The Migration - My Twisted Journey To The Pacific Northwest

The Migration - My Twisted Journey To The Pacific Northwest

I know I've been mostly absent for a while and for that I apologize, but it's been a bit of a crazy few months. To make a super long story short, as of April 20, I have migrated north to the grand Pacific Northwest. The lush greenery and outdoor lifestyle-driven populations have been seducing me for close to a decade, and I finally decided to take the leap.

Not only have I lived in Southern California all of my life and have been curious about a change for just about as long, but perhaps the biggest driver was to be better positioned to explore the wondrous nature the region has to offer and the people, companies, and organizations that make Mother Earth such a concentrated focus of this region.

So I now proudly call Portland, Oregon my home.

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Chopped The Head Off The Black Snake - Congratulations & Thank You Standing Rock

Chopped The Head Off The Black Snake - Congratulations & Thank You Standing Rock

I have not felt joy like this in a long time. I’m not sure why this hit me so hard, but hearing the whooping and celebrating at Oceti Sakowin literally brought tears to my eyes. This is a HUGE victory for Native American rights, the rights of indigenous people everywhere, the environment, the fight against corporate interests over human life, Mother Earth, and most importantly…humanity! 

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My Stand At Standing Rock - Guns & Oil Have Driven Us Apart, Perhaps Water Is Bringing Us Back Together

My Stand At Standing Rock - Guns & Oil Have Driven Us Apart, Perhaps Water Is Bringing Us Back Together

So it started to get real once I was waiting for my connecting flight in Denver, Colorado to Bismarck, North Dakota and I flicked through my Feedly stream. "War Crimes On The Northern Plains" "More than 140 NoDAPL Water Protectors Arrested Overnight" "Police Brutality at Standing Rock Soars With Use of Out of State Law Enforcement" "Brutalized by Police and Jailed in Dog Kennels."

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How To Start Your Summer Off With A Bang, A Woot Woot, A Yahoo, And A Gotcha Part 1 - Virtual Reality in Denmark

 How To Start Your Summer Off With A Bang, A Woot Woot, A Yahoo, And A Gotcha Part 1 - Virtual Reality in Denmark

Here's one way to start the summer off with a bang: Head to Denmark to shoot virtual reality at northern Europe's largest music and arts gathering, the famous Roskilde Festival, which, this year, included Neil Young, At The Drive In, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Action Bronson, Wiz Khalifa and an all-star cast of over 100,000 professional vomitors and shameless public urinators.

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My Love Letter(s) To Our National Parks - Happy 100th National Park Service!

My Love Letter(s) To Our National Parks - Happy 100th National Park Service!

Our National Parks and outdoors spaces have done more for me than I can ever possibly express. I have learned more about myself, more about all of us, and more about what and why matters and drives me and all of humanity in those parks than anywhere and anytime else in my adult life. I cannot think of anything that has helped to heal my psyche over the past decade more than our natural world and outdoors spaces, and while it's absolutely impossible to express all of those sentiments in a blog post, the most appropriate attempt would be to simply rehash some of my favorite scenes and stories that I have been blessed to see with my own eyes and experience with my own being over the years. So below is a gallery of 100 images from within some of our national parks and some links to some of the stories behind those images. Hope You Enjoy.

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13 Things I Learned While Shooting Virtual Reality

13 Things I Learned While Shooting Virtual Reality

A couple of months ago, I found myself in the fortunate situation of shooting virtual reality footage with a prototype VR camera...in Tahiti. Needless to say, that was an insaneexperience that I will never ever forget. If you want to read about that experience, check out this post, but here, I'm going to lay out a few things Skye Mayring, my partner in Superswell VR, and I, learned about shooting virtual reality, because, let me tell you, it's nothing like shooting regular video.

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Gettin' Real On The Streets With Chris Laughter And Loose At The Carnival With AlanaChan Warrior Princess

Gettin' Real On The Streets With Chris Laughter And Loose At The Carnival With AlanaChan Warrior Princess

Citizine gone done published a couple of more of the editorial shoots I did for them, so I wanted to share these ones with you. This time around, I got a chance to hang out for a day with Los Angeles area filmmaker and brand influencer Chris Laughter, where we sampled tacos, candies, libations, dumplings, classic architecture and a whole lotta street shooting through Downtown Los Angeles, and then I was incredibly super fortunate to spend a full day with the insanely WAYYY too much fun travel vlogger Alana Fickes, aka Alana Chan Warrior Princess, where we got crazy at the carnival! 

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Project Beyond My Expectations. Shooting Virtual Reality For The First Time. In Tahiti!

Project Beyond My Expectations. Shooting Virtual Reality For The First Time. In Tahiti!

So this is a project I've had to keep under wraps for almost a half year now, and it's been hot darn damn difficult! I recently found myself shooting virtual reality (VR) footage for a week in March with a prototype high end VR camera system. The idea was to gather footage to demonstrate the system's capabilities at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in San Francisco at the end of last month, as well as Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference (SVVR) in Palo Alto that same week.

That alone was exciting enough. 

But...

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WhyMusic In Schools? Because. The Kids Dangit. The Kids.

WhyMusic In Schools? Because. The Kids Dangit. The Kids.

So this was a super exciting thing for me and something I'm extremely proud of...a project I've been quietly working on with Earthtones for several years now has come to fruition. It's called WhyMusic In Schools and it's based around a curriculum of using technology and music as social emotional learning tools (SEL) for children at a critical age in their development. In this case it was 6th graders, and after years of putting the thing together, we just got a chance to test it in the Los Angeles Unified School District Incubator School for the first time over the past two weeks. The results? Spectacular! 

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Tahiti Bought The Ticket So You Can Take The Ride.

Tahiti Bought The Ticket So You Can Take The Ride.

So I was insanely fortunate to get the opportunity to spend a week shooting virtual reality footage for the Tahiti Tourism board in French Polynesia on the islands of Tahiti with the infamously fantabulous travelista Joan Jetsetter and uber-mad-scientist pioneering virtual reality engineer Sergi Perdices. While I'll be preparing a couple of thorough posts about that ridiculous experience in the next couple of weeks, I couldn't wait to share a few images with you that I felt might make some solid backgrounds for your phones. A few screenshots samples are above, and if you click through, you can simply right-click and download the high resolution versions to use on your own devices if you so choose. 

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Can Photography Be A Treatment For Depression?

Can Photography Be A Treatment For Depression?

Note: So this could quite possibly be the most personal thing I've ever publicly posted. It took me months to draft it and I originally published it on my Ello page a few months back, but figured it was time to post it here, on my own webpage, as well.

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The World Forestry Center Celebrates Its First 50 Years And Charts The Course Of Its Next 50

The World Forestry Center Celebrates Its First 50 Years And Charts The Course Of Its Next 50

Over the past several months, I've been blessed to be able to work with some organizations and causes that lie very close to my psyche. As most of you already know, our natural world and the protection of our open spaces is a huge thing for me, and plays a major role in my life. When I was approached by the 50 year old World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon to help usher them into a new era, defined by reversing the trends of irresponsible mass deforestation and forest exploitation by protecting the health of forests and sustainable community-managed forestry, how could I say no?

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Citizine Helped Me Re-Discover My City Through The Eyes Of It's Influencers

Citizine Helped Me Re-Discover My City Through The Eyes Of It's Influencers

Over the course of a recent 4 weeks, I found myself hanging out in the Funny or Die offices with the company's co-founder Mike Farah, sipping cappuccinos and visiting Sunset Boulevard art galleries with fashionista Marta Pozzan, inhaling tacos and mescal with globetrottin' foodie Krista Simmons, and joyriding up Pacific Coast Highway with the gorgeous DJ Duo POSSO

I forgot how much fun editorial shoots can be.

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Why I Love My Job (aka A Wintery Redwood Ranch Retreat At Sequoia National Park)

Why I Love My Job (aka A Wintery Redwood Ranch Retreat At Sequoia National Park)

If someone were to ask me to dream up the perfect piece of property and location to call home, I've found it. 

I was there. 

And it was all mine for 5 glorious days...

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Let Me Be Candid Here...

Let Me Be Candid Here...

Several years back, when I first began my immersion into digital photography world, I found myself religiously listening to every photography related podcast I could find. As the years went on and podcasts became more and more popular, more and more of them began to find their way onto my playlist. As time went on, however, I've been able to narrow it down to the handful that truly resonated with me, and there was always one that stood high on that list...

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To A Beautiful 2016...

To A Beautiful 2016...

To A Beautiful 2016...

 

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My Day At The World Forestry Center With Nobel Prize Climate Scientist Dr. Steven Running

My Day At The World Forestry Center With Nobel Prize Climate Scientist Dr. Steven Running

There's no denying that climate change is one of the preeminent topics of our day, one of the biggest challenges the current generations have to face, one of the most hotly debated topics on the public stage that has the very very very very real potential of several affecting our lives and the way we approach the future of our species and the future of the planet as a whole. So when the leaders of our world get together to discuss solutions and formulate strategies for tackling this topic, everyone listens. The problem is, no one ever expects anything to come of it. Politics as usual.

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