East Jesus II

I previously shared photos from my trip to East Jesus earlier this year. We arrived midday on a bright sunny day, so the shooting conditions weren’t the most ideal. I went with a black and white edit so that the focus could be more about the details. I recently revisited the photos wanting to find a way to take advantage of the imperfections. I felt like showing East Jesus in color could add more to the story.

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Escape to Tulum – Digital

It’s officially been a month since I got back from Tulum, and I miss it so much. It was the first time all year that I felt at 100% at peace, and ever since my trip, I’ve made a conscious effort to try to maintain it. What I’ve discovered has helped me the most is disconnecting from social media as much as possible, getting outside, and focusing on the things I love to do.

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Escape to Tulum – Film

I recently traveled to Tulum, Mexico, for a much-needed getaway… Yes, in the middle of a pandemic. Like mostly everyone else in California, I had been inside since mid-March. I hadn’t planned on traveling until at least next summer. I consider myself an “extroverted-introvert”: I enjoy my own company, but I like the option to go out and do things and be around other people as needed. Having no choice but being stuck at home for months, combined with nonstop bad news of the world, was starting to eat away at my mental health.

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Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain was the first stop along my day-trip to Niland earlier this year. I previously shared photos from my visit to East Jesus located further down the road in Slab City. 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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East Jesus

In January of 2020, my friends and I took a day trip to Niland, California, to visit an art community called East Jesus. East Jesus is about a 2.5-hour drive from San Diego, California, and it’s located literally in the middle of nowhere, hence the name “East Jesus.” It’s apart of a community called Slab City, also known as “The Last Free Place on Earth.” According to Eastjesus.org, it serves as a “refuge to artists, musicians, survivalists, writers, scientists, laymen, and other wandering geniuses.” It was established in 2007 by a man named Charles Stephen Russel, who worked alongside Leonard Knight, known for Salvation Mountain, located just down the road from East Jesus.

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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.” This time I made a new route. In all of my visits, I never considered taking a guided city tour. It was always easiest (& cheapest) to ride BART (train) downtown & then walk everywhere from there. A few of my favorite places to visit in the city are Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Baker Beach, and Golden Gate Park.

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