Through the lens: photos from April


In case you hadn’t noticed, a third of 2014 has already flown by.

I know. I’m wondering where time went, too. But as usual, I’ve documented the past several weeks so I can remember where the heck I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. As usual, it was a busy month!

Silver Lake art

Red Lion Tavern

My second semester and first year of grad school wrapped up yesterday—all that’s left is turning in final projects. (I better stop procrastinating.) I did some much-needed bonding with a few of my classmates who have become really good friends over the past few months. I’m so lucky to have met all these talented, wonderful people. Above is a shot from the Red Lion Tavern here in Silver Lake, which I’ve been wanting to visit since I moved here. The beer garden was awesome.

Venice beach boardwalk

Venice beach boardwalk

Venice beach boardwalk

Venice Beach

Above, a super windy day at Venice Beach. Below, the old and long-defunct Griffith Park Zoo (those cages were straight-up animal prisons).

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baby rattlesnake

While exploring Griffith Park and jumping from rock to rock, I almost stepped on this baby rattlesnake. Cute, right?


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And I fell a little more in love with the Arts District downtown when Rachel and I met up for the latest edition of Beer with a Blogger.

Now that it’s May, I’m looking forward to finding out how the rest of my summer is going to pan out. I have a few job prospects up in the air, plus I’m taking a summer class and hoping to do a little traveling when I can. (A weekend camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park is in the works!)

What were your April highlights? And what are you looking forward to in May?

Through the Lens: photos from January

month in photos: January

How can it almost be February when I moved to California just yesterday?!

That’s how it feels, anyway. Hard to believe John and I are almost halfway through the lease on our apartment when we’re still working on getting art on the walls. It’s funny, though—Los Angeles feels so familiar in a lot of ways that it’s almost as though I’ve lived here longer. The landscape suits me. The weather definitely suits me. The traffic, um, not so much. But there’s so damn much to discover here that it’s impossible to be bored.

Fairfax records sign

The beginning of 2014 was especially significant considering it was the first time I rang in the New Year in L.A. This year will be the first of which the entirety I’ll spend here in the Golden State. To mark the end of a very good month, here are a few of my favorite photos from January:
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haze in LA

Michael Heizer LACMApinhole camera

The above photo is a long-exposure image of a pinhole camera projected onto a big screen. From inside a small, dark room at the LACMA, we could see Fairfax Avenue with fuzzy people and cars going by.

And for more epitome-of-Los-Angeles photos, the beach in winter:
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I’ve been playing around with Lightroom lately, resulting in the above filtered photo. Clearly enhanced, but I like it. Appropriate for the somewhat-misplaced and yet so-very-Venice graffiti.

Silver Lake discopalm tree shadowCassie and John


January was a good month. I made the most of my winter break working on creative projects both online and around the apartment. (I even busted out some gold spray paint!) John and I had the chance to check out a few new-to-us spots in our neighborhood. And I began an intense semester of school that I’m really looking forward to.

February, I think, will be even better. I’m getting more involved with Neon Tommy, I’ve got several writing projects in the works, and John and I will be making a trip to San Francisco and Palo Alto to visit his sister and our favorite West Coast bartender. Lots to look forward to.

How about you? What are you looking forward to in February? (It’s a short month, so no time to waste!)