I’ll be kicking off this December with a double-decker banana Sunday type blog post thingy… The December desktop calendar – celebrating family and the outdoors AND a formal announcement for a SF photography workshop for 5 people who want to learn how to get really great photos out of their DSLR.
If there’s a magazine in the Bay Area that seems to sing to my skill set and interests, it is Bay Nature. Bay Nature is an organic journey into all things natural that shape our landscapes and inspire the people who live in them. Everything from redwoods, to tiny rare annual plants to mushrooms to the people who help conserve the resources live in this regional magazine. Its the whole ecosystem, the anthropocene at its finest. (I just learned to embrace this word at the 1st ever Society for Conservation Biology Congress in Oakland at which I spoke on some of my ecological work in the Oakland Hills and beyond)
My wife makes amazing happen regularly. And yes, it is a noun.
She helps create a positive environment for kids that allows them to reach their potential and become the next leaders to break glass ceilings and brick walls alike. This is a quick post to celebrate the 4th ever graduating class of seniors from an East Oakland revolutionary charter school named Lighthouse.
When Adam and Maya rode up to the engagement session on bikes, I knew instantly knew they were going to be awesome. Although a bit camera shy at first, I can’t imagine a better engagement/lifestyle session. By the end of our walk in the park, I can truly say that they are the quintessential Oaktown couple – creative, passionate, and real. They’re getting married this weekend and I bet it will be fun!
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