Life In Death: Santa Clara Cemetery And Mortuary (Fuji X10)

A trip to the cemetery can be an eyeball full of beauty and wonder. Heaps of gorgeous statues and decaying flowers but mainly the question of: when will my time come?

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This was such a beautifully timed photo. I came to this cemetery on a whim and found a perfect ray of sun on the altar.

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Wanted Poster: Union Square, San Francisco (Olympus XA)

Wanted: For violent sexual molestation (including infant and child sexual molestation) and violent sex terrorism.”

Shot with my Olympus XA, Tri-X 400 and developed at home with Rodinal.

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Waiting, Waiting, Waiting… IKEA, Palo Alto, CA (Fuji X10)

She was waiting for her friend at the IKEA cafeteria in Palo Alto, CA.

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Oceans Ereven-Suh: Outside Panera, North San Jose, CA (Fuji X100)

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November 15, 2014 · 11:47 pm

Yup, This Is Definitely Texas: My First Day In Dallas (Fuji X100)

When Livi and I arrived in Dallas for the very first time I caught a glimpse of this cowboy right outside the airport. With a rush of hot air in my face and the sight of his camel toned outfit I thought, damn, I am in Texas.

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Where Porcelain Dolls Go To Die: Inside Curiousities, A Vintage Store (Fuji X100)

A month ago I stepped into the odd world of Curiosities, a vintage store in Dallas, Texas. Speckled throughout the collection of taxidermy and early 1900’s medical supplies (DIY liver transplant, anyone?) were porcelain dolls. They hung out like mini bouncers ready to follow you around each corner. The collection of stuff was meticulously random, like a Jackson Pollock painting but instead of throwing paint on canvas, they dumped vintage photographs and porcelain knick-knacks. Here are some of the characters I found:

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One Last Time: My Last Trip To San Francisco (Fuji X100)

 

Before my permanent move to Texas I felt a duty festering deep in my soul to visit the city one last time. With my second-hand Fujifilm x100 and Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 360 in hand, I  spent hours walking around releasing any fears of separation at the tail end of the shutter sound.

 

These are my shots from the X100 in their full form, void of any image compression *cough*Facebook*cough* and commentary.

*exhale*
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Ernesto: The Cowboy of Gilroy (Fuji X100)

For the past few weeks I’ve been itching to stuff my face with hot dogs and ice cream from the Sonic Drive In. Unfortunately, the closest location is 30 minutes south in Gilroy, a city so opposite of San Jose you might as well be in Texas.

After missing my exit I decided to adventure around and I came across this tagged up house with boarded windows and doors.
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In the middle of my shooting, a large truck swung by. It crept closer and closer to my feet when suddenly a voice came out of the driver seat.

You takin’ pictures of my hoodie?

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Ranier: Yea! Is that yours?
Ernesto: I put it up there.
R: What for?
E: I found it so I decided to put it on the pole. That way if they came back they could see it. I also put a face on it.

It was eerie; like a scarecrow to ward off humans.

R: Is this your farm? Do you work around here?
E: Not mine.

He pointed to the eyes hidden beneath those furrowed brows and said,

E: I watch for things. I see people, like you.
R: You been working here awhile?
E: 25 years
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E: Where do you live?
R: Born and raised in San Jose, you?
E: I live here. See that house? See the small one behind it? I used to live in that one 20 years ago.
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R: What’s growing around here?
E: Right there is garlic
R: And across the street?
E: Romaine lettuce

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E: Here, I have something (he grabbed a bag from the bag seat and handed me a plump, green zucchini squash)
R: Oh wow! I can have it?
E: Yea! Oh wait, take this one instead. It’s better.
R: How do I cook it?
E: I don’t know, I have someone else do it for me. You just put it on the grill

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We shook hands, he left in his truck, and I was left standing on a dirt road with two zucchini squash in my pockets. All I wanted to do was go home, cut the squash, and see how amazing it would taste with melted cheese. I wasn’t craving Sonic anymore.

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Alicia – Downtown San Jose, California (Fuji X100)

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Alicia: Hey! HEY! Take a picture of me!
Me: ..okay!
Alicia: What chu want me to do?
Me: Just stand right there. Okay, now take a smoke.
Alicia: Hey, hey, you got a dollar or something?
Me: Oh, I’m sorry –  I only have card on me right now.
Alcia: …oh…

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BAD Coffee Changed My Life — Kinda Not Really

Now that I work a 9-5 job I find myself shlepping to work in the morning like a harpooned whale coming to shore, desperate for some kind of energy. Luckily, where I work we always brew a cup of drip coffee plus we hide a Keurig in the pantry for the office workers only. For the past few weeks I’ve been fine with the drip coffee as it satisfied my rudimentary needs.  But my discovery of the Keurig was like finding a new drug dealer with even better shit. One day we ran out of Keurig K-cups so my manager bought more: Don Francisco and some caramel crap from Starbucks. Being that I know NOTHING about coffee I was like, Starbucks?! SWEET!

And then I tasted it…

 

Was it just me or did this coffee taste like rancid asshole? Like seriously, I felt like I was drinking paint thinner with cream. It was painful to drink and I started to wonder, damn, should I just drink the crap we serve in the pot because I was MUCH more satisfied with that! My curiosity shot out of the sky like a set of fireworks over the simple fact that coffee could taste that different. After only a few days of research and several Youtube videos later, I settled on a lovely new piece of coffee machinery:

The Chemex.

2 parts artistic masterpiece and 2 parts chemistry equipment the Chemex is a simple device that brews a lovely cup of coffee while gracing your kitchen with timeless beauty. With an easy-to-clean design and ultra thick paper filters you allow your coffee to retain essential oils while keeping out the bitterness. After brewing my first batch this evening I can honestly say that it tastes just like a cloud would taste: light, smooth and absolutely free of any bitter taste. I wish it were morning already because I’m totally excited to make another cup or two.

Now the question is: with this better brew, how the hell can I go back to drinking the stuff at work?

Fuck.

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