I am fundraising again for SurfAid International -- www.surfaidinternational.org to raise money for their efforts to eradicate malaria, establish emergency preparedness, and disaster relief programs, such as from earthquakes and tsunamis, throughout the Mentawai and Nias islands of Indonesia. Part of my fundraising is to swim, hence, swim for life, and I'm preparing for it now, if I can find a pool! The last time I was in the water was, sadly, this time last year. And as a surfer at heart, and swimmer for life, this is not good - like a fish out of water! But swim practice or not, I will take the plunge.
My other goal for the upcoming year is to make a trip to Indonesia, not just to work on photography projects and stories, but to document the efforts of SurfAid, and the daily life of the native people who live in one of the most isolated places in the world.
Here's a couple images from a shoot in the city. the first is just a look at the city skyline but the second is one of my favorites, of my good friend Chris & her finance, Sanne, along the Embarcadero.
But this time in mustard flowers in her family's vineyard in Carneros. Cold, a bit rainy, Belen was so amazing! I hope she had fun during our shoot session as I had her wear galloshes too small, had her jump and spin around, lay in the damp earth covered with mustard flowers, and what else did i torture her with? i am still editing. the light was amazing, so i just kept shooting. here's a few picks:
Shooting for myself, I went to visit pre-parade preparations for about an hour. It was fun, once again, shooting in realms of a cityscape. not my best work but it was liberating to be shooting again, as i feel so removed from life & the city.