Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Larry Sultan 1946-2009
I had the great pleasure of working with Larry Sultan and each time was a breath of fresh air. I was always fascinated how he spoke with such intrigue about the subjects he was shooting or looking forward to. The last time I saw him we were waiting for files of Gov. Newson to backup to a drive so he could take them home. He lit a cigarette and just started chatting. We sat there for a while going back and forth on a bench in the middle of downtown SF and I walked away feeling incredibly fortunate to have had the experience. These images are some of my favorite.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I have a dear friend, his name is Brendan, and he comes from a miracle family from Pasadena. I watched a 43 minute segment of Brendan's brother, Kenneth, on KCRW online with Chris Douridas live this morning. The kid is madd talented and I can't wait until he makes it up to the Bay. If you like music with straight soul and a bit a somber warmth, you'll like Kenneth Pattengale. The kid started recording when he was 19 while at USC and has just put out his 7th record, Speak, this week. Put this on for some background, click on the "watch" button and let me know what you think. I really dig the shitty online video. Or you can check out his site here. So nice to hear something original. For all you LA kids, he's playing at Hotel Cafe on the 10th which is an epic venue. Ally status.I think you might even walk with a CD if you show. Have fun and happy listening.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
My dearest friend in the Bay has left San Francisco to become a ski instructor in Taos for the winter and who knows after that. Shanelle aka Shandelle is a jewel of a friend and I can't say I would have gotten into half the trouble if I didn't have her by my side. She was my wing lady and now I am limping a little. Shandelle made a whole hearted decision to move to Taos to live and work in the snow, and I am little jealous, but I found roundtrip travel for under $250 in March so I have that to look forward to. Garrett bought a $1500 tanka truck that runs on veggi oil from a scientist in Santa Maria to drive her through the desert and into the mountains of New Mexico. Here are a few snaps of the beast from the night before the departure.
Goes to show you can do anything you want. Happy living.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I like cubbies, the little places you have to go seek.
I also like Indian Jones. Hands down, The Last Crusade is one of my most all time favorite films. I've enjoyed films from the Goonies to National Treasure, and have been intrigued with the legacy of a culture and how it is protected then sought back out through artifacts (maps). So, when I found myself at an art event with no art and was handed a map, I have to say I was a bit intrigued.
I have been doing the photography for a project with local artist Leigh McCarthy who was a part of a group show that showed in the spiral cases up on Market Street/Portola in Twin Peaks a few weeks back. It was at her event I was handed the map. I took the 67 bus up and romped back down to the Mission as my excursion. Here's a little peek at what was up.
So, it was nice to see that the city I live it thought that public art in public spaces was a good idea and already put the final touches on a city wide project Art in Storefronts. This project temporarily places original art installations by San Francisco artists in vacant storefront windows, engaging local artist in the revitalization of neighborhoods hard-hit by the economic downturn put on by the SF Arts Commission, Triple Base Gallery, and the San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development.
This is the most original and inspiring way I have seen art displayed. The project allowed a unique opportunity of artist to showcase their creativity into free exhibition spaces while gathering public recognition for their work.
Same idea from before. Paper map and addresses to the art locations = adventure. I like. Tall cans + bus ride downtown. Here are a few snaps from the exploration.
Way to go MendeDesign for pumpin' out a sick adventure map. Green-e cerified, chlorine free and made in the USA. what what.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I've been snowboarding for the last decade. The first snowfall is a highly anticipated moment of the year. This winter will be different from the others because this year I will be living in Truckee and photographing the development of the town, resorts and roads while setting up the Tahoe chapter of the Snowrider Project. This project will be my act of engagement in the things I value the most; photography, beer drinking, snowboarding, and gettin' back down to the basics, while reminding those who have forgotten to appreciate the sport and the land it is home to. These images were taken at the beginning of the month in Truckee, California.
Monday, November 9, 2009
veggies on seashore
digi camera on the lower deck vs. mamiya on the bluff... I win.
local kids overhead
Homegrown, little gem of a surf shop behind Whale City Bakery in Davenport, CA
Little lady workin' her way up the coast from Mexico. Tecate in hand, shaper in the back and waves out front. Not too shabby.
I wrapped the day with a trip to The Crack and fish tacos in Halfmoon bay.
I slept like a little baby... Success.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
This is for when you go North.
I always take the Golden Gate Bridge and the 121 over into Napa to get around East Bay traffic, Bay Bridge cable snaps, and the toll bridge. On the 121 right after the split into Sonoma you will find The Fremont. I stopped for a vanilla malt but their menu looks mouthwatering. Happy travels.