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    Gaunt Statues of the Sonoran Desert

    Gaunt Statues of the Sonoran Desert

    “They stood alone and heralded the dawn;Gaunt shadowsEtched upon a rimThat tore the jagged edge of day. They stood like phantoms grim,Within a world alone,Upon a lonely way. With muzzles pointed toward the stars now dimIn dawn’s first undertone,They filled the sleeping skyWith eerie wails. Each dismal cryCame drifting on the winds, Borne through the […]

    Tecopa Hot Springs and the History of the Pauite People

    Tecopa Hot Springs and the History of the Pauite People

    A hot spring oasis near Death Valley, fed by the elusive Amargosa River. (Amargosa, Spanish for bitter.) This land was inhabited by the nomadic Paiute people, who lived in the desert climate of the Colorado Basin to Southern California, and Northern Arizona. The Paiute people had first made contact with Spanish explorers in 1776 while […]

    Wasteland Weekend 2018

    Wasteland Weekend 2018

    This Wasteland Weekend was not my first, but I had a lot of firsts at Wasteland 2018. This was the first year I was on “build crew.” It was very cool seeing the land turn from a nothing desert to a vibrant city from some uncertain future. I had a great time helping and learning […]

    A Hike through Mormon Rocks

    A Hike through Mormon Rocks

    As a kid, I would often stare out the window, admiring the vast landscape. Often we’d be driving on Highway 138 through the Cajon Pass and I would see these amazing rocks jetting out of the earth. Pocketed with holes, I would imagine Native Americans hiding pottery and other treasures in the thousands of possible […]

    Long Beach, California, 2018 Haute Dog Howloween Parade and Costume Contest

    Long Beach, California, 2018 Haute Dog Howloween Parade and Costume Contest

    Every year, I try to make it out to the annual Haute Dog Howloween Parade in Long Beach, CA. People from all over to show off their pups and to dress up for a chance to be silly and walk down the red carpet.  I love coming out and seeing the community of puppies and […]

    I had the honor of photographing the food as well. As the opening ceremony for the US flagship branch of Yang Braised Chicken. Since it’s beginning in 2011, Yang’s has grown to over 6,000 stores and has opened its first restaurant in Australia earlier this year. They make only this dish and serve it until […]

    I had the honor of photographing the food as well. As the opening ceremony for the US flagship branch of Yang Braised Chicken. Since it’s beginning in 2011, Yang’s has grown to over 6,000 stores and has opened its first restaurant in Australia earlier this year. They make only this dish and serve it until […]

    Magic Rope and Tumbleweed
    Magic Rope and Tumbleweed

    Magic rope and tumbleweed (When you go through your edit and you find the photo you should have made as your select but instead went with a different one, you photographers know the struggle. I made this photograph at Folsom Street Fair in SF. I’ve been going through my gay street photos over the years. […]

    Mona Mondaze
    Mona Mondaze

    Mona Mondaze. I had a wonderful and inspiring weekend at #geekfestla. My big take away was the reminder to embrace transition instead of being fearfully paralyzed by it. Looking forward to what this next year will bring for me personally and professionally. Thank you to all my friends and new people I met, and of […]

    Howl’oween Dog Parade, Long Beach, CA
    Howl'oween Dog Parade, Long Beach, CA

    #howloween #dogsoflongbeach #longbeachdogs #lbc #longbeach #theshining #dogcostume #redrum

    Catalina Island Buccaneer Days, Rest Stop
    Catalina Island Buccaneer Days, Rest Stop

    Went from wasteland weekend to Catalina Island’s Buccaneer Weekend. No camera, just some time to swim and hang out on other people’s boats. Back home now and will be posting more wasteland images. I’ll be selling a limited number of Wasteland pocket books, you’ll see more about that later. I hope you’ll consider buying one. […]

    Back Home, Obligatory Mona Post
    Back Home, Obligatory Mona Post

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    Vegan.TV
    Vegan.TV

    Something I saw while biking. Maybe science can help us discontinue animal suffering and still provide my lizard brain with a delicious burger. #abandonedtv #veganism

    A snap back to Rochester, NY
    A snap back to Rochester, NY

    Film scan from my days living in #RochesterNY. I was midway through my education at RIT studying photojournalism. Me and my friend Nimai just finished driving across the US. I miss these Rochester days, and I miss my community, my friends and just feeling connected. Now I live in Long Beach and it’s nice, but […]

    A Surly Big Fat Dummy + Great American Solar Eclipse
    A Surly Big Fat Dummy + Great American Solar Eclipse

    Sunset w Bae. Our first off-roading adventure together in Madras, Oregon. Getting ready to see the Great American Eclipse the next morning. Found this road back to town just as the sun was setting. I haven’t been in this town since my cross.l country bike ride seven years ago. #eclipse2017 #madrasoregon #madras #mtjefferson #oregondesert #offroad […]