This month was one that made me feel very appreciative and content. Everyone around me and my surroundings made me feel this way. I felt at home. Besides working and trying to stay focused on all my artistic ventures, I didn't get around to photographing or exploring too much. This was the first month that I didn't go see a band! I was very happy to be able to photograph one of my best friends weddings and spend most of her day with her. I got to see more parts of town that I hadn't before and I was happy. I got to attend my very first Pride and it was absolutely heartwarming. I smiled the whole time. I met new friends. After a very enjoyable couple of weeks I was plaqued with heartbreak which left me feeling quite the opposite than before. I made my way through and was glad to finally leave for vacation. I left for Colorado, Wyoming and California.. Which is why this post is so late! I apologize!
It was difficult choosing a photograph for this month! I did my best to get out of the house more in between working more hours and ended up attending more shows than I expected, which of course means more photos! I felt like I blinked and the month was ending already. The weather has started to be very hot, and for the first time in my life, I wasn't ready for summer. I went and saw Savages, which was maybe the most energetic and tiring concert that I've ever been too. I've never experienced anything like that energy, Jehnny Beth's stage presence and the entire band's incredible talent. I went and saw PVRIS which was a fun time, I enjoyed listening to Lynn Gunn sing finally and dancing with the other girls. I went and saw Phoebe Bridgers and we ended up talking for a long time and having a really nice time together, and of course her set was enchanting. I love that I live in a city that brings me so many opportunities to enjoy music! I did my best to spend more time walking around in places that I haven't been before and will be doing the same this month. I love riding the light rail and looking out the window, passing trees and fields, I love the shining buildings and people eating outdoors. I love walking the streets at night after a show. I love it here and I can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings.
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Hey all. This was a busy month for me, or at least it felt that way. The first months of the year always race by, which is rather disappointing. My photograph this month is a self portrait. I decided last year that I would take one around this time every year until someday I have a substantial collection. A very gradual project but I think it will be interesting to view my own growth in the future. So this is me, at 22, in 2016. This is my third or forth month living in Oregon and everyday I'm happier, when I'm not worried about money. The trees get fuller and more green every single day, more than I've seen in my entire life and it's mesmerizing. I'm so grateful. It's also been very warm and sunny with a few rainy days, which back at home it's still been snowing, something that I'm also glad to be away from. It's wonderful to be able to experience Spring for what feels like the first time. This month I didn't get to explore as much sadly, but I did get to photograph my friend Rachel for her blog quite a bit which allows me to explore parts of Portland that I haven't seen yet! Will I ever see the whole city? I didn't get to do much shooting outside of that which is never my favorite, but I did get to see Courtney Barnett at the Crystal Ballroom! This was my first time getting to attend a concert at this grand venue with strange and lovely architecture and it was spectacular. I met friends and everyone danced while the floor shook. A band called Alvvays opened for them, which was also a treat since I had been wanting to see them live for awhile too, they are so fun. I'm ready for May, ready for roses, ready to get out and explore more, ready to see more shows and meet more people.
Here are some photographs that I took this month!
Another beautiful month in Portland! Days wandering this expanse of the city until my feet ache, getting up early to sounds of the rain and enjoying the more frequent sunny and warm days. This month was special for me, since I'm used to getting snow until early April back home, I very much appreciated and was in awe of all of the huge flowers starting to bloom and all the trees. It's strange to me to see such large flowers, to see blossoms filing up every inch on the top. I've never gotten to see such a full Spring and I'm so grateful. These little things really warm my heart. One day I watched the sunset across the river, behind the city. Another, I drove only two hours to the ocean, which was so wonderful. I climbed rocky hills down to the beach, I watched the waves, tried to see the details of a far off lighthouse, hiked through the forest in only a tee shirt with sunlight filtering through the branches. I can't believe all the beauty that I am surrounded by. I saw some amazing bands that I really wanted to see too. If this is any indication of what my life is going to be like here, then I'm very ready. I hope everyone had a wonderful March.. Here are a few photographs that I took this month. If you want to see more, I post frequently on my Tumblr and Facebook.
What a month. My second month of living in Oregon has been an example of the life that I've always dreamed of. Although there are still things that come with stress, such as struggling to find that perfect job and getting things paid, I've never been happier. This month was spent exploring as usual. I took some hikes in some new places, one day figuring out that my jacket is indeed not waterproof as previously assumed. I walked in new parts of the city and met some more people. I enjoyed strolls in the neighborhoods, admiring all of the houses. I walked by the river and enjoyed the reflections of the buildings as the sun went down behind them. I couldn't believe when all the trees started blooming already. I attended a show at Mississippi Studios to see Quasi, a band that my favorite drummer is a part of aside from her other band, which happens to be my favorite. I got to meet her and talk to her and the show was energetic which was wonderful. A week later I went and saw another show at the same venue. The opener was Haley Heyndrickx, a girl and her band from Portland which I was very blown away by. I hope to see them at their next show! The headliner was Julien Baker, a sweet girl that I admire greatly. I was grateful that she talked to me before and after her set and also signed my cd. Her music is haunting and heartbreaking but maybe the most beautiful you'll ever hear from a one woman band. It filled me with life and I bet it will be in the best concerts that I see this year. This month was short but beautiful and I hope the rest of the year is just like it.
You can see more of my photos of Julien Baker and Haley Heyndrickx in my Digital Photography as well as more images that I took this month.
Happy New Year! I'm excited to be posting my first post of the year. This month was a little hectic for me, packed full of almost nothing but stress and fatigue. Last month, I decided that it would be a good idea to look into moving to Oregon. Ever since the decision was made, I had been riddled with anxiety and worries which is to be expected from someone moving and even more so from a young woman like myself moving away from home for the very first time and did I mention, on my own. So as the moving date approached and I scrambled to get everything in order, I was more and more anxious and very much in denial. My family and friends said goodbye to me, but I didn't feel any different and I left my job and I tried to take in everything that I could of my home town and my rituals at home and with my friends, but everything felt the same. I couldn't sleep for weeks, and it was awful. I had a wonderful going away party with as many friends and family and I could fit into my house. I spent my last free day with my best friend and my dad. The morning of the move I packed my remaining possessions and tried not to get too sad leaving my father and my cat but I cried hard while I drove through town, empty in the dark. By the time the sun was rising and I was focused on my task at hand, getting there. The drive wasn't nearly as arduous as I expected, which I was glad of. I spent one night in Idaho and the next day I arrived. After a few days of dreadful sleeping on the floor all my things arrived at the apartment and I have been making it feel like home. Oregon makes me so happy and it's full of beauty like I've never seen and Portland calms me in a way that I can't describe, while still being vibrant and exciting. It's a little sad that I had to leave everyone that I love, to be somewhere where I think I can thrive, to be somewhere that I can be happy but I haven't regretted this decision yet and I doubt that I will. I cannot wait to see where the rest of my journey takes me.
I'm going to have so many photos this year so stay tuned!
It's interesting to me how the months of the year go so quickly but then you get to December, and the last month of the year feels like it drags out so long. After returning home from a quick trip to Denver to visit my twin sister, I packed my bags and headed out to Portland, OR once again. This time I had a vehicle and met up with some lovely girls that I plan to be living with from here on out. It was a successful trip, and I'm grateful. It also reminded me of the beauty and calmness this city has. It rained and I wandered this city and forest. Besides the flooding, I quite enjoyed the slightly warmer weather and lack of wind. My aunt joined me and it was enjoyable to get to see her, it was nice to have her around while trying to make a big choice. The trip home was an arduous one with a delay on my plane and a sneaking feeling that I would be returning soon, and maybe shouldn't even have been leaving. With a couple weeks to spend worrying about whether or not I was going to get approved for an apartment I returned to an old job, which I was happy to see some old faces that really took my mind off of things. So now it's nearing Christmas and all I can think about is the fact that I will be moving to another state and trying to start things for myself. This year was one of the best that I've had in my life; I wonder what the new year will bring and I'm very thrilled to see where it will take me.
November is one of my favorite and least favorite months somehow. The weather was incredibly bearable and even nice during the first half the month and then it changed into bone chilling cold. Wyoming is a state with winters that make you want to stay inside until around June, and with the temperatures only reaching around 15 degrees the last few days, I'm definitely feeling this way. When my seasonal job ended, I took the time to start researching how I can move to another state, which has been stressful but exciting. I also was able to go down to Denver to see my sister for the week of my birthday which was also the week of Thanksgiving. The drive was horrifying and stressful on the snow and ice covered highway to Colorado and I certainly didn't enjoy it. Spending a week with my sister and her roommates was wonderful and I had a joyous time on the days that I got to spend by myself exploring the lovely city which wasn't nearly as cold as at home. There was a couple days that I got to 60 degrees! My birthday was a nice day that I mostly got to wander around in solitude. When everyone in the house got off work, we went to the highlands and had a fancy dinner. I watched the light snow sprinkle on the city from the table which everyone chatted and ate their delicious tapas. It was an alright night, but it was cold and I was tired, but I enjoyed the sight of the city that I got and it was enjoyable spending time with my sister and her friends. The day before, I decided that I wanted a change and cut the majority of my hair off, and I absolutely love it. This Thanksgiving was my first away from home, and it was interesting to be around people who weren't my family. There was pleasant food and company. I'm not sure when I'll get to see my sister again, so it was special to me to get to spend the time that I had with her and I was sad when I had to leave. I'm home now and awaiting another trip, which I will write about next month!
This is a bit late, I'm sorry for that! Well this month was quite a lovely one. Besides the fact that I worked quite often, I got to spend very much time in Denver with my sister and her friends and enjoyed it very much. I stayed for awhile this time. It was nice being around in the fall when the leaves are floating down the street and everyone is just a little more bundled than usual. While I was there, I got to see a band called Sunflower Bean with my sister and friend Tucker. My sister and I walked to the venue, the Gothic Theatre and waited for the show. I got to meet the bass player Julia Cumming and talk to her a bit and the band signed my CD and Tuckers LP for him. It was great! We danced along and then had a fun night of playing guitar afterword. My sister and I spent the week touring coffee shops and going to the record store. There was another concert that I got to go see while visiting and that was Girlpool. I also got to meet Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, who were very sweet and kind and sold me one of their yellow records. The show was everything that I wanted, packed into the small Lost Lake, we all sang along and felt filled up with music. It was the best and I was so happy that I got to experience their songs live so close to them. Halloween was fun as usual even though I didn't do much this year. My friend Alex and I dressed up and went to see her brothers band play, which was enough for me.
See all the photos from the shows in my Digital Photography Gallery!
This month seemed like a hectic one, but had a few advantages as well. Labor Day weekend, I drove down to Denver to visit my sister and spend time in the city. It was refreshing and very much needed. We found good coffee on Broadway, we dined downtown in the city lights and noise, we found nice antique shops, went to Taste of Denver, and ended up seeing Joan Jett in Civic Center Park! It was probably the best time that I've had in Denver, Colorado so far. The rest of this month was spent working my new job and starting to miss college a little bit. My job requires me to be on the road some of the time and staying in different small and desolate cities in the state. I don't mind in part because being out of town is always nice for me and I love driving and traveling. Even if the destination isn't always incredibly desirable, the journey is usually relaxing. On the way home from one of my recent jobs I stopped at the historical site Independence Rock, since I hadn't been since Elementary school. I'm so glad that I did; it was so beautiful, calm and solitary. In my spare time this month, I've been playing music and getting coffee with my friends and considering when I might move. I enjoy September most of the time, when it's just starting to be autumn and I made sure to get some photographs of the newly changing trees.
Here are a few more photographs I took this month. I hope everyone's September was good.
Each month I will be posting a Photo of the Month! Also I'll try to work in any requested posts or things I find interesting to post! Enjoy!