The incessant and alluring movement of the oceans water has been part of my life from the day I was born up until today. Being by, in, on, or around the ocean makes me happy, and fascinates me in a magical trance. Bobbing around in the ocean has taught me to let go of control - when we're out in the ocean we are completely at the mercy of Mother Nature, so any type of ego is quickly humbled by a big crashing wave.
Nowadays I spend a lot of my time surfing, so I find myself avoiding crowds at all costs, and it is part of the reason I call the Central Coast of California home. Whether on my board or floating with a camera I am always stoked to be in the water.
I live inside a house, but the Earth is my true home. Need I say much more? What a beautiful world we live in! I'm always in awe of the Earth's beauty whenever I am lucky enough to travel, and I can't help but try to capture it inside my camera to save for later.
I primarily shoot film with the Nikonos iii - an underwater film camera from 1975. I was lucky enough to buy this camera from a lady in Santa Barbara. She sold me the camera for $50, and I am incredibly stoked to own it! It took a little bit of trial and error to find success, but that is just part of the journey.
I've found that shooting film is extremely rewarding and seemingly more leisurely than shooting digital. It forces me to be more decisive, and leaves me without the option to look at the photo I just took, so after making an exposure I get to move on and hope for the best!
At the end of the day, it’s the people around us that makes life so special. Some here were planned portrait projects, while some were just spur of the moment scenarios.
In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
I first fell in love with B & W when I studied the art of Black & White Film Photography in school with a great professor. After learning the basic camera functions we stepped into the dark room with all the chemicals. That class gave me the skills and knowledge to shoot and develop my own black and white photographs and was truly a greater impact on my life as a photographer and artist than I realized at the time.
There's something great about the lo-fi quality you get when shooting photos on a cheap disposable camera. Normally I work with my digital camera which produces super crisp high definition images, so it's nice to switch it up every now and then. These shots are from a weekend camping trip in Big Sur, California.
Building design and structural beauty catches my eye, and when I see something great I love to snap a shot. My dad and brother are both engineers, thus I must have some form of appreciation for all the nitty gritty design work that goes into structural design. Neat and clever architectural work is too often overlooked, so take a moment to enjoy the creativity that is manifested in physical structures.
There's something special about the golden hour, and it always seems to bring people together. As the colors of the rainbow begin to stretch across the sky we can't help but stare. I love being up in the mountains, or down at the beach with my friends and family when the sun dips below the horizon.
Our obsession with fire has never stopped
Shots from Joshua Tree National Park in California
Light Emitting Diode
Making use of LED hula hoops and LED gloves for some interesting long exposure shots
Music and Art Festival in Bradley, California. Photos from 2018.