flip flops

A beautiful package appeared at my door just as the warm weather returned to Portland. And inside were two beautiful flip flops – my favorite shoes and a sure sign that summer is coming. In addition to sharing a love for red shoes, Amy and I share of a love of flip flops… and not just any flip flops, but J.Crew flip flops. So even though we’re on opposite coasts and can’t look through the catalog picking out which shoes we’re going to wear this season… it wouldn’t be spring without a new pair of flip flops. Thanks Amy!

the difference between

The difference between Portland and Boston is that in Portland we have city-wide rallies when we get into the playoffs and in Boston they wait until the championship is in the bag to run around the city and celebrate.

the shot

There are a few signature shots I love to take.

[No, not those kind of shots. Though if you have to know I would say I found a couple favorites not too long ago one night at the MAC club – namely chocolate cake and lemon drop. At one point jello shots got me into some “hot” (well actually cold) water on my 21st birthday, but that’s an entirely separate story.]

Now back to photography… I love black and white with the least possible amount of light, I love shadows and skies, I love taking shots from the ground looking up at a group of friends faces, and I love repeat photography. Recently I was able to repeat a portrait shot in one of my favorite places – the Getty Villa in Malibu, California

I photographed my brother there last spring and this year I found myself with the chance to shoot friends in the same location. I don’t know what it is about this place – the natural light, the strong architectural features, the symmetry, the texture. Or the way that all those things make the people I’m photographing feel. I love capturing that on film.

march madness

As the college basketball season winds down I have to reflect on a strange season. Strange because I just didn’t feel it this year. Maybe it was the Oregon Ducks pathetic excuse for a season, maybe it was my total mishit on predicting teams road to the final four and beyond, or maybe it was just a lackluster year for college basketball. I hope it’s not the later. I hope it’s just that I didn’t connect with any of the teams or their talented players and that next year will be different.

I’ve always loved basketball beginning in high school when I rooted for the Wilson High School Trojans. That school’s program reached its zenith during my high school years and a basketball fan was born.

I fell in love with college hoops when I was in graduate school at the University of Oregon. Not only did I finally have a team to root for, but it came at an opportune time when I was disenchanted with the NBA as a lackluster group of spoiled athletes more concerned with glitz than blitzing across the court.

That has finally changed over the past few years. My Boston team, the Celtics, turned themselves around with passion and fight to win last year’s championship (which I got to experience when I was visiting Boston during the championships)… and my Portland team, the Trailblazers, are a group of fresh young talent led by Brandon Roy and spiced up by Spanish star (and Mallorcan born) Rudy Fernandez. I hoped we’d draft Kevin Durant over Greg Oden, but since that year – when we had the number one draft pick – the Blazers have soared. This year we’re going to the championships and it’s going to be a Rip City year again in Portland. Go Blazers!