The two sides of Mt. Diablo - Portra 160 - Mamiya 645pro - Arthur A
Kyle Rail Hop to Bank - San Francisco, CA - Mamiya 645pro - Kodak Portra 400 - Arthur Alvarez
Follow up to the spotcheck the other day posted on the Full Frame Instagram. Kyle aka Cubby was generous enough to take me out and trick / coach on the finer points of strobing bmx shots. It was a fun evening and I’m already loading up my Mamiya portra to get back out and learn more.
Kyle tutored me in bmx strobe shooting by being the subject. Here’s the result.
Hiking Half Dome - Yosemite - California - Pentax 67 - Kodak Portra 400 - Arthur Alvarez
The hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite is a battle with one’s will. A series of uphills, roundabouts, slippery paths made of ankle twisting rocks and a death defying finale that people often forget is only the middle. However, this hike alone will take you from cabins, to rivers, and up alongside massive waterfalls. The only recommendation I can give is to do it.
Photos from my Half Dome Hike are up on Full Frame today.
Charles - Bronica Etrsi - Kodak Portra 400
Happy Birthday to my good friend Charles. Cheers to another year of spontaneous adventure.
McWay Falls - Big Sur, CA - Kodak Portra 400
Right off the winding roads of highway 1, is an incredibly easy to access view of McWay Falls. A place that hosts a variety of delicate wildlife. Standing on the edge presents an expansive view of some of the deepest blues you’ll ever witness on the California Coast.
fuckyeahtotoishorny asked: "Hong Kong has such a cool aesthetic. My definition of a city. Dirty, constantly changing, building over itself with no regard for the past, and completely unplanned" How can that be your definition of a city? it is the definition of a mess... cities need to be planned, history needs to be preserved, and they need to be clean so people who live there can be happy. I think Amsterdam or Vienna are much better examples. your definition is an antithesis
I totally get where you’re coming from, but I feel definitions of cities are pretty subjective. It’s like how we choose what neighborhood we want to live in.
If you like the clean well planned aesthetic, you’re not alone. Hong Kong is pretty much half of that. The other half is basically exactly what you called it; a mess. It’s what I imagined the place to be and what I’ve always been drawn to from a visual standpoint.
Cities speak enormously about those that live in them. The people on the ground, living every day of their lives there, are ultimately the ones who shape them. The legitimate planning only goes so far. In the end the look of a city is going to be created by the details imparted by it’s citizens. Things like holiday decorations, littering, art murals, community gardens, etc.
But what about historic preservation? In a place like Hong Kong, the messy area is usually the more historic area. It’s a little like San Francisco. The city planners planned to destroy an enormous amount of historic buildings along hundred year old Market Street for the creation of new buildings. In that scenario, the plan of execution was to eradicate history for shinier buildings that could house a lot more people. It’s what the city felt resident’s needed, and visually showcased San Francisco’s changing ideals. It’s sucky in more ways than one, but I can see both sides. In that way, I agree with you that cities like Vienna or Amsterdam are awesome for preserving their historic sites.
Hopefully this doesn’t all sound like a lame attempt to defend Hong Kong. It is far from perfect, but I’ve just always leaned more toward the opinion’s of Jane Jacobs than that of Robert Moses. I feel cities are at their best when they are random. Life is random, people are random, and the cities I love are random. To finish, I’ll leave you with a quote:
“There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.” - Jane Jacobs
Reconstruction - Hong Kong - Kodak Portra 400 - Bronica Etrsi - by Arthur Alvarez (Ahsah)
Hong Kong has such a cool aesthetic. My definition of a city. Dirty, constantly changing, building over itself with no regard for the past, and completely unplanned.
Do me a solid and check out+follow Full Frame Collective - A photo collective featuring the photographic work’s of Terry Barentsen, Kyle Emery Peck (Permasummer), Aaron Durand (Everydaydude), Chris Willmore (ConditionNYC), John Daniel Reiss (Buffaloa), and your’s truly (Arthur Alvarez - Ahsah). We travel really far east, light fireworks in Alaska, participate in death defying unsanctioned bicycle races and spend way too much time staring into viewfinders. Basically, we’re into all the same stuff as you.
HK streetscapes - 2013 - Bronica ETRSI - Kodak Portra 400 - Arthur Alvarez
Facilitated by an over abundance of signage is the intertwining maze of Hong Kong’s roadways. Cars and people whiz by in all directions. Sometimes dizzying, always fascinating, and during the summer months, hot as the inside of an oven.
AM Activities - HK - Bronica Etrsi - Kodak Portra 400 - by Arthur A
Nothing beats traveling to a foreign land where you don’t speak a lick of the local language. It completely destroys the invisible barrier that is created by verbiage. Instead, you are left to speak with actions and facial expressions. This allows you to be who you are without the fuss that is brought about by explanation. You are who you are based on what you do. In a world of too many words and so little action. More actions should be taken to speak more words about the merits of linguistic ignorance.
Embracing the warm glow from Valencia street windows - San Francisco - Bronica Etrsi - Portra 400
People I’ve hung out with this year Part 1 - San Francisco - 2013/14 - Various Cameras (Bronica Etrsi, Mamiya 645pro, Nikon F4) - Mostly all Portra 400 or 160
If you follow my blog and happen to catch my photos on the dash, you’re probably well aware I mainly shoot landscapes. Particularly of people as tiny little dots inhabiting a larger space. Without the cash flow to play around in airplanes, I spend a lot of time on foot. Cautiously navigating and normally getting lost around the upper levels of buildings and mountain tops.
However, this post isn’t about composition, juxtaposition, or any other artsy word ending in “tion”. It’s about the people you and I have adventures with. Yes, I can attest to how glorious it is to traverse rolling green hillsides with nothing, but your thoughts. Finding yourself alone in the forest is also kind of cool. But nothing really beats sharing those places with others. There’s just something special about that glowing “whoah” face your companion makes after reaching that waterfall, rooftop, or secret beach. It’s a way to experience the awe you felt one or ten more times.
With that said, this post is for people and life. Get out there, explore, adventure, and get lost. Just remember that it’s always a little more fun with a few friends.
From Land to Sea - Various Beaches - Northern California - Nikon F4 - Portra 400
Farmlands - Brentwood, CA - Mamiya 645pro - Kodak Portra 400 - Ahsah
A few miles off CA SR4 is a natural preserve called Round Valley. I particularly like coming up here when winter is on it’s last chilly breath. Right around that time, spring comes along and begins washing away all the brown with a fresh coat of neutral greens. If you’re ever in the area, observing this mid stage transformation is pretty fascinating.