I spent a week in El Capitan Canyon for Field Trip, a large photography workshop that happens once a year. After I went down to LA to meet up with Noreik to explore around the city and do some portraits. We spent most of our time hanging and by the time we got to shoot it was dark outside so we took advantage of what little light we could find.
We started out taking a few shots in the light of the garage of the apartment I was staying at and then walked out to the nearby streetlights.
I was unsure of how any of the shots would turn out as I almost never shoot at night. The day before I took a class on "Finding the story" in your photos and I'd been thinking a lot about the value of photography and the responsibility we have as photographers to capture the things that are important and meaningful and not just pretty looking.
As we were shooting some kids walked by and asked Noreik if he was famous. Noreik smiled and said "Not yet, but one day I hope to be." Noreik is an incredible musician and rapper and all around kind dude. He started telling the kids about his music and the kids got pumped! They began asking if they could take photos with him to show their friends. They were so happy to have him in their neighborhood.
Noreik got to be a joy giver and encourage them to keep being positive and I'm pretty sure made their night. The most important part to me is that in general Noreik really has a heart to encourage others through his life and music. Earlier in the day he was telling me how he wants to see younger people in our generation grow in to being positive and helpful members of society and this was a living picture of that conversation.
A little over a year ago my wife and I were looking to move to Orlando. We spent tons of time driving around downtown, looking everywhere for a place to live. We found a little house in colonial town, dialed the number on the sign, and said we were interested in seeing the space. The property manager said he would be there in an hour. We had time to kill and decided to visit a bakery we had recently noticed on Mills.
This bakery happened to be both Vegan and Gluten Free and all around, AWESOME. The coffee was from a small roaster in Clermont and all the baked goods were made in house.
We ended up moving in to the house we looked at and several days later I went back to use the wifi. I had hours worth of work and the staff was gracious enough to let me occupy a table and suck up their bandwidth.
Its been awhile since I'd been back, but when I heard they were closing a few weeks ago I had to make sure to stop in and say my goodbyes.
We went on Thursday this past week and then I came back again at open on Friday with my camera. From the moment the doors opened there was a line. People were waiting to get in and get their last fix. Some customers even brought gifts.
The staff was upbeat, and Katie the owner, while noticeably tired from a long week of preparation for the final day was filled with light and joy, making sure to smile and let every customer know that she was truly thankful for each and every person who came in supported the shop for the last five years.
The mills 50 district and might I say, Orlando, lost a really great part of its food community, but heart of the business and the people in it won't be forgotten.
Thank you Katie for loving this community and being intent on doing things well and always serving up good things. I wish you the best of luck and hope our paths cross again in the future!
About 5 years ago, when I was moving to Seattle my friend Tyler gave me a cd filled with songs from his favorite bands. The first band was For Today. I had never heard anything quite like it. The first track was almost something like that of a spoken word poet - and then all hell broke loose and I heard more metal than I'd ever heard before.
They recently released a new record and I had the chance to see them play live last night and take some photos. This was one of the most difficult shows I've ever shot. The room was PACKED. The venue was dark and the lighting CONSTANTLY changed, so keeping consistency was a struggle, but I like what I ended up with.
I realized on my last post that I didn't actually explain anything. So in this post I'll have a bunch of captions!
Everywhere you go in Livingstone there are hand painted signs. This one in particular stuck out to me. Walk with the lions!
This is "Olga's"! Its an Italian restaurant that my wife and our friend Hollie would visit frequently when they lived in Zambia. To be honest, Zambian pizza isn't the best, but its still something nice if you are missing American food while traveling abroad.
This is me before I bungee jumped off of Victoria Falls. If you scroll down one more photo you will see the view from the top of the bridge!
I had to take some photos for Kwathu Children's Home yearly calendar. Below are all of the boys. The second photo was taken outside of the home. The two little ones are Michael and Vicky! They are the youngest at the home- and possibly the cutest!
Stars. The stars are the best here. Mainly because there is very little light pollution.
On one of our last days we drove to the National Park and went on a game drive. Our friend Agrippa was gracious enough to drive us through the park and show us all of the amazing animals. It really was incredible to see these animals in their natural environments. We also go to see the rhinos! The last photo is of the Zambezi River.
This is our friend Hollie. Her and Dawn lived and worked together for almost two years at Kwathu Children's home. Along with my wife, this was her first trip back in just over two years.
This is a typical meal for most Zambians. That big white lump is Nshima(the n is silent). Nshima is made from cornmeal and water and accompanies most meats and veggies!
With the exception of the last photo, these were taken by my wife. These are photos of what life looks on a typical afternoon at Kwathu - Playing games, prepping dinner, and watching TV!
Below are two of the boys from Kwathu! To be honest I get a little choked up when I see these photos. I miss them a lot.
I wasn't planning on taking photos for this show, but I love ADJY and I happened to recently get a new lens that I wanted to try out!
ADJY just got back in to town from a national tour with Apple Seed Cast. If I'm correct, this is their last show before beginning to work on/record their new album!
The lighting at the venue was very dark and the few lights that were on were blue and green, making the band look like aliens. I had trouble focusing my camera because of it all, but there are still so many images that really surprised me afterwards! I love sitting down to look at an image and feeling like it captures the essence of a person and their environment. ADJY are incredibly passionate musicians and when they play and move together, they are seamless.
I've said it before, but when you get the chance, go see them play. And in the mean time, listen to their latest music on BANDCAMP.
Wow, So this is my first series of photos from Zambia. My wife and I got to spend two weeks there and visit with Kwathu Childrens home. This was my first time out of the county and important trip for us in multiple ways. My wife used to live in Zambia and until this point, this part of her life was only story to me.