My friend and fellow photographer Erika and I decided to head out on an adventure one late afternoon this summer. Neither of us had visited Randyland before, but had heard how inspiring the space is. I think my jaw dropped to the ground when I walked through the gate, and I had to take a moment to take it all in. We even met Randy Gilson himself and had a long chat while he added more and more layers of paint. I was quite impressed by his enthusiasm and passion for creating the most colorful landmark in Pittsburgh (and America).
I can't believe it's been a whole year since we visited our friends Jonathan and Sarah in London before continuing to Sweden. In three days we got an amazing sampling of the food and sights that this wonderful city has to offer. We can't wait to go back.
I recently visited my sister-in-law Katie who lives in Seattle. Since it was my first time there we walked all over, and I captured all the little things that caught my eye along the way. A visit to the Public Market was a must. The botanical garden in Volunteer Park reminded me a lot of Phipps Conservatory, which I love. Katie treated me to a belated birthday dinner at the Walrus and the Carpenter where we sampled 9 different kinds of oysters, which were all AMAZING. I also met up with my friend Per-Ola, and his Anatolian Shepherd Quentin, whom I met 10 years ago on a mailing list for Swedes around the world. It was so great to finally meet in person. Seattle is such a cool place, and I can't wait to go back.
All photos were shot with my Nikon F100, Portra 800 film, and developed by Richard Photo Lab.
While traveling to Florida recently for Being Boss Miami, Eryn and her parents took me on a tour of Disney World. I got a small sampling of the various areas and was blown away by how huge it is, and the grandness of it all.
It rained every single time we pulled out our cameras during Yan Fam Way 2.0 at the Oregon Coast, and yet it was perfect. While sharing a house with 15 other photographers who had also taken Yan Palmer's workshop in the past, we dug deep to explore the big why behind our photography, and how it guides the images that we make. For me it brought back a memory of being out driving with my family as a kid, and stopping alongside the road for a little picnic in the middle of the blueberry patches. The joy of being together and enjoying a moment is something I often encapsulate in my work.
It was so special to spend the weekend with these beautiful souls, chatting, laughing, doing morning yoga, cooking, shooting, and reviewing each other's portfolios. Each individual really showed up and were completely open to give and receive feedback on how we could each grow as artists. So much gratitude for Yan who brings together this one of a kind community of creatives. Yan herself is a rare gift and amazing artist. She gives so much of herself in her teachings, and makes every single person feel seen. This weekend was magical.