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Focus…

Whatever you are working on.  Whatever your goals.  Keep your focus.  Through the good times and bad, keep your focus!  

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Back...

Been slacking the last couple of days. Been traveling and working. Got back form Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last week. It was an amazing trip. The food and drinks were cheap. The scenery was beautiful. The people were friendly and warming. I am ready to go back! I was able to get some photo taking in while I was there. Shot ten rolls of film. Still processing them, but here are some of my favorites so far. You can also check out more photos from Puerto Vallarta by click the link right below this. IT is good to be back back blogging!

Wichita + Hip-Hop...

I have been going through some of my old photos. Looking at the hip-hop events, shows and people who attended around Wichita. Some are still with us, some aren’t. Feel very blessed to have been at the shows and events. Even more grateful that I was able to document them. So many times we have experiences and I hear people say, “I wish I would have taken a photo.” Well let me tell you, I try to make sure I take photos. You never know who might be there and who you might run into. So make sure and snap a photo or two next time you are out.

More Developed Film...

Developed some more film over the past couple of days. The first roll isn’t too bad! Looking forward to scanning some more film over the weekend. I have had many questions about developing film. It is a lot easier than one might think. The first experience I had with developing film was in middle school. I was lucky enough to be in the year book class. SO we got to go around and shoot all the photographs for the year book. I can’t remember what type of camera we had or even the film we used. But it was so cool walking around photographing everyone. The next time I set foot in a darkroom was years later when I went to college. Every Mass Communications major had to take photography. I am working now on getting a darkroom together. I have an enlarger and have told myself that I will start making prints this year! The sooner…. the better.

Traveling...

I have always loved traveling. I have always loved traveling shows. I used to watch episodes of Globe Trekker and wonder what it would be like to visit all those places. Of course Anthony Bourdain was a must to watch. Not just Parts Unknown, but going back all the way to A Cook’s Tour and No Reservations. Last night as I was sitting watching old Globe Trekker videos on YouTube, I came to realize how much traveling has become a part of my life and what it means to me.

Montreal, Canada 2018

Montreal, Canada 2018

Vatican City, Italy 2018

Vatican City, Italy 2018

There is something about traveling and seeing another place and experiencing another culture. It does something to you. It changes you. Now every couple of months I get an itch to travel again. To go explore and see new things. I have been blessed over the past 6 or 7 years to be able to travel internationally. If you can or ever wanted too… DO IT!

Vancouver, Canada 2012

Vancouver, Canada 2012

Freeport, Bahamas 2013

Freeport, Bahamas 2013

But also don’t be afraid to get out and explore. If you don’t feel like traveling to another country or are anxious about it, do what I did. I started taking road trips. Not long, just a couple hours away. Checking out towns and museums all over Kansas. Then, I visited places around the United States. New York, Washington, DC, Seattle, Portland, Houston. The more you see and the learn the more you want to see and learn more. So go out and travel. Explore different places and be a part of different things. I have so many places I want to see, and so little time. The hardest part of traveling is deciding where to go next!

London, England 2017

London, England 2017

Paris, France 2016

Paris, France 2016

Rome, Italy 2018

Rome, Italy 2018

New Year... New Photos....

Got off starting the year in Galveston, Texas. It is wonderful to ring in the new year, but even better when you can wake up and walk the beach! I used to make resolutions for new years, but the older I get the less I do it. I just want to keep focusing on learning and growing as a person. Rang in the beginning of the year shooting quite a lot of film. Want to focus on shooting more and documenting as much as I can. It is always a bit of a struggle getting out and photographing in the winter. Mainly because it is either too cold or not much going on. But no excuses right? There are some events that I want to get out and get some photos. So here are some photos from the very first couple of rolls of film I processed!

Updates Are Coming!

Working on some updates for the website and will soon be setting up a newsletter so you can always keep up to date on what is going on. Going through a lot of my photos I have taken over the years. Want to put up some of the projects I am working on as well as put some of my newer photos in the street photography section. Looking forward to shooting quite a bit in the new year. Also be on the lookout for my next zine! I have been thinking of ideas and am starting to cycle through some of the photographs to get the sequencing down. Until then… you can order my latest zine by clicking the link below!

Wichita, 2018

Wichita, 2018

Washington DC, 2017

Washington DC, 2017