Last weekend I went on a bit of a photo excursion with my friend Kha. It was the first time I’d gone out strictly to take pictures in ages and wow, did it feel good to carry my camera with purpose.
On the other hand, it also made me feel so rusty. Had all these years of studying the art of photography left me? I wandered through parks and shanties trying to find something that caught my eye, something that felt like home.
It wasn’t until the end of the day that I felt I was finally getting the swing of things… under the 805 freeway and in a seemingly abandoned construction zone.
I discovered this fallen redwood tree in Armstrong Woods and was immediately taken aback at the beautiful colors on the surface. It appeared to me as a sweeping landscape as seen from above, as if in a plane flying across a mountain range.
Andy Goldsworthy Wood Line
I can’t even remember how long ago it was that I took this photo but I do know it was my friend Jimmy who introduced me to both the Presidio and this art installation by Andy Goldsworthy titled, “Wood Line.”
In 2010, Goldsworthy looked to a new part of the park for inspiration – an historic eucalyptus grove near the Presidio’s oldest footpath, Lovers’ Lane. Eucalyptus were planted here by the U.S. Army more than a century ago, with lines of cypress trees occasionally weaved in among the regimented rows. Outcompeted, the cypress declined, leaving a large gap in the grove.
If you ever find yourself in San Francisco, definitely go to the Presidio and check out his art installations. Their towering size and the fact that they are living is a site to behold. While studying art in college I had trouble wrapping my head about temporal art installations like this. Allowing them to grow, change, decay was contrary to my desire to control my own art’s existence.
Now I get it.
Honor Bar Beverly Hills
Last week my mother and I went to Beverly Hills to try out Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse, Cut. We got to town early and after a long drive from San Diego, we’d worked up a bit of an appetite.
So we hit up Yelp and came across Honor Bar. The food was delicious, the wine list on point and our waitress was great. I see now why it has nearly 500 reviews with an average rating of 4.5.
I felt compelled to take this picture as I’m such a sucker for typewriters.
Destroyed and Abandoned
I came across this sad umbrella inside of a New York City subway station. It was presumably destroyed outside of the station in the windy, cold and wet Queens‘ weather. Why someone felt the need to bring it inside to the station before discarding is beyond me. It reminded me of an umbrella I found in Columbia Missouri many years before.
More Matter With Less Art
The Nelson-Atkins Bloch building last night. Such beautiful and unique architecture. Definitely not something you expect to see in the Midwest.
Light Obstructed Seating
Can you figure out what is going on here? It’s a straight photograph. No Photoshop required to accomplish this scene. Count the levels of depth.