Archive for September, 2013

Alameda Jungle

These photos are part of a working series that I started pretty much the moment I moved to Alameda. This island (which definitely feels separate from the rest of the bay) has a pretty unique landscape. Sleepy suburbia is mixed with the overgrown trees and brush which is constantly being trimmed back to perfection. Throw some light into the mix and you have the Alameda Jungle. There is a utopian quality that exists in Alameda that is appealing for older folks and people with children; it’s safe, quiet (relatively), close to San Francisco, and separate from the “darkness” that is Oakland. We even have a tunnel that is called the Alameda Portal on one side and the Oakland Portal on the other that literally transports you from one city to the next… Most people in their twenties find this place boring with nothing to do. It reminds me of a place in a Haruki Murakami novel that exists only in the mind. Kind of a bizarre imaginary reflection of something bigger that exists in the real…

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Squares For Thought

This is what I’ve been up to lately! I’ve been taking lots of photos and posting them to flickr, instagram, and Tumblr (just a simple photoblog).  I’m not sure where I’m going with any of it, I just know that taking photos has definitely become a huge part of my daily routine. I recently got a C-41 processing lab (el baño) set up so I can catch up on the big film backlog I have hanging out in my fridge. I’m pretty psyched!

Film has this weird time element that digital escapes entirely and I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not. What I mean is that it takes time from the moment the image is taken to the time you get to see the image in it’s final form (whether a print or just a digital record) and your mind might not be in the same mental state as when you took the image. Certain images that you thought weren’t important might become the shining gems of a roll. But sometimes this can be hard because I can’t remember why each image I took was important. So far I haven’t really been keeping notes and most of these images below were taken months ago. I have noticed though that certain themes keep getting my attention and that certain compositions are almost always present whether I’m conscious of them or not. This is kind of neat to me because I can look back at a collection of random photos and categorize them. This has made taking photos even more fun for me (and definitely more important) because I’m starting to trust my intuition and take photos for no other reason than to shoot. For me, when I start to think about what I’m doing or the meaning behind something my thoughts start to get in the way of actual creativity/productivity. And in general, I’d rather do now and figure out what it all means later.

We can’t predict the future, but at least we can shape how we see the past…

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