I spent the month of December in Egypt with friend and colleague Dina Sarhane of DS Studio. We traveled to Cairo to study their community recreational spaces located throughout the city, called Nadys. While in Cairo we met with the dean and head of the architecture department at The American University in Cairo. During our meeting we had a tour of the campus and were invited to visit the rare book collection to see original drawings of Cairo from the late 1800s and early 1900s. We then visited the architecture library and were shown original drawings by noted Egyptian modernist architects, Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef. Such a treat to see the two different drawing sets and styles. Stay tuned for more posts on our Egyptian adventure..
I scheduled a few shoots between Portland and Palm Springs around the same time last
month so decided to make a road trip of it. It's been several years since the last time and
I was itching to do another one along the coast. Any photographer will tell you a long
road trip is great for inspiration and self directed projects so it's always
fun to be able to make it an adventure.
Live/work extends beyond my living situation (I work out
of where I live). This working vacation was purposely more vacation
than the last working vacation to the Caribbean which ended up being
work heavy. Not complaining in either case, I consider myself lucky to be
able to combine my three passions: photography, architecture and travel.
I finally made it to Palm Springs, or as I like to call it Modernism Mecca. I was not disappointed and can't wait to go back. I rented a car so I was able to explore a few other places that were on my list. I went to the Integratron in Joshua Tree and had a sound bath which was pretty rad. South of Palm Springs is Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain, two anomalies worth checking out for anyone interested in seeing different desert architecture interventions. At the end of my trip I spent a couple days in San Diego and of course had to check out the thoughtful design of Louis Kahn's Salk Institute.
I had some time after a shoot today so I went down to
Finn Slough in Richmond. I'd heard about this "shantytown"
a few months ago and wanted to check it out. It was settled in the 1890s by some Finnish miners and loggers. An interesting bit, in keeping with Finnish tradition, one of the first buildings they constructed was a sauna. This place gives me ideas
about design/build communities. It'll be cool to go back
once everything's blooming again and see how it changes.
I took a little working vacation for a couple weeks this month. I spent five relaxing days in
St. Lucia and a week in Barbados, shooting a few vacation homes on both islands before attending my friend's wedding on the beach in Barbados.
On my 18-day vacation I...
drove a mercedes • slept in a mercedes • saw the sunrise in the german countryside • drove through villages and towns i'll never remember the names of • saw lots of turbines and solar fields • relied on the kindness of strangers • saw a castle on a cliff • enjoyed peace and solitude • reflected on the past • daydreamed about the future • got lost exploring on purpose • photographed major icons • enjoyed a daytime thunderstorm in berlin • realized how much i miss being around german speakers • drove 180km/hr on the autobahn • spent the night at the bauhaus school • wondered and wandered • rode in planes, trains and automobiles, and a boat • reunited with friends i haven't seen in years • missed others that couldn't make it • swam in the mediterranean • sunned on the sand • laughed • put away my camera • relaxed • went to a lovely wedding • listened and learned • danced • drank sangria a lot • abandoned plans • continued traditions • appreciated home • experienced thunder and lightning in barcelona • let go • saw the sunrise in spain • caught the flu • came home to a surprise thunderstorm •