As San Francisco finalized its preparations for Super Bowl 50 celebrations, I hopped on a flight to Madrid for a two week work trip. Escaping the Super Bowl madness was an opportunity I welcomed, despite my Denver Broncos competing for – and eventually winning – the national title. While photography was not the primary motivation for my trip, I found about ten hours to get lost in the streets of old Madrid behind the viewfinder of my camera. Below is the color and burst I stumbled across.
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Desigual's downtown San Francisco store hosted an undie party to kick off the holiday season. First 100 people to line up outside the store — in their underwear — were rewarded with a free top and a free bottom of their choosing from the store. My job was the capture the experience for Desigual's blog and social media.
Wandering the streets of San Francisco one night in late April of 2012, my friend Alejandro posed an interesting question. "Want to go to Spain this summer?" he asked.
Aware Alejandro had lived in southern Spain for some time and currently taught high school Spanish, the idea seemed air tight. I processed the question, quickly failing to find a single reason why not. "Yes," I said 15 seconds later.
Fast forward to July, I returned to San Francisco from an amazing two week jaunt to Alaska and unpacked my jackets and pants then repacked my t-shirts and shorts and hopped on a flight to Madrid via JFK to meet Alejandro and his long time friend Arne. I arrived in Spain and had a cup of airport coffee before stepping on a bus en rout to Pamplona, where Arne and Alejandro had been for the last couple days. I arrived, the party already in full swing.
Below is a written and visual account of the two weeks Alejandro, Arne and I traveled across Spain. Above is a video, splicing the journey into a photo-video, driven by motion.
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Late June of 2011, I ventured to Israel for a ten day journey with Sachlav Birthright, an organization created to enable young Jewish Americans to experience Israel. Although I don't subscribe too much to the religious components of Judaism, I identify with the cultural side of it and exposure to the State of Israel, a Jewish state since 1948, invited an intense series of emotions.
Cruising around the entire State of Israel with 39 other Jews currently living in America allowed me to witness the beautiful art in Tzfat, feel the chills of the Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, float in the disappearing Dead Sea, gaze over to the Syrian border from Mt. Bental Bunker, and much more.