Austin TX based photographer Ricardo Acevedo brings a sultry heat and keen eye for color, light and shadow to his work. With humor, passion, and a decidedly film noir slant, he focuses his lens on fabulous forms, then layers and manipulates the results to create his intricate and evocative images.Embrace the joys and mysteries of Ricardo Acevedo's work with the 57 images presented here; a few in deep black and white, and most in full rich color.Neil Coleman of Pro-Jex Gallery says this about Acevedo's work: "Ricardo has been pushing his own envelope for years. His work consists of balancing photography, illustration and painting as one. Composing images using models juxtaposed with tattoo-like colors, Ricardo likes to bring a little twist, a little bawdiness and "gotcha" to his photography. "
It is April 2004 and Mehmet Yakis is an archaeology student in Istanbul. After an earthquake fractures a wall of the Aya Sofya, he unearths a lance engraved with the words, Longinus and Dominus, along with the Roman execution record of Jesus of Nazareth. Is it possible he has found the true Lance of Longinus? After Yakis shows his find to a disillusioned French archaeologist, he has no idea that Albert Boucher intends to claim it as his own. But Yakis and Boucher have competition that includes a billionaire, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, two SS officers vying to smuggle the relic out of Turkey, and two unsuspecting tourists who turn up at the wrong place at the wrong time. As new questions arise and a race over land, sea, and in the air begins, the ancient relic becomes an obsession for everyone involved as they are left to contemplate whether it truly has miraculous power, and if so, if it is worth dying for. In this historical thriller, a diverse group of relic hunters each embark on their own dangerous journeyto possess the Roman lance that pierced Jesus’ side.