Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Last year I made a promise to my friend Nora that I would backpack parts of South America with her.  Years ago, we made a pact that we would travel the world together. When I visited her last year in Switzerland, she informed me of her three month trip and invited me to join for parts of it.  I decided I would meet her in Chile and we would then travel to Argentina together.  Because of Nora's travel schedule, I decided to be in Chile for a week by myself before meeting up with her. 

I arrived in Santiago on a Sunday afternoon.  The summer was coming to an end, but no one seemed to want it to.   I stolled around a nearby park, ate some ice cream, and decided that Santiago seemed very hip.  Over the next couple days, I explored Cerro Santa Lucia, hiked to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal as the sun set over the mountains, and practiced my Spanish by taking a city bus forty minutes away to buy an overnight bus ticket to Villarrica.  On my last day, I was able to meet Rodrigo, a university student studying close to my hostel.  He took me on a tour around the city and we had a great time chatting about art and culture.

I was in the city for a total of three days.  I never really felt in danger and everyone seemed so kind and friendly.  

I really enjoyed the warm weather, the hundreds of dogs that roamed the city, and the feeling of being fully present in a place so new and foreign.   Santiago, you were fun.

LOCATION: Santiago, Chile
DATE: March 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

In October of 2012, I had the opportunity to photograph a Lookbook for Raven + Lily in Marrakech,  Morocco.  We were on location at the beautiful Peacock Pavillions, a boutique hotel run by multi-talented Maryam Montegue.  We had the most amazing hosts, ate the best food, celebrated a 40th Birthday, and even had a movie night watching Casablanca with Moroccan snacks and a fire to warm our toes.  And of course, we were there to work and that we did.  You can find the Lookbook here and see a video of our trip here.  

When we had some down time, we were able to explore some of the city and these snapshots capture the Moroccan life I witnessed as I quickly went from one place to the next.  The colors, textures, and people were some of the most interesting and beautiful I had seen and is something I hope to photograph more in the future.  

LOCATION: Marrakech, Morocco
DATE: October, 2012

Monday, April 1, 2013

The three hour drive from Bend to Portland is best kind.  You pass through tunnels of trees, thick fog, and a feeling that makes you never want to leave.