Rappers with Cameras - Zine #2 Release Party

Rappers with Cameras is one of my favorite events in Seattle because of the way that it celebrates art, diversity, and, above all, community, while still being accessible and inviting to individuals of all walks of life and all ages. 

You can read part of the origin story here, but the gist of the event is Geo and Thig invite their friends, family, and everyone else on the internet to come to a venue (historically the shared Blue Scholars - The Physics studio), mingle, drink, see the world from their perspective, and strengthen the community. One of the most impressive elements at RwC is that no individual population makes up a majority of the group, and there is rarely a feeling of in-group/out-group dynamics. I rarely hear standard questions like "what do you do?" when people are being introduced, instead conversations circulate about expression, art, music, mutual friends, and which photos were most moving. 

Last night's event was no exception. There was a bit of dancing, lots of laughter, and a strong sense of community. People were there to celebrate art as much as they were there to celebrate each other. If you're in the Seattle area, stop by the next RwC. I strongly believe it will be worth your time. 

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San Francisco - Summer Edition

I've been fortunate to spend a lot of time with my friends around the country over the last few months, and very recently spent three weeks in San Francisco catching up with school friends and making new ones. Living in the Pacific Northwest for the past decade has fueled my appreciation for oceans and coast lines, so I spent a few days exploring the Bay Area scenery and attempting to capture its beauty.

My favorite drive was heading west of Golden Gate on the North Side, towards Point Bonita. I never made it to the lighthouse there, but the bunkers, rolling hills, and beaches made the trip more than worth it. It's pretty safe to say I fell in love with the area. 

Golden Gate Bridge

Muir Beach

I loved being high enough that you could see the changes in water color as it transitions from the ocean to the bay.  

San Francisco from Bonita Cove Bunker

Point Bonita Lighthouse (way out there on the tip)

As I was walking down to the cove, I caught a sailboat passing through a dip in the rocks. 

A cove slightly north of Point Bonita. The sound of the waves on the rocks here was beautiful.  

Cashmere

Early in January, I was finally able to join my friend Allon Freiman and his family at their cabin in Cashmere, Washington after many years of poor timing and respectfully-declined invitations (on my end). The structure is recessed into a hillside, so that when you're inside, you cannot see anything but nature. It was a relaxing (and chilly) few days with Allon, his parents, and family friends Casey and Mahri, as well as their young twins. 

My morning view from the loft.

My morning view from the loft.

Mahri showing flashcards to the boys. 

Mahri showing flashcards to the boys. 

The beautiful twins. 

The beautiful twins. 

Mahri and the boys.

Mahri and the boys.

Mindy and Zia. 

Mindy and Zia. 

Casey and the boys.

Casey and the boys.

One of many incredible meals. 

One of many incredible meals. 

Hiking. 

Hiking. 

The view from the top of the canyon. 

The view from the top of the canyon.