Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain was the first stop along my day-trip to Niland earlier this year. I actually discovered this location through Instagram. I’d seen many stunning photoshoots done here, so I figured it would be a visually appealing place to check out.

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Playing Tourist in San Francisco

I grew up just 45 minutes outside of San Francisco, so it’s easily one of my favorite places on Earth. There’s so much to see, do, and eat that it never gets old. My mom, sister, and I would visit often, but we usually took the same route. We called ourselves “Playing Tourist.” It was always easiest (& cheapest) to ride BART (train) downtown & then walk everywhere from there.

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Rainy Day at Mission Beach

I got this idea to shoot at Mission Beach located in San Diego, California, on a cloudy day, but I’d be shooting film only this time. I just got back into shooting film after starting an Alternative Photography Practices course. The last time I remember shooting with film was well over a decade before. I started as a film photographer (not that I had any other choice being born in the ’80s) and learned that while shooting film, you only get so many exposures to get it right versus digital where you can shoot, delete, and even edit out your mistakes. I shot these mid-March 2020 just as everything started to shut down due to all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Aside from the apparent cloudy day, I feel like all that was going on made the beach that day seem a little more eerie than usual.

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