Thursday, July 31, 2014


In a few days I am heading North to reset, re-define boundaries.
Right now I'm nervous. But this is something I need to do.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Vision 8: What you see is not what you see.

A lot of times things turn out differently than what's expected.
There were a few rolls in 2011 that I shot on the Bronica to later find out the eye piece was messed up, and everything was out of focus. It was by far not my first time dealing with unexpected results from a roll of film, but it was definitely not what I saw when I originally took the images.
There's something there though. And that's actually what I love about film--there's that gap in time between shooting and developing, you don't get to see anything for a while. A lot of times that works against me--I build up a hype in my mind about some of the shots will be, and then I see them, and come back down.
It's been 3 years since I got the following images back, and at first I was pissed. But that portrait, last in this sequence, wouldn't have happened had it not been for my broken eye piece.

Joshua Tree, CA, Summer 2011

Monday, July 7, 2014

Vision 7: Everything is Mundane, until you see the 100 ft wall of water

Back in the summer of 2011 I took a trip to the East Coast to visit with my dear friend Ivan. We will both admit that some parts of this trip were challenging--traveling with someone for the first time, unexpected conflicts can come up. New York is hot and sticky and agitating. There were parts of the trip that were just plain old long. I think we both emerged much closer friends, but the feeling I have when I look at these pictures illuminates it--everything is mundane until you see that waterfall. 
Our last few days we were both exhausted--our trip took us from New York to Conneticut to Rhode Island, then back to New York, to Toronto, and ended in Niagara Falls, NY. On the last day Ivan found out that his cat was really sick. There was really nothing he could do, but it was hard to know and be so helpless. We decided to go to see Niagara falls. It both hit us right where it needed to, like an incredible force of change. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Vision 6: Family

I don't get to photograph them often.
There's something about hands, something about being guarded: Not sure they want to be seen.

From top to bottom:
-July 8th, 2012 Santa Cruz, CA
-February 2011, Bellevue, WA
-July 2011, Somewhere on I-5 bettween LA & SF, CA