SVMA – Family visit to exhibition

03-22-14_SVMA_050photo by Nila.03-22-14_SVMA_042photo by Rebecca03-22-14_SVMA_088Photographs are viewable from Broadway Street.03-22-14_SVMA_080Sonoma Valley Museum Art; now a playground for my kids.03-22-14_SVMA_062Handmade book for visitor to touch and read while two videos (“New Skin” & “Anything Helps”) play on a loop.03-22-14_SVMA_019Thrilled 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

 

Winemaker of the Year – 2013

I had the pleasure to spend a late afternoon with winemaker Steve Matthiasson and his wife Jill Klein Matthiasson at their obscenely gorgeous home in Napa to photograph them for the Winemaker of the Year story for the San Francisco Chronicle. They made a quick lunch for writer Jon Bonné and I; a delicious salad from their garden topped with sliced lamb along with Steve’s freshly bottled white wine Tendu 2013. A very relaxing shoot about a week before Christmas. Congratulations to the Matthiasson’s on the award.
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Above, Steve’s backyard with his dog Koda.
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Portrait on homeless youth for local magazine

I was recently hired to shoot an in-depth portrait on homeless youths in Santa Rosa with writer Jeremy Hay for Sonoma Magazine. We had 2 weeks to find subjects and tell their stories. Here’s some images from subjects that will appear in the magazine piece:Jeramy_0449
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Jeramy Lowther Jr., 19. I first met him sleeping in the garage of a friend’s home. We messed around on an acoustic guitar for a bit then I photographed him looking for a morning meal at one of the youth shelters. A favorite moment no doubt was this one above on the bus.

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Charlotte Warren & Jesse Dirks, both 21. Charlotte, whose been homeless for 6 years, recently stopped shooting meth and now dates Jessie who has spent the last year sleeping under playground equipment on a quiet low-lit street in the West End neighborhood of Santa Rosa.

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Gerri Jackson, 22. I met Gerri late one evening in his small camping tent in a wooded area of Howarth Park. Five days a week he attends Santa Rosa Junior College. He said he hopes to get his Associate’s degree and plans to return to Chicago to attend the university and one day become an engineer. He deserves all the help he can get with a dream like that in a situation like his.

Link to Sonoma Magazine story: LOST IN PARADISE