Posted on January 30, 2020
As you descend HWY 84 on the coastal side of Skyline, you’ll pass a dive bar in LaHonda named Apple Jack’s. Don’t day dream, or you’ll zip right by it. Made from original redwood trees in the area, the structure resembles a brooding mushroom. If it’s an overcast rainy day and you’re alone, as I was, the place feels haunted. Perfect, I enjoy haunted places. I’m nostalgic for ghosts, for people who are elsewhere or simply dead, for artifacts that persist without purpose, and for ephemera that remind me of the beauty of life and the finality of death. Enjoy—or not.
HOWL: Nasal Turbinates, Deer Skull
CORDAGE: Once Line, Now Merely Rope
SCALES: Of Light and Dust
THURSTON HOWL II (Yes, you better get the joke)
Last week, I received the nicest compliment on Instagram. “I’m a big fan of your work,” she said. “Whether it’s landscape or portraiture, you have a beautiful gift for capturing the soul of whatever it is you photograph.”
Hopefully I captured the soul of Apple Jack’s.
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Posted on May 22, 2019
Last fall, I ran family photography mini sessions in the woods above the valley. What joy! What fun! Amazing, really.
I admire a man who carries his son like a sack of flour. That, and dresses in pajamas to please his wife who has a vision, come what come may…
…and makes googly eyes at his boy just because.
Here older brother is doing what every kiddo wants to do, always: play, play, play.
Younger kiddo doesn’t know it yet, but this allegory of brotherhood in three frames will set the tone for the rest of his days. When in doubt, shout. Or listen, as the case may be.
Wrinkles the canine keeps the family together like a good herd dog.
Mother and daughter square up for a shot as golden hour paints the landscape in magical tones.
Only thing better than having a brother is hanging out with a brother on a fence.
Rim light transfigures everyone it touches.
With scenes like these, every family deserves at least one…
…OK, maybe two family portraits.
Of course, where would Family be without Grandma? She lights up the scene!
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