I'm working on documenting the beginning moment of a brand new California State Park, the Los Angeles State Historic Park. It's been a labor of love, as my wife Stephanie works there, and I began shooting it for a friend and co worker of hers, the architect behind the beautiful park buildings. But it seems to be growing into a larger story. Stay tuned for that... I'll deliver the story to the people who commissioned it and then post more about it here afterward. But for now, here's a teaser. I hope you can see from these images what a lovely and interesting open space this park is, sitting as it does in the middle of one of the largest urban sprawls in the world.
Out California's Sonoran Desert lies a place called Salvation Mountain. It is a monumental work of outsider art, born of ecstatic spiritual convictions and built over many years by the late Leonard Knight. Since Mr. Knight's passing, volunteers have been working to preserve the site.
Adjacent to Salvation Mountain lies Slab City. Named for the ubiquitous concrete foundations left by the US Army when they abandoned the area, it's now a squatter's paradise. Everyone in this village lives here for free, and a vibrant offbeat community of artists, outsiders, street philosophers, snow birds, and burnouts commingle here
A winter hike with the family. A two minute HD video.
The smell of wet creosote bush is in the air, and vast and ephemeral lakes dot the land. This is the first serious flight of Mojave Morning's new drone, The Beagle.
While camping at Red Rock Canyon in California's Mojave Desert last night, I noticed some clouds moving in from the west just at sunset. I had assumed they would ruin my plans to take a photo of the Milky Way setting over the red rocks of the desert badlands so I shot this as close to the end of astronomical twilight as possible, perhaps even catching the end of twilight. Soon after, the clouds moved in completely, and today it's raining there.
We're recently back from an amazing trip to northern and central New Mexico. We did a lot of things there, including visiting ancient Anasazi ruins and modern reservations, hiking in the Colorado Plateau and along the Rio Grande river, visiting old shrines and holy sites of the Spanish conquistadors, exploring Santa Fe, the country's oldest state capitol, and searching for wildlife on the eastern face of the continental divide. One of the highlights was taking an hour long ride in a hot air balloon in Albuquerque. Points go to our great pilot, Murray, and World Balloon for a great flight. Here's what it was like:
Three headshots of Stephanie.
Her pic and bio are going to appear in the credits for an exhibition at the Gene Autry Museum in L.A., so it was time for an updated head shot.
What do you do when you want to take landscape pictures but the sky is a perfect, boring blue containing nothing but a piercing white sun? Take pictures of something else, of course! Here are four images of classic warplanes that were left to decompose on the smouldering late-summer tarmac of March Air Force Base.
It was a fun time shooting Sammie Simone (find her on insta: @yeahthatginger) at Joshua Tree National Park this labor day weekend. Thanks to John King for getting Sammy in on it.