This has been one of my favorite jobs ever. The team at MAS Design contacted me months in advance knowing they definitely wanted to shoot the house once it was complete. Once I saw the house on our scout day I knew why they were so excited! Seven months later we wrapped the shoot and I knew we had something very special. It's great knowing everyone else also loved the project as much as we did!
A recent assignment sent me to Occidental, California .. what better time for a mini road trip! I love the area north of San Francisco. .. To me it conjures images of quintessential Northern California. I set out on my shooting adventure late morning to arrive at my destination by around lunch time. After a minor snafu at the car rental counter I persevered and off I went with my trusty Iphone plugged in and some great tunes I made my way towards Occidental, Bodega Bay and Petaluma... I was lucky enough to discover an awesome country road go from Occidental to Bodega Bay. I found some cute cows (and sheep but they stayed far away from me) .. who doesn't love a good cow photo?
I've randomly been working on more fine art oriented surf images. I'm really interested in the relationship between surfers and their surroundings/landscape/seascape. The combination of the late evening light and the wetsuit covered surfer take on a very different quality. I feel there is a poetic elegance as well as another world feeling to some of the images I've captured.
There is a creative voice inside every artist that guides us to create the work we do. I find that often I don't honor that voice and instead I worry about work that I "should be" making. This year I promise to listen to that voice, to that intuition and see where it leads me. I've been asking myself what inspires me, what do I love shooting? Nature is one of my favorite subject matters. Especially the sea with all her many moods and faces. I think of the seashore as a representation of what it means to be human. There are days when the waves pound the shore with so much force it feels as if the entire beach will be carried away in the turbulent waters. Then there are days when the ocean lazily washes her water onto land almost as an invitation to come and play. There are days the sunsets are filled with the colors of peaches and tangerines and days of steely blue skies filled with menace. I love these cold steely sunsets as much as the others. I find them beautiful for all their mystery. The blue hours are my favorite time of day. It's those moments when the world is shrouded in hues of blue. I feel they are a prelude to what is to come with the next sunrise.