I've been drawn to electrical poles in the landscape for some time and have recently been making an effort to document my findings. I love the surreal encounters with these man made structures. For me it's not a story of (wo)man vs. nature, but rather, the physical representation of humans connecting to each other across distances.
Estimated to have been planted some 200+ years ago, I tried to imagine the Étienne de Boray Oak, also known as the "Tree of Life" as a sapling. It was difficult. Passing by, the tree could easily be dismissed as just another Oak, for it's presence isn't truly felt until you step beneath the canopy. The Tree Of Life is experienced from the inside out.
When I arrived, I was the only one there and after my eyes scanned the spell binding branches, a small alter tucked in at the base of it's massive trunk caught my attention. I walked over and found an in-memoriam card for a man by the name of Daniel "Danny" Farnsworth Kerwick attached to a poem. As the wind bustled the leaves, I sat there and read it aloud...
San Sebastian is officially one of my favorite cities. It's upscale with an adventurous energy, making it a haven for culinary innovation and young travelers. We spent most of our days walking the streets, popping in and out of Pintox bars, and enjoying the beach views.
In hindsight, we traveled to Spain to begin what is sure to be a lifelong love affair with the country. Even before we left, a second trip was being written with a growing itinerary of cities to visit and tables to eat at.
My recent dive back into black and white has inspired a renewed and discerning relationship to shape, color and light, which came alive in the streets of Barcelona and the cities that followed.
Sensitive to the slight transformations of similar scenes happening around me, I found moments that signified place rather than "Spain". The images below are not sights to visit, but an act of wandering with awareness. Someone visiting Barcelona will most likely experience something akin, yet under circumstances completely their own .
Continuing below are a series of images I made more spontaneously on my Fuji X100T. I love moving between the two cameras, with the Fuji allowing me to shoot comfortably in intimate spaces and create images in a more discrete and diaristic way.
I love walking the streets of NYC at night when the car, street and store lights accentuate subjects. It feels like your very own play.
So many times I've seen objects in the subway and thought, how? why? who?