This January I was able to check two very important items off my "things I really want to do list." 1 - Always travel in January (because it's cold, dark, and slow in Portland) and 2 - Travel to Japan. I spent 10 days exploring the streets, shrines and temples of Kyoto and took a Shinkansen (bullet train) ride to Tokyo for a quick overnight trip. I knew I was going to do a lot of walking on this trip, and I like to travel light, so I only brought my Lonely Planet Kyoto guide and a discrete Leica Q camera which served me very well. I find that an unassuming camera is the best way to photograph life on the street because you can capture natural situations without drawing attention to myself. Kyoto offers a fascinating old-world view of Japan, as well as some of the most spectacular shrines and temples in all of Japan. January is the low season so the city is less crowded, although if I do make another trip it would be in the spring to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. The people are also remarkable, and I made a couple of friends during my stay. If you have an opportunity to go I highly recommend it.
Headed out to Walla Walla for Seattle Met to photograph some of their top 100 Washington Wines of 2015. Tough life, I know. Christophe Baron of both Horsepower Vineyards and Cayuse, was our tour guide and subject for the day. Being so very French we had Christophe opening a bottle of wine in the first 30 minutes and by the end, we all felt like good friends (but perhaps that was just the delicious Syrah talking). Nevertheless, we left with an excellent dinner recommendation and an even more excellent bottle of wine. À bientôt Christophe!
Last fall NashCO (Leah Nash & Christopher Onstott) teamed up with Jan Sonnenmair to shoot a little NW soccer action for the New York Times Travel Section. Those Timbers Fans are not messing around. Many of them slept in line overnight to be the first ones in the stands. Not to mentions the costumes, the Timbers Army, the green smoke and those ubiquitous scarves. In some ways the fans are way more interesting to watch than the soccer itself (and way more fun to photograph). The game we shot they ended up beating the Sounders 1 to 0, which means the green smoke was flying. In a city with not a ton of professional sports options (and the Blazers will break our hearts every time) and not a ton of what I would call your typical sports fan, it is so amazing to see Portland rally around soccer.
Every August for the past 15 years a magical event called Pickathon takes place just outside of Portland. Four days of music, camping, beer drinking and general good times spill out onto Pendarvis farm. Not only is there amazing music at 6 stages tucked all over the woods but it is also the only large outdoor music festival in the United States to eliminate single use dish ware, cups (thanks to Klean Kanteen) and utensils. Plastic free since 2010 they also compost and use renewable energy. We were given the official job of photographic 'roamer' which basically means wander around and shoot whatever makes the event cool. See ya there in 2014.
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