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International Landscape Photographer Opens Gallery in Downtown Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, FL – May 13, 2019 – As an international landscape photographer for the past 20 years, Noël de Christián has journeyed to more than two dozen countries "documenting areas for posterity," but it was close to home, in Downtown Hollywood, Florida, where his longtime dream of owning his own gallery became a reality.

"This is the culmination of my career as a photographer," said the Miami native, who opened Noël de Christián Photography Gallery April 13 in a 1,100-square-foot space at 120 S. 20th Avenue.

De Christián has digitally captured stunning landscapes throughout North America, South America and Europe, in locales that include the Everglades, Hawaii, western Canada, Paris and Iceland, which he calls "the most photographic place" because of its beauty and "how powerful nature is there."

Landscape and travel photography is "truly my calling and passion," he said. "I have a need to try to conserve the natural green spaces that are left. It's my way of showcasing planet Earth."

Large-format prints of about a dozen of de Christián's photographs are on display, ranging in size to 60 inches by 40 inches. He prefers large-format prints because the experience is "more immersive for the viewer." He also will be offering a limited number of 30 different prints in smaller sizes starting at 12 inches by 8 inches. Prices range from $150 for a small print to $4,000 for the largest print.

De Christián’s entire portfolio is available on his website or can be viewed by gallery visitors on his iPad. He welcomes browsers to "just come and see beautiful works of nature and hang out, with no pressure to buy anything."

De Christián, who bought his first camera, a Canon 630, around 1985 and practiced his new hobby using his 18-year-old sister Perla as his model, has since displayed his work in various galleries around the country. With the opening of his own gallery in Hollywood's historic downtown arts, music and entertainment district, de Christián’s journey has come full circle.

He looked at numerous South Florida locations before discovering Downtown Hollywood, "an up-and-coming area with so much going for it," including affordable commercial space.

"There's a vibrancy to the area. This is really, really important to my business," de Christián said. "Downtown Hollywood has everything I'm looking for. This is really a happening place."

Noël de Christián Photography Gallery is open from 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday - Sunday. Monthly two-part photography classes for beginners to learn about composition, lighting and posing in a fun environment (participants are encouraged to bring their own wine) are also offered. Two three-hour classes are $149 and limited to 10 adults. The next session is Wed., May 22 in the evening and in the morning on Sat., May 25, when participants will go around Downtown Hollywood and put into practice what they learned.

De Christián is also available for private photography lessons or photo expeditions in the South Florida area. For more information, call 954-777-3000, email noel@noeldechristian.com or visit www.noeldechristian.com.

Downtown Hollywood offers on-street metered parking for $1.50 per hour, as well as municipal garage parking for $1 per hour. Municipal garage locations are:  251 S. 20th Avenue (between Harrison Street and Van Buren Street) and 251 N. 19th Avenue Municipal Garage (between Tyler Street & Polk Street).

For more information about redevelopment projects, businesses and events in Hollywood's Downtown and Beach Districts, call the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) at 954-924-2980 or visit www.hollywoodcra.org.

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Media Contact:
Lisa Liotta, Redevelopment Manager
City of Hollywood CRA
Office: 954-924-2980
lliotta@hollywoodfl.org

Hollywood CRA, 1948 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33020

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Print Selection Is Growing

Because I realize that not everyone has the space, or budget, for a large format print in their home or business, I’ve produced smaller size prints just in time for Mother’s Day. The new smaller prints vary in sizes from 8x12 to 10x17 and come with the same backing material as the others in the gallery - 1/4 inch sintra. These prints are printed on aluminum with the backing material behind to provide each piece with sturdiness and durability. Like their larger counterparts, the smaller prints come with a metal float frame that provides further stability and elegance while making them easy to hang on any wall. The new prints are vistas from various parts of the world and ordering them in a larger size is always available. Come by the gallery to now see over 40 prints in various sizes, colors and subject matter.

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The Grand Opening

Finally the dream has become a reality as my own gallery has opened  its doors in April 2019.  Though I´ve had success displaying my photography in various galleries around the country, the number and scale of images I wanted to display was always a concern.  I also wanted to have a space to showcase my work without limitations to size, color or subject matter all of which can be concerns for various galleries.  After growing tired of looking for the ideal space to house my images, I came across what I considered was the perfect spot in downtown Hollywood, Florida.  Right in the heart of the Art District and bustling with action, the space was already being used as an artist workshop so all it needed was some changes in order to transform it to what I needed.  After a month of hard work, the gallery opened its doors on April 13, 2019 to a wonderful reception of friends and family.  Seriously, I coundn´t have asked for more. 

Due to the location´s “artsy” lifestyle, the gallery was well received by patrons and fellow business neighbors along with the City of Hollywood.  The gallery will not only be showcasing my landscape photography but will also be the place to hold photography classes.  The first round of classes are geared towards the beginner wishing to simply take better pictures.  No fancy camera equipment will be needed but a good disposition to learn and have fun is.  Of course,  in keeping with my heritage, I encourage participants to bring their favorite wine to class and share the joy of making new friends and learning a thing or two about photography.  Check out my website for further details on the classes and to register.

Next time you´re wondering through Hollywood, stop on by and say ¨hello¨.  Check out the large prints on the walls and enjoy the space.  No pressure to buy anything so come on by.  The address is 120 South 20 Avenue, Hollywood, FL, 33020.

See you soon.

Noel de Christian Grand Opening on April 13th 2019
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I love Naples, Florida

Photographing Naples for Neapolitan Magazine is always such a pleasure. Firstly, I love the drive to Naples from Fort Lauderdale because it cuts through the heart of the Everglades. As a landscape photographer, I love the Everglades. Secondly, I just happen to love the feel and sophistication of Naples.

For this particular session, as I drove closer to Naples the weather started getting a bit rough. Though the rain and lightning were threatening my photo session, it also provided me with a chance for a wonderful sunset if the clouds moved just a bit to the west. Well, the the weather Gods were on my side that afternoon because I stepped into a beach that was aglow with a mixture of clouds and sunset colors. Thankfully, I was able to take the necessary shots to supply Neapolitan with a cool image for them to use (page 25). You can see the magazine here.

I ended up with several images of the iconic Naples pier with the sun setting behind it. You can check out some of these images by visiting my portfolio.

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