Took this at the end of my most recent walking tour last week (follow Los Angeles Walking Tours for more info and upcoming tours – including some I’ll be offering that focus on street photography!). I have a thing for the “solitary palm against a beat up looking building” (or, in this case, the side of an LAPD parking structure full of beat up looking patrol cars…) for as long as I can remember; something about it just seems to be iconic, reminiscent of Los Angeles of another era, I suppose. #palmtrees #losangeles #streetphotography #landscape #leica



Photographs from the Women’s March in Los Angeles.

Didn’t hurt that it was a stunningly gorgeous day, either.

GoPro fun while waiting for the meteor shower in Joshua Tree this weekend.

Veterans Day


My thoughts on Veteran’s Day from a year ago…

Brande Jackson

NCIRE is the organization I have been working with for the past six months or so, while working on the John Mayer tour. We are starting back up in a few weeks, and I’m really excited to be able to continue to build support for what they do: getting vets better access to health care and support services. As a culture, we ‘thank’ our vets, but the reality is many of them struggle with their day to day needs. The stories I heard this summer from the vets that volunteered, or the vets and active duty military that stopped by to talk to us, left me stunned and angry and wishing there was more I could do. It got to a point where I realized those ‘rare’ stories of hardship and loss that vets suffer aren’t rare at all. They are, for many, the norm. It’s a cliche thing to…

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Screen printing


I’m taking a screen printing class this fall. I used to take a night art class almost every semester, mostly through Art Center’s night program. I’d take them for fun, to stay in a creative state of mind, learn new things…but, over the last several years, I fell out of the habit. Work, life, money, we know the drill.

This fall I decided to get back into it. There is something nice in having the discipline of a class to keep you going. It’s been fun – a way to combine a lot of what I’ve done over the years with photography/darkroom and collage. I’m into it. My friends will get tee-shirts and prints they probably don’t want, but so it goes. And, I hopefully will be able to figure out ways to bring a simple version of screen printing into the K-12 art classes I teach as well.

The prints below are from a current series I’m working on, inspired by fall in Los Angeles & Joan Didion.

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Spring Wind


It’s fall, yes, but I’m sorta obsessed with this song right now. I’d never heard of Greg Brown before, but recently re-watched 180° South, and caught the bit of the Jack Johnson cover of “Spring Wind” – this passage jumped out at me:

My friends are gettin older,

so I guess I must be too.

Without their loving kindness,

I don’t know what I’d do.

Oh the wine bottle’s half empty–

the money’s all spent.

And we’re a cross between our parents

and hippies in a tent.

Since then, I’ve been listening to more of Brown’s work – I’ve got a penchant for folk music, always have – it’s got a nostalgic quality to it that I really like.  So, anyway, my not-new-new-to-me discovery to share with you all. Good stuff.

I’ve decided to attempt to record the acquisition of knew knowledge (the spelling of “acquisition” itself makes it two things for today, I had to Google it), skills and random factual trivia as often as I can, for as long as I can. I have no real reason for doing this, other than I thought it might be cool.

This is probably associated with the new year thing; I have gradually moved away from resolutions over time, as I find the idea of the calendar year a bit arbitrary (though, I must concede, it makes some sense for me given that the nature of my work is such that the winter solstice/end of the calendar year generally always represents a lull in work, time to reflect, recharge, etc…but I digress) but while riding my bike and listening to a podcast (only one earbud in lest I miss the sound of a car attempting to run me off the road) from Radiolab about science today, I learned about the Voyager Golden Record, which, somehow, despite 32 years worth of reading and at least 10 years worth of Googling (longer?) and a grad level education I NEVER KNEW ABOUT. Thanks for nothing, school.


And thus, I decided it would be a good, self indulgent hipster thing to try to learn something new – regardless of how small or trivial – each day and to record it. I probably won’t blog it daily, because that will get old after like a day,  but will write it down somewhere. I keep a lot of journals, as in a near OCD way. More on that later.


Look at this thing!?!? How did I not know about it?

Anyway, random new thing of today:  The Voyager Record. The Radiolab piece I was listening to was themed around space, and it included an interview with Carl Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan. Quick explanation: My latest habit is to look up random ass podcasts to listen to on long rides, and for whatever reason I’ve been intrigued by Carl Sagan lately. Anyway, the piece was about their working on the Voyager Golden Record, which evoked the following response from me: “holy shit, people made a record and sent into space? And it travels at 38,000 mph? And I never really knew about it?” So now I’m obsessed. I mean, I’m a recreational space nerd, I wanted to go to space camp as a kid (or as a grown up, if it’s still around and someone wants to send me), how this piece of cultural knowledge passed me by is beyond me. I was -2 when it all went down, though, so I have that excuse.

Anyway, you should at least Wikipedia that shit, ’cause it’s pretty fascinating. And it deals with time and space and all that good stuff: Voyager 1 has 40,000 YEARS to go to come within even 6 trillion miles of the first star. Puts my bitching of this fall ‘just flying by’ in perspective. Do I move at 38,000 MPH? No, I don’t. Did I get to determine what about mankind should be shared with possible alien life form 70,000 years in the future? No, I didn’t. So I should shut up.

So that is my self indulgent, long winded treatise on what I learned today.