Finding much inspiration while back home in Los Angeles. This is a film-sketch-idea from a day at Ventura I wish I could re-live over a few more times…music by Brian Eno.
While in Los Angeles visiting family I edited a short video of a recent trip to Upstate NY. Shot almost entirely at Keuka Lake. Music by: Beach House.
A late Spring visit to Kueka Lake, NY and almost all our time spent: early morning swims, grilled clams, lightning storms, fireflies over calm water, melted ice cream, New York pizza by-the-slice, cousins, mothers, father-in-law, a sister, World Cup on TV, chicken taquitos made on two separate days, avocados like $5 each, horse and buggies with Mennonite children, old family jokes, wet clothes, Franny & Zooey, not enough time, too many memories, too many ways to jump in cold water, too many days not at this Lake.
- June 5-17, 2014.
Here are a few images of some long-time Russian River dwellers that will appear in the next issue of Sonoma Magazine. Writer John Beck wrote a beautiful piece about what life was like for these subjects in their youth while they lived along the river.
River Keeper Don McEnhill on the remains of the Del Rio Dam. Now 51, McEnhill said his parents took him here when he was just a few days old and he’s never wanted to leave.
Suki Waters on Penny Island in Jenner. This was Suki’s playground as a kid and to me it felt like the Garden of Eden. We both wandered the lush island eating sun-warmed wild raspberries while I kept hearing Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony in my head.
Guerneville historian John Schubert. We spent nearly an hour wading in the cool waters at Johnson’s Beach while he told me a million stories about a whole cast of characters he knew as a kid. Good sport for going in fully clothed too.
93-year-old Johnson’s Beach owner Clare Harris at the helm. The guy runs the place with a seemingly unyielding amount of energy. Johnson’s Beach won’t be the same place without out him and he knows it.
I really fell in love with the characters in this magazine piece, but what struck me most was how moved I was by the sense of mortality that came from spending quiet moments on the river like this one on a decaying monument like the Del Rio Dam.
I did a piece for Sonoma Magazine about writers visiting Sonoma County through food events. Here Frances Mayes, author of “Under The Tuscan Sun,” speaking at Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa.Liza Hinman of Spinster Sisters doing her thing during the author event.Did a quick event shoot for The Press Democrat and came across two major supporters of my work; Matt Martin & Cat Cvengros of Social Advocates for Youth during their yearly fundraising event held next-door to my son’s preschool. A couple of images from my back-up photographer shoot with friend and colleague Charlie Gesell who is always a blast to shoot with at any event.Lastly, I did career day at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. I did two sessions both filled with Freshman students and they all loved this shot from inside a Texas prison I took while living in Austin. Great group of kids at that school.
photo by Nila.photo by RebeccaPhotographs are viewable from Broadway Street.Sonoma Valley Museum Art; now a playground for my kids.Handmade book for visitor to touch and read while two videos (“New Skin” & “Anything Helps”) play on a loop.Thrilled to have my work in this beautiful space in the quaint town of Sonoma. The staff at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art treated me and my children like this was our second home. No doubt a huge thank you to museum Director Kate Eilertsen for believing so much in what I’m trying to say as a photojournalist. -March 22, 2014