Good news this morning: my summer artist residency application in Havana, Cuba was ✨ACCEPTED✨! I will be spending the first half of July working on a photo project that has been simmering on the back burners of my mind for the last 3 years since my mother passed. I want to develop a series of photographs and text for a photo book about identity, place, and loss and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in work and the motherland.
At the beginning of August, I headed up north to Grass Valley (3 hour northeast of San Francisco) to Tim Green’s Louder Studios to meet up with my dear buds of Los Angeles band FEELS. They were recording their sophomore album for 10 days, and I was happy to stay a few nights and document the time for them.
We spent this last weekend in San Francisco and thought we’d stay an extra day to watch the eclipse with friends. I read that Los Angeles would only be getting 62% moon-to-sun coverage, and that San Francisco would be getting 75% coverage, so why not! We scrambled to get eclipse glasses at the last minute but it ended up being okay, as it was so foggy, when paired with sun glasses, the veil of fog made it a little easier to look at the sun.
I’m gearing up to get on the road at the end of August through September, traveling to several border towns with AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides) and Tanya Aguiñiga‘s Border Quipu. After bringing the project to all of the border crossings in California last year, AMBOS Project will be on the road taking the Border Quipu and other various artistic interventions to all of the border crossings from Lukeville, Arizona to El Paso, Texas. I helped document this project last year at the Tijuana/San Diego border and I am even more excited to join them on the road to document this next extension.
I’m finally doing it, I’m visiting my motherland! Corey & I booked our tickets to Cuba for mid-November and I’ll be shooting photos along the way for a photo essay feature on CheapAir.com‘s travel blog! I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do more than document my first-time in Cuba and share it with people who also are eager to discover more about this beautiful and isolated place.
A week ago last week, Corey and I spent a few days in Big Sur (northern California). It was our official plan to celebrate my 32nd birthday at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, sure, but if anything it was more like a much needed mini-mid-week vacation just for the two of us. What better place to catch your breathe than Big Sur? A place where it actually gets quiet enough to hear your own thoughts.
Above image: A double exposure photograph I found when I searched “Goa, India” on Pinterest. Photographer unknown.
I’m so happy to have booked a wedding abroad last week! I will be shooting Nikki & Rohit’s wedding in Goa, India this mid-December and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s times like these where I have to reel myself in from packing every (digital and film) camera I own.