Happy New Year!

Cassie in the snowy woods sml

It’s always difficult drifting into a new year for me. I never feel quite ready to release the last one – for all its memories, love, fun, adventure and emotion. Letting go is very hard for me, something I’m always working on. I never want the year to end… endings can feel so lonely to me.

In December of this year, a great hero of our civilization passed on and I guess for 2014 I’d like to integrate his words into all I try to do. Nelson Mandela was amazing in so many ways. A fearless, selfless leader who shared smiles regularly. He was a unifier, a communicator, a savior to many. Continue reading

Warmth and Hope in the Chiliest of Times: January 2013 Desktop Calendar

Happy New Year!

I must say that I’m very sad to see 2012 go (but still excited for 2013 at the same time).  It was a thrilling year with many great happenings.  There were also trying times when it seemed like this place we celebrate as home is aching.  The winter is just the season to allow for rest, regeneration, slow days, and cold cuddle-up-with-someone nights. More to come on recapping 2012 and looking forward to 2013.

Here’s my desktop calendar January – free for all who want to use it as such.  I wanted to celebrate the cold, quiet, slow times and know that they are as important as peak growing season.  Here’s a photo from Yosemite valley celebrating just that.  Click on the photo, then right click and save the image, or see the link below.

Jan 2013 Calendar desktop Yosemite - Lechphoto

Here’s the download to the full size picture for your desktop – Please enjoy!

Welcome Year of the Dragon, Goodbye Rabbit

One morning a friend, Dan Dedrick, recommended the idea of photographing Chinatown, Oakland in the morning.  It was a cool December morning and it seemed like a great way to start off the weekend.  The mood and energy of Chinatown is captivating, electric.  There is a constant commerce that rings through the air, but with that, notes of quiet, patience, and almost longing.  I can’t really explain that staring out into space that you tend to see there.  These are both zen moments at the same time they are glimmers of fatigue, or maybe frustration, or just pure solemn reflection.

The following is a series of photographs that are post processed into high contrast black and white.  Some reveal light, some harbor dark.  With those tones are also contrasting movements, some quick – some graniticly intentional.  They all are part of the Chinatown scene.  Happy year of the Dragon! Continue reading