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Days of Summer

Gonna drop one on ya.

just a little bit.

just ta see if you like it. . .

right Caroline?

a few tips first.  😉  pun intended.

wake up earlier, its rewarding.

listen to CRS, Justice, Air, Cinematic Orchestra, Portugal The Man, and Rogue Wave and Jose Gonzales.

drink less.

drink more. who was I kidding?

Watch Weeds, The Office, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The L Word, and of course, Entourage.

Keep up on current events, balances you and keeps you from being a zombie to one aspect of your life. 

Screw it, watch anything HBO has to offer. Especially in the next five years.

Go to Vegas at least once a year.

explore the outdoors around you,

investing in a DVR or TIVO is like diversifying your life portfolio.

ride a bike or walk if you can. LA is the exception.

Never give homeless people money.

Give them food,

gift certificates to someplace they can get food,

or give them your attention.

Not all problems can be solved with money.

but what do I know.

here are some frames ya little rascals.

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Thanks Erin.

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Boston.

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Missing DC a bit. or at least the friends I made there. Be back at the end of Oct.

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Miles Lavin everybody.

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Playing softball in front of the capitol was amazing.

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played with a former Congressman, Rep. Istook.

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. . .
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real mature Rondell. . .

Now for some VT deep cuts.

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That place changed me for the better.

Now some hometownchicoshots.

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“I get by with a little help from my friends” – Ringo Starr.

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yesterday is so today

I’ll start with my NY trip.Loved shooting that city out.

I hadn’t been there since childhood,

so it was a much different experience.

The amount of people that are around you

walking next to you,

on the subway,

at the park,

at Starbucks or whatever. . . it seems you can’t have a private moment in public.

But then there were times, especially at Central Park,

where I found my own space to lie down and relax on a summer’s day.

satisfaction, finding peace in a complex, crowded, and crazy city.

the crowd makes rooftops so necessary.

park and rooftops are the places in the city where you can really get away.

inside you have radio, TV, the indispensable internet, and god knows what else.

but in the park and up on the roof,

you either have yourself and your thoughts

or the company of others, just taking it in.

for those are the moments in life when people can truly be themselves.

no competition, no baggage, no self interest,

just friends enjoying each others presence for what it is.

I really treasure those times;

most of the time I get completely engrossed in self matters that I neglect reflection.

Its the simple times that bring me back, center and refocus me, remind me of who I am.

New York, for me, was a breath of fresh air from the hectic life I had in DC.

Not that I wasn’t happy in DC, it just can be a bit overwhelming sometimes,

and the trip to NY helped me stay focused at Heritage, just needed a little breather.

Well then.

I apologize for not updating as often as I should, DC is coming.

Here are the rest of my frames from the NYC.

They are all pretty much from one day, Jazz in the Park on Sunday, and also a Punk concert in the same park.

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Thanks goes out to people who view/read this.

Live Your Life.

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The Vice Issue + Fight Night

First off, I want to congratulate my best friends Matt Craig, for his acceptance into THE intern position (meaning there is one ONE) at VII photo agency (check it out), and Julius Metoyer, who is graduating from Emerson in a couple of weeks, then heading to LA to shake up the world. 

They are both on their way.  And they both deserve everything they have achieved.

Again, congrats gentlemen.

And on to the blogging. . .

The Orion entertainment section decided to run a special Vice issue a couple weeks back.

They concentrated on the 7 deadly sins.

Greed

Lust

Envy

Wrath

Sloth

Gluttony

Pride

For each of these aforementioned sins came an article.

I picked up the pride and sloth articles.

For some reason, sloth was about salons, or people who have other people do things for them.

Pride was about tattoos.

-PRIDE-

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She was getting the snake redone.

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Bar-B, the main piercer at Alley Tats.

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About to pierce the tongue, they mark the dot with a pen, clamp down and have at it..

-SLOTH-

I went to the place I usually get my hair cut, and my main damie Hilda (who cuts my hair) was down to have some pictures taken.

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This week was also the start of the Farmer’s Market, every Thursday the city of Chico shuts down Broadway street and hols an open air market. The event draws about 10,000 people every week.

Most families attend to let their kids enjoy the festivities. Bounce houses, food, entertainers, and others family oriented activities are there for the children to enjoy.

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This mother and son were enjoying the new chess table facilities at the park. They used wood chips and leaves for pieces.

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This is also an event that all of the pre-teen and teen kids and Chico can go to hang out with their friends. You can see all sorts of high school kids, from the “I want to smoke cigs in public” type, to the “I can’t wait to graduate and go to Chico State” to even the “I wish I wasn’t here with my parents” group.  At some point in our lives, we were all there.  Most of us just aren’t from Chico.

Just can’t wait to grow up, get pregnant and develop a substance dependency.

Right.

Anyway. . .

This week is Fight Night in Chico.

The Orion did a profile on a guy who is 4-o in previous fight night fights. I was lucky enough to get the assignment.  He ended up being 5-0 in a close fight decided by a point or two.

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Catch ya on the flipside.

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Major Upload, Private Moments

Well.

 It has been quite some time since I have been able to sift through all of the photos that I took and/or developed over break.

 Lets recap:

  • Stormtroopers for the Rose Parade
  • Governer’s Inauguration and Ball (will upload later)
  • Family Christmas (will upload later)
  • the 1881
  • Early assignments for the Orion
  • Other misc Chico photos

I really don’t have any rhyme or reason to the order of the photos, I’m just going to publish whatever comes to me, so note that these aren’t chronological in any way.

I want to start off with a couple of frames I got a a buddy’s birthday recently.  He turned 19, and had a pretty darn large party with plenty of alcohol to make it last.  People were playing beer pong for hours until the DJ got the open air dance floor going with some Nor Cal/East Bay Music.  Basically it was all Mac Dre and E-40.  I might have heard Nickatina and some Tupac, but the “THIZZ NATION” definitely represented. 

Represented HARD.

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They were out to control the dance floor.  They did. 

Thizz nation?  OK. 

But really fellas, what’s with the glasses/goggles?

I guess it really doesn’t matter if it makes you happy.

These next two seemed pretty content with themselves.

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Nice guys.  stay classy.

And here is the birthday boy.  He had a pretty good night.

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So here is my roommate Cody.  He wanted to get a tattoo in remembrance of his late infant cousin and his late friend.  This frame ran in the Orion, for a “Developing Chico” segment in the paper.  It’s basically a small portion of the Features section that showcases a standalone piece of work from the photography department.  I liked the expression on his face, he never winced from the pain.

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Over Christmas break I went with my buddy Matt to photograph an entire division of stormtroopers.  George Lucas was named Grand Marshall of the 2007 Rose Parade and Bowl game, so as an escort, what could possibly be better than 200 something fully suited stormtroopers. 

To these uber fans from all over the globe, apparently nothing.

To these people, this was a chance of a lifetime. 

I doubt they got to actually to meet Lucas in person, but simply getting to live out the dream was enough to get these fans to practice four days straight for the parade.

The only day out of the four they practice that I attended was an informal dress rehersal, so I never got any shots with them in full gear, but I think these do justice.

Here they are spacing themsleves in formation.

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It was funny watching them learn how to march around corners.  These are people who own thousands of dollars worth of action figures and still hang out in comic book stores, not military personnel.

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And on the left is the lucky schmuck who was chosen to be Darth Vader. 

I wonder what the interviews were like for that.

“So what qualities do you have that best exemplify an ruthless imperial Sith Jedi leader?”

Riiiiiight. . .

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I had found this roll of 35mm film that had to be at least 10 years old last summer, and I was really curious to see if it would still be good.  I dunno, it looked kinda beat up on the outside, and hadn’t been kept in the best conditions so I tried it out.

This is what I got.

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I was pretty darn pleased.

This next one is from a while back, May 1st, “MAY DAY” to be exact.  I guess it was on a roll of film that I didn’t get developed until recently.  I really dig this one.

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On a different note, I know this guy named Lupe.

Lupe is hardcore.

Lupe doesn’t have health insurance.

Lupe had an accident.

Thank God Lupe is hardcore, or he’d be up a creek or drowning in debt.

He was on the job, and injured himself.  He cut an inch and 1/2 slice into his leg with a box knife. 

However, he couldn’t afford to go to the hospital so he had to fix it on his own.  He gathered cleaning supplies and Krazy Glue.

Krazy Glue?

Yep, Krazy glue.

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That’s how Lupe rolls.

hardcore. 

He played basketball the next day too.

Speaking of basketball, I have a couple of frames from a game I shot for the Orion newspaper.

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Well. . .

that’s all for now,

Σύλληψη εσείς στον ανόητο flip-side!

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