West Coast Monochrome Diaries Part 1

I’m not too sure exactly what it is that keeps me so interested in black and white photography. Mostly the simplicity of it. A monochrome photograph is straight to the point – it’s meaningful, but still raw. Everything is digital these days, but when I got my hands on a 35 mm camera I just loved it and stuck with it, and now I’m shooting with all kinds of different film formats. I like to take my cameras with me everywhere I go and shoot it as I see it.

In the next couple years, I’ll document my travels and everyday life. I am always attracted to the behind-the-scenes scenarios, people at their most honest state. There’s something about it that makes a powerful image, no matter what the subject is. It’s like fuck the bullshit, this is what it really is, I don’t want to try and mask it. The images below were shot with a Canon f1, 35mm Film & a Pentax 645 N2, 120mm Film. Enjoy!

A Midweek Meditation on Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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