell you “His Mother Gave Birth To Triplets”!

Photo by: Anthony Leyro for Images 4 Your Mind, LLC. Model: Mike “Big Play” Quiteh. Assistant: Phillip Leyro. Special thanks to my Teacher-Mentor: Louis Mendes. Camera: Crown Graphic. Film: Kodak Ektar 4×5 Sheet Film and Fuji Astia 4×5 Sheet Film. Photos to placed in the HK Artists In The Kitchen. Org yearly magazine “At The Edge”as an advertisement. Founder: Michael Marcus Felber . Chief Editor: Mike Felber. Head of Studio Photography-Photo Documentarian Anthony Leyro- Images 4 Your Mind, LLC

The Photographer   Leave a comment

The Photo

Photo by Anthony Leyro for I4YM. Exposure with Crown Graphic and Fuji Instant Film

What do we do? Very simply, we record a still visual of time. There are many types, from the family photographer to the Professional, all worthy of this common goal. My most cherished photos were shuttered by my Pop, Ferdinand Leyro. Always camera ready, just as the Professional is. My Pop carried a point and shoot. Exactly what he did. He shot everything, including their laundry next you. That is where the separation occurs, for the Pro would have “cleaned the composition” before shutter release. Never mind technical aspects of the camera itself. That’s a different topic. Just a simple recording, which will be a classic in twenty years. Thanks Pop for “The Classics”.

Anthony Leyro-Images 4 Your Mind, LLC

Documenting Artists In The Kitchen. Org   Leave a comment

Artists In The Kitchen

 What a wonderful experience this has been! Documenting the Artist for the Organization Artists In The Kitchen Org. all started when I submitted a photo to its effervescent Founder Michael Marcus Felber. I did not know Michael needed a Photographer until we had a meeting at his favorite local coffee shop. Michael does not drink coffee, but came with a shopping list of chores for me. Yes I needed a refill, for this led me on a journey throughout HK. My assignment: Photograph Proprietors, HK Artists, Architecture, Gardens, and Residents.

On my schedule were meetings with some of the oldest establishments and accomplished Artist such as: Poseidon Bakery, Espositos, Gloria Schloss, and Jim Seffens (at his Studio). Poseidon Bakery and Espositos are generations old establishments. The wonderfully warm and humble Gloria Schloss, and the late Alec Schloss, provided art displayed and bought all over the world. Jim Seffens, with his creative artistry, was the tip of what I would find to be a very huge talent base within this small Manhattan community. Some of which, along with Jim, supplied the accompanying Theater District with their much-needed artistry. Let the Play go on…

Unbeknownst to me, all the fun I was having led Michael to knighting me “Director Of Studio Photography”. Upon contacting Artists (whom were registered with the Org.) and receiving assignments, I was scheduled to photograph much of their artwork for promotion. Many of which was within their home and some while they painted or displayed during the three day Hells Kitchen Artists In The Kitchen Festival.

The three day festival, a walking tour of the HK, was a sleepless, adrenaline fused weekend. Opening at Lucky Strike Lanes, featuring a silent auction for Artist, while the Entertainers entertained. Day two and three: countless displays by Artists, within many of the fine Establishments and their residences in HK. Entertainers kept the night air full. Offering the ability to enjoy a meal, then step to the bar. All while the band play at famed Establishments such as The Hour Glass Tavern on HK’s Restaurant Row-Priceless.

I accompanied Michael to many locations within HK overtime. But one completely refreshed and gave me such a feeling of relaxment when we stepped over its threshold. Bar Nine. Bar Nine is where the Festival would end and those would meet for final goodbyes. Kudos “cause by then I needed what Bar Nine provided me.

Anthony Leyro-Images 4 Your Mind, LLC


HK Art Tour 2012-Digital Editing by: Anthony Leyro

Special Thanks: Michael Marcus Felber, Dorothy Krakauer, Scott Goodwillie, Lucicano of Merilu Pizza, Josh of the Hour Glass Tavern, Nadine Charleson, Jacy Topps, and Mike Felber.