Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Post App Wars....

It's been a little over a week since The App Wars had its big night at 3rdSpace in San Diego. 200 amazing photos submitted from photographers worldwide. Plus 7 students from the AjA Project had photos to display as well.

It was such a great feeling after the show closed knowing that it had been a huge success. My girlfriend Holly and I were laying in bed a few nights before the event and I think an overwhelming fear came over the both of us. What had we gotten ourselves into? Having never hosted a gallery exhibit the unknown factor was in full force. Would people show up? Would the displays work correctly? Photos were still in the processing stage. How were they going to turn out since they were obviously the most important part of the show. Basically we were freaking out but not really saying anything.

So our fears seem to fade away by 7:30 on that Saturday night. Over 50 people had arrived in the first 30 minutes. Everything was coming together. Months and months of hard work was now rearing its handsome face. The space looked great. People seemed intrigued. A really great vibe was taking place.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Can they do it better? Only time will tell. I've seen it happen before and I'm sure I will see it again. Good luck! Competition only makes a person stronger.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Hour

If you enjoy a good cocktail from time to time and just not beer then I'm sure you a have a few places that have left a lasting impression alcohol wise. Here is a list of my 5 favorite watering holes.

5:  Island Beachcomber Hotel bar - St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands Probably my favorite place to drink when starting or finishing a vacation in the Virgin Islands. Located next to the airport and having a great water view, this open air bar even offers free chunks of lettuce to feed the iguanas roaming the property.
Nothing fancy but why should it be?

4:  La Coralina - Bocas Del Toro, Panama  Sadly this wonderful place shut its doors last year but the great memories still linger. Bocas Del Toro is sort of a dingy little island off the coast of Panama but once you reached La Coralina you never wanted to leave. Awesome views looking over the water and one of the strongest rum punch drinks ever made. It was almost impossible to walk away since stumbling was usually the only option. Once back at your room and it was off to sleep with the sound of the surf pounding in the distance.

3:  Pacific Shores - San Diego, California   This place is the recipe for a great dive bar located in the hippie/junkie/weirdo neighborhood of Ocean Beach. Dark and serving cheap drinks by San Diego's high price standards. Weird glowing murals adorn the walls, a juke box filled with drunken hits and a pool table tucked away in the storage room.

2:  Shipwreck Landing - St. John, US Virgin Islands  A must do if you are ever in St. John. Located on the quiet side of the island...I have been going to this place since the late 80's. Nothing ever changes and that is a good thing. Views looking out to Coral Bay and blackened shrimp scampi appetizers to go along with some really good rum drinks. This place would be #1 on the list but the last time I was there was before owning the Hipstamatic.

1:  Tiki Ti Room - Los Angeles, California   This place ranked #1 because it is not only a great cocktail lounge but also a virtual Tiki museum. Located in the ultra hipster neighborhood of Silverlake, this small bar has a capacity of about 30 patrons and serves up some of the best and most potent rum concoctions known to mankind. Many famous Hollywood stars have been known to slip in for one of the many awesome drinks on the menu including the Chief Lapu Lapu, the Pain Killer or maybe even the Ooga Booga. A must stop if you are ever in the Hollywood area. (See the drunken Hipstamatic shot pictured above)

If you are looking for a great beer experience then you might look elsewhere. These places are all about the rum which is basically the only type of alcohol I enjoy.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Exploring life's journey: Part 2

The second shot from this series

Exploring life's journey....

Home Sweet New Home....my fascination with the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard continues. Meatyard died of cancer at the young age of 47. An amazing photographer who probably wasn't fully understood at the time of his death. Having myself turned 47 last week it seems to bring up a lot questions and thoughts. Life gets shorter each year. Is there a final goal? What is fulfilling? What is not? How did I get here? Where am I going?
This was shot last month in Joshua Tree. Hopefully it would have made Meatyard smile.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Moving Ahead

So the transition from San Diego to Yucca Valley is moving right along. New visions, odd people and new adventures have been a much needed rejuvenation tool. The blog lags from time to time as my life progresses. Now it is time to fill in the missing blanks. This is our new view. This is what we see everyday.

Monday, August 13, 2012

My dad's hobbies

I've always admired how my dad spends some of his free time. I think I got my love of tikis from him. I know I definitely got my love for travel from him.
Here is one of his pieces.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

San Simeon

After driving for a few hundred miles along the Pacific coast I started to think I had seen about as much beauty as I could handle. But I kept thinking about what a vintage clothing store owner in Sebastapol had told me the day before. He said to make sure and stop at the beach right across from the entrance to Hearst Castle. He mentioned the glowing sand and the old wooden pier.
So sure enough as we approached San Simeon we saw the road leading to the water. Fulfilling our curiosity we made the turn.

A beautiful beach with an amazing old wooden pier. Just to prove that more beauty lay ahead on our drive south.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Road Trip

4 days 3 nights 1,330 miles and a lot of Hipstamaticing. I decided to tag along for a trip to Northern California with my girlfriend who was shooting a wedding session in Sebastapol, California. We decided to take our dogs with us for the journey.
My dog Hobbes is almost 13 now and has never really had the "dog vacation" experience. Day 3of the trip had to be a dream day for a dog. I know it was for me. Visits to 2 amazing beaches with a break in Big Sur sandwiched in between.
I had to laugh at this pic. The resort had placed chairs in the river for people to have a chance to enjoy a few drinks with their feet in the water.
Since Hobbes doesn't like water, I had to carry him out and onto the seat. Seen here waiting for a cocktail.

Hobbes didn't get out much the first 9 years of his life but the last 3 have been a pretty good adventure. Hopefully he can check this experience off his Bucket List.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Rockabilly Spaceship

              Aliens appear to be influenced by the Rockabilly culture as seen in this photo.

Monday, June 18, 2012

No shoes.... No auto parts

Recently I was visiting my dad up north and decided to make a few auto part junkyard stops while I was there. I was hoping to find a missing part to my girlfriend's car. The town I grew up is a bit rough around the edges. Dollar stores, pot shops, cigarette stores, way too may tattoo parlors and a street filled with junkyards.

Pulling up to U Pick U Save, I was ready to pick. The only problem was is that I was wearing flip flops aka: thongs or sandals. I was wondering if that was going to be a problem. Sure enough...it was a problem. The guy at the entrance told me that open toed shoes or sandals couldn't come in due to safety reasons. But I was in luck he told me. They had a rental pair of shoes for only $2.00. Hooray!

So I began to do the math: drive home and get some shoes and waste $10.00 in gas, or just rent the junkyard shared rental shoes. Being a cheap guy, I made the decision to risk any potential fungus or athletes foot.
Amazingly the shoes were an 11. I was in luck because I too am an 11. So it was on with the shoes (no socks of course) and into a football field size of junked vehicles.

I never found what I was looking for, but I also didn't seem to catch any foot disease. All said and done it was $2 well spent for some interesting photo opportunities.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


                                        Can a photo of an art object be considered art as well?

Friday, June 8, 2012

The long delay...

It's been months since I've been here but a lot has happened in the last few months. Some good and some bad, but I think it's all part of the journey. Anyways...my fascination with masks continues. Ralph Eugene Meatyard continues to leave an impression on me.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Del Mar Bluffs

Winter seems to miss San Diego county for the most part. These photos were shot on a typical winter day just to the north of San Diego in the wonderful comunity of Del Mar.
Model: Krista Favish