Sunday, January 26th 2013

This was a shot I took while in a car with a long exposure while waving the camera around wildly.

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Saturday, January 25th 2013

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Friday, January 24th, 2013

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Thursday, January 23rd 2013

 

Portrait of my friend Yvette.

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Wednesday, January 22 2013

 

Well, for me love is all about passion, whether it’s for a thing or an ideal or a person, which I guess is what people probably go to more than anything else. I think that the easiest way to explain it for myself is connecting it with veganism.

Before I became vegan I was a little lost, trying to figure out who I was and what was important to me. Once I became vegan, I became passionate about other living things and my own body… really taking care of myself. I fell in love with the idea of self betterment and also being a better person in general. I had a passion that opened up the doors for a lot of other things and my personal relationships changed along the way.

“Having a dog sparked everything back up and set me into a place where I was ready to find love again with another person.”

I became an open person and I was able to be open up to love in my personal life more than I could beforehand. I was probably a less honest person before I found veganism and finding that honesty helped me to express myself a lot better and through the podcasts that I host, one of which is about veganism, it’s given me more opportunities to be open with people and talk more about my life and not be afraid of what people are thinking.

Love is just so hard to precisely define. For me it’s all about passion and compassion and just trying to be a better person. Through the experiences of becoming more open and honest it’s helped in my personal life and finding love on a personal level. When you’re more open and honest it’s easier for people to accept you for who you are and to not feel like you’re guarding yourself or protecting yourself.  Protecting yourself from things that you’re afraid are going to get in the way of happiness and also blocking off the passion for things.

It kind of circles around back to that part of your life where you can’t be completely happy in love with another person until you’ve found love in all the other parts of your world and love yourself. Circling it back around to veganism, I didn’t love myself until I was able to open myself up. I found that the more I love myself, the more I can end my day completely satisfied.

Since I was a kid, maybe my early teens, or late pre-teens, I was really into music and performing and writing and just listening to music. That’s something that I feel like I’ve lost just because I’ve been so wrapped up in other things in my life. Just recently I’ve been opening myself up to music more and that it’s because I’ve been thinking about things that I love and enjoying my life. I’ve been finding that passion just by putting on a record in the morning, waking up and gearing myself for the day and listening to these sounds that I love. This puts me in a good place to start the day.

“When you’re more open and honest it’s easier for people to accept you for who you are and to not feel like you’re guarding yourself or protecting yourself.”

Also, I should talk about the dog I adopted, who I am so in love with. He’s the coolest little dude! That’s one of those things where you know no matter how much you just want to throw the little creature off a roof for eating your furniture you can’t help but just be reminded of how much you love this little thing and that’s something that’s been really helpful to me.

I recently got out of a major relationship and for a little while I felt like hopeless about love with another person. Having a dog sparked everything back up and set me into a place where I was ready to find love again with another person.

So I don’t know if all of that ties in somehow with everything else. It kind of does, because once I had an animal with me at all times, it has just reminded me about what it is to be passionate about something and has sparked me into or set me in a place where I listen to more music because I want to experience that with my dog (laughs) and then it’s put me in a place where I’m ready to find love with another person and experience that as it comes along. 52faces.com

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2013

 

Gracias Madre opening night, 30 second exposure.

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Monday, January 20th, 2013

Oh shit (laughs).

Well, on the surface I wanna say it’s that unconditional sense that you get from someone else that you’re accepted, that you’re ok. And yet that’s not true at all (laughs).

I have an abundance of love. I walk around, I start with love and then I gravitate away depending on how you treat me or how things morph next, I suppose. But I like to operate from love so love means the status quo to me.

“I try to seek out love again and remember that person, that situation wasn’t meant to be harmful to me.”

For me, love is my neutral running gear.

How does that affect my life? Well, for me it makes me act a little bit like a puppy dog. I tend to be very affectionate, hopefully not too inappropriately, and I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. I show my feelings to people while very easily exposing myself. If it works out, that’s awesome. I’m often very well received by friends and family, mostly animals, you don’t get rejected by animals that often.

Sometimes it’s misperceived as being overtly sexual. And there is definitely a sexual context, I am also a sexual being and as are all of us. There is definitely sexuality without sex, if that makes sense. So for me love is that pure feeling. That pure bliss, good feeling that I try to approach everything with.

Life beats you down. We all can be a little bitter on the ebb and the flow of life. Love is the flow… I sometimes pull back into the shell a little bit and then I’m always searching to be safe, safely back in that flow. So, it’s where I wanna be.

It can be a little scary because being the puppy dog sometimes you get the kick or the person who just doesn’t understand you. It’s usually people that will be the offending party. I try to seek out love again and remember that person, that situation wasn’t meant to be harmful to me. It was their perception, their reaction was about them, had nothing to do with me. It had everything to do with their experience in the world and maybe how they were or were not loved or loved differently. 52faces.com

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Thursday, January 9th, 2013 4:45pm

Shaun talks about love, here’s an excerpt from his response:

“I don’t know if you can open a closet and flood it with darkness. It’s just there’s light and there’s no light.”

-Shaun M, activist and documentary filmmaker (Unity, Earthlings)

Find out more about how Shaun defines and experiences love in his life through the link below.

http://fiftytwofaces.com/shaun-m

 

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Monday, January 6th 2014 3:37PM

Just before sunset on Sunset Blvd.

 

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2013 12AM

This is from 52 Faces, a photojournalistic project I put together where I asked 52 people to define love and talk about how it’s affected their life. This is Leslie’s response:

“Love is a very powerful word. Love is everything. Love can be found anywhere, any moment, of any day for me. I love my surroundings, I love the people in my life, I love doing what I’m doing at any given moment because I feel like if you don’t love what you are doing at any given moment, you shouldn’t be doing it.

Love can be tricky, love can be funny. Love can be real, it can be fake. It can be raw and emotional, and the best and worst thing that ever happened to you. Love is magic.

“It can be raw and emotional and the best and worst thing that ever happened to you.”

For me, food is love. That’s how I love on a large scale.

Growing up in an Italian family, I learned that feeding people is nurturing them and giving them life. I don’t know if there’s anything you can do to show them you love them more than to nurture them and give them life. So that’s love on a large scale for me.

Love on a small scale, that’s a little trickier. I don’t know, I love the people in my life right now, I love-love what I’m doing, it just makes me happy. I think it’s a rare thing that you can wake up every morning and be happy with where you are. So I’m savoring every second of this.

I thought I was in love. I’d like to be in love again, it’s a beautiful thing to care about someone more than you care about yourself. Love has a lot of definitions.

Love has really affected my life. Love has dragged me through the coals, it’s brought me down to the darkest place I’ve ever been; lifted me to places I never thought I didn’t think were possible. It balances me.

What it comes down to is this: I try to find love in everything. I’m passionate and I put love into everything I do, all of the content that I create, and the people that I work with…every time I teach a class, I’m giving a piece of myself and hopefully [they] take that as love.”

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