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  • week 3 | the light of dusk & dawn | exploring tucson | kind strangers

    i just have to say that i'm really glad i'm doing this. my little stresses go away when i look through this little curated compiliation of photos from my week. no matter the anxieties that i faced this week, it's cool to look back and review what i saw and share that with you.

    last saturday, i met up with my friend kristin and we explored the colorful and european inspired neighborhood behind the mercado. i was so exited over the pops of colors and decorative doors and facades and even found some succulents with wildflowers growing out of them (!!!!!) unfortunately i wasn't crazy about any of the pictures i took of them, but trust me when i say they were pretty magical.

    we were walking in someone's front yard and an older man walks out and begins talking to us. he introduced himself as Mike and invited us in his house where he began talking to us about his life and telling us about all the knick knacks and decorations in his home. he was fiery and full of life and you couldn't help but smile at the stories he was telling. he proceeded to to talk to us about Jesus. i have to say it wasn't in a weird or fake way, but in a way where you could tell he had led a long life and believed what he was saying to be true and spoke with conviction and confidence. it was very refreshing. as kristin and i walked out of his house and told him how great it was to meet him, he put his arms around us and began praying for us. right there in his yard with two  strangers. it was quite beautiful. he told us he could tell our smiles were full of real joy. i asked him if i could take his portrait which he was excited about. as we left and thanked him again i told him how happy i was that our paths crossed. i am so greatful for the little surprises this week.

  • in an effort to celebrate life | week 1

    hi. hello. i don't really know how to start this. well, i've come up with a sort of new year's resolution for myself. i'm a photographer. obviously. and more than that i'm an enjoyer and lover of life and the world and landscape around me. unfortunatley this past year has been a little less rosy-colored for some reasons and i feel i've lost a bit of that joy. that feeling like my heart is going to overflow because something is just so beautiful! i miss that.

     in an effort to rekindle the flame -so to speak, i've given myself a goal. my resolution is to take more pictures. seems a little obvious given that i'm a photographer, but i've been disappointed with myself lately. i miss photographing a lot. just for the sake of photographing. not with an agenda or a project in mind. i miss just making something.

    so i'm going to push myself a little and blog weekly the photos i've taken that week. it could be a small or large amount, and it won't have a set theme or rules. i'm a little self concious about doing this. because these aren't mind blowing images. i often notice details and things that are understated. so this is for me. and for you. because i also really miss sharing my images with people. having less pretenses and insecurities about sharing my work.  take this as a weekly photographic diary perhaps. i'm interested in what you think. what images you like. what they remind you of. let me know. 

    i'm excited to see what i'll learn from this and i'm excited to push myself. and i'm excited to make images. that's the best :)  i decided for the first week i'd post some of my favorites that i've taken since moving to Tucson in October. so, here we go!