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I’ve Been Exposed!

23rd October 2011

The other night before heading back from Vegas, my friend Jeremy walked out of the dollar store to present me with a bundle of glowsticks. I kind of nervously smiled, expecting this to be the punch line to another playful stab at my raver past.

I asked him ”So, what’s the plan for those?” to which he responded with “I don’t know, but probably something awesome”

Trying to find a good use for glow sticks sounded like a fun challenge, so while driving through the pitch black desert toward Los Angeles, I decided to pull off to what was probably the most desolate exit in all of North America to try something I had never attempted with my camera, before. Drawing with light.

Everything that was said as we got further from any sort of civilization, fit the bill for being quoted in the horror film that would be made about us (ya know, just two ravers lookin’ for a place to party), later on:

  • “This looks like a good place to pull over”
  • “Did you hear that?”
  • “It was probably just a dog”
  • “I’ll go check it out”
  • “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”

Another thing I said a lot for the first couple of minutes of showing Jeremy how to make a glow stick light up while twiddling with my camera was the term “bear with me”

It was the first time I had decided to play with long exposure so, like most things in my life, I learned though a couple of stabs at trial and error.

In order to achieve what I was going for, heres what I eventually switched my settings to:

I propped the camera on the trunk of car and made Jeremy stand in the road with the glow sticks so that I could use the manual focus, to find him. Then we just made some raver art!

(insert DJ unce-unce’s new dub-step album here)

Almost all of the shots were set so that we could hold the light, and flail around for 30 seconds, before the shutter closed. So we pretty much did the stereotypical things you would do if you were presented with this situation.

(from upper left, to lower right) Make a series of lowest common denominator shapes; tag your initials in the sky; do a fruity glow stick dance while your friend laughs hysterically at you for 30 seconds; and explain how cool nature is.

We also made several attempts at drawing the symbol for Jeremys band

I think looks pretty rad if you can see it like this instead of some buttholes floating in the sky.

Jeremy jokingly representing his being straightedge/ a documentation of the place where we found a buried treasure!

For spending an hour in the middle of a pitch black desert at midnight, I would say that we PAC’t in a a lot of fun.




A Darling Little Wedding

7th October 2011

Gala and Mike got married over the summer.

About time! (For the wedding AND the post about it)

The style in which the wedding was held was very “Gumba”, as Mike would say. Close family and friends came to the Brooklyn Bridge park where a short service was held, eyes watered up, Johnny Cash was quoted, and celebratory Cheerios were thrown. After, we all walked over to Grimaldi’s, where the bride and groom cut the pie.

It was a really cute wedding and I’m so happy I got asked to shoot it.

What I love most about Gala is her attention to details. She has a way of taking something very elegant and accentuating it with her unique and tasteful touch. Heres some shots of what I’m talkin’ about

d’aweee

Today, Last Month: My Review of Chicago

20th September 2011

I can’t believe it was around this time, last month, that Gala and I went to Chicago for the 20SB Summit. Since we were there for a pretty short amount of time, we had a lot of adventures to cram into our time off. I LOVED Chicago! I wish I could do an individual post about every single place I went but I will simply try to condense it as much as I can.

The plane landed way too early in the morning. As soon as my phone recaptured reception, I immediately began mapping out where Intelligentsia was.

oh, soy iced Angeleno, how I’ve missed your frothy kisses.

Once I was a bit more caffeinated, I was able to navigate our way through the city with the help of their tertiary colored public transportation system

Quimbys had the largest selection of ‘zines I’d ever seen. It took up a majority of the shop.

There was a lot of vintage shops to peak into. The term “vintage” is a very quaint expression for old, smelly, and overpriced, don’t you think?
This photo of my feet and someone’s old fancy dress was taken by Gala

The Boring Store was super creative non profit shop built up by 826CHI to help educate and offer creative writing to local kids.

Our friend Ben, is from Chicago and introduced us to Big Star. A Mexican food spot with delicious tacos. I couldn’t decide what I wanted, so I got one of each. Don’t judge the fat kid, please…

Across the street from Big Star, was the most vibrant unmarker wall I’ve ever seen. Ironically, inside was the most dimly lit bar I had ever been in. How Ben captured this shot of Gala and I, is beyond me.

I’m not going to lie. My ignorant punk heart was less than enthused on the thought of going to visit a huge chunk of corporate art. I’ve seen photos The Bean, and the amount of people that it reflected in the photos, gave me enough anxiety to want to crawl under my couch for hours. Luckily, I think the rain scared a lot of people away from being there that day. We kind of stumbled into the park and over to it. And it was AWESOME! One of those things that is only properly conveyed upon being there.

When I mention Chicago, I typically get barked at by friends, about this place called Kumas Corner. Now I know why. They make amazing burgers, named after amazing bands, and blair amazing music while you wait an slightly ridiculous amount of time for your food. I thought it was completely worth the wait to have the High On Fire chicken sandwich, though.

I knew it was my kind of place, as soon as I saw the amount of Cholula they supply you with.

It’s been a month since our quick stop in Chicago. Too long, if you ask me. I’m ready to go back.

Gala wrote a fun recollection of our trip up on her blog, as well






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