The past few months for me have involved a lot of reading and paper writing, so I was pretty excited when my friend Greg Nissen told me he was coming up to Seattle for the day on Friday and asked if I wanted to hang out and shoot some photos. Greg is a super talented kid that I met through the Internet thanks to Drew Levin. He’s been doing great work up and down the West Coast, with his work for Seattle hip hop artist Macklemore receiving the most acclaim. But Greg is a really centered person and we had some great talks about mindfulness practice and meditation amidst our walk this past Friday.
We met up at Glazer’s in Seattle since he was picking up some film developer, then quickly headed down to the market to find some interesting characters to shoot. While Greg will likely have a whole roll of film of unique individuals, I was mostly enjoying the sun and watching Greg work. After we walked around for a bit, we headed to the Seattle Art Museum to hang out with Geo since the Blue Scholars were playing at SAM’s “Teen Night Out,” an event that happens three times a year and exposes students from the greater Seattle area to a range of arts. It was awesome to see high school students so excited about art and asking great questions of Geo and others about the significance of different art pieces and periods of art history. Below are some photos from the walk with Greg, as well as two gif’s I made from my photos of Geo getting the crowd excited during their short performance at the end of the night.
Oregon will always hold a special place in my heart, both for three years I spent at Willamette University and the time I’ve spent amidst the culinary and artistic offerings of Portland. I took some time away from unemployment, I mean, working on my NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application recently to visit some friends down in Oregon this past weekend, as well as make a trip to see some of Nacho‘s art that his wife put up on Willamette’s campus. I knew the trip was going to be emotionally challenging, but I knew I wanted to see his work before it was sent to the East Coast to be hung in his sister’s restaurant. While a fair bit of crying and reflection took place on the trip, I also was able to spend a lot of time with friends and food, pictures of which are located below.
Over the weekend, my good friends Laurel and Lauren came up to celebrate Laurel’s birthday with friends and family in the area. Laurel grew up on Bainbridge Island, and as part of her birthday festivities, took some of us out sailing on Saturday before hosting a fantastic dinner on the island. I brought my camera with me, assuming we were going to have a blast, and I was so glad I did. I haven’t posted a serious photo update, but I had so much fun this weekend I really couldn’t sit on these photos very long. Enjoy!
As some of you know, shortly after my 22nd birthday, I hopped on a plane to Paris, France to help get my sister settled in for her French immersion/study abroad experience. While I’ve been to a number of diverse cities in the world, the convergence of old and new, especially in terms of art and culture, had me very excited to visit Paris. Perhaps the best part of this trip, not to psyche myself out, is that even if Paris is miserable, I’ll be spending 8 days in Vienna visiting family, which is easily one of my favorite cities, and what often feels like a second home. That being said, here’s what Paris has been like so far:
After a tedious process of creating and recreating portfolio websites for my photography, I’ve decided to return to Flickr after almost 3 years. I’m doing this for 2 reasons. First, it allows people to comment on my photos in a very easy way, and second, through Flickr I’m meeting and connecting with far more photographers than I was before, since the Flickr community is quite rich.
While there aren’t many photos up yet, but there will be soon. I’ve listed some sets below that haven’t had images migrated over.