This picture was taken a little over a week ago, and it might be my favorite picture ever. (Canon AE-1 Program, FD-50mm f/1.8, Kodak ProImage 100.) My best friend Boone insisted that I go on a winter backpacking trip with him to Yosemite. Only the most superficial arm twisting was necessary to get me in line. Yosemite has always been a magical place to me, because it was the first place that I ever experienced the wonder and spiritual experience that is environmental engagement. Up on this summit, as the sun was going down, will remain to be one of the most beautiful sights I’ve seen. I’m so glad in the dozen or so shots that I got off (of film) that I managed to capture not only a little bit of the majesty of the scene – In fact, I like that that is obscured by the narrow depth of field, but that I really captured a whiff of the reverence both Boone and I were feeling in that moment.
This I See is a spin on Edward R. Murrow’s This I Believe radio and essay series, I practice photography to give the story of my world as both poet and scribe. There are so so so many photo-blogs in this world, and mine is nothing special. It’s for me, it’s for you, it’s to document and to preserve, but also to embellish. I want to be able to create images for the world around me that reflects the beauty that I see. I seek to use photography to explore the influences of my city. It is my muse, providing me endless inspiration. I am particularly energized by the magnetism of San Francisco’s starry-eyed dream-makers. These are the ambitious creatives who are drawn to the city in droves. I hope to pay homage to San Francisco and its unique population through these photographs.
But I like to brand myself a “permanent amateur,” a title the I believe gives me a sense of freedom. As it allows me to pursue photographic excellence in my work while remaining humbled by and curious about each and every step throughout the creative process.