Saturday, March 28, 2009

Beirut - Elephant Gun

This is more a little exercise for me, but I'll share it with the internetz. I thought of compiling all the different names I answer to, or have answered to throughout my life. Here goes:

james, jaime, jamie, jaime alejandro, yainks (phonetic pronunciation in Spanish), jimmy, alex, gato, pollo, cachacho, pipo, cacho, cachaquin.

And now here's a totally unrelated photograph taken in Rotterdam:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

the smiths - i wont share you

Everyone ripped their feet open on the pebble beach at Laguna de Apoyo. Especially Joe.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

black kids - love me already

My favorite mid-March Miami trees.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Destroyer - Watercolours into the Ocean

I'm pretty sure I have enough photos to put together a body of work titled "Photos my mother hates."


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Saves the Day - Rocks Tonic Juice Magic

This totally used to be my peel-out-of-the-highschool-parking-lot-in-your-93-Camry jam.

2003 feels so far away now.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Akron/Family - Dont be Afraid

I just got back from my trip through Nicaragua and I'm realizing that no matter how many photos I take of anything, I'll never be able to really explain a lot of what went on. It would be very difficult for one photo to convey the experiences of the solitary bus ride scenery of volcanoes, FSLN flags, and barbed wire fences. Random conversations, smells, and especially, night-time are particularly hard for me to capture on film. It's taken me a long time, but I'm finally starting to appreciate the fact that some experiences are just better kept as little anecdotes between you and the people who were there. I'm slowly learning that I don't HAVE to photograph everything that happens to me. Maybe what I mean to say is, not photographing every second may preserve the experiences in a different way and conserve some of their mystery.

So while I develop my photos, I thought I'd just compile a list of what went on because it also helps me remember the little details I didn't bother bringing the viewfinder to my eye for, but are nevertheless, worth remembering.

Chicken Buses Taken: 10 +
Plates of Gallo Pinto Consumed: 8
Street Dogs Befriended: 3
Dutch Kids Befriended: 4
Volcanoes Ascended: 4
Volcanoes Sand-Boarded Down: 1
Times I thought to myself "Please don't die on this mountain": 1
Hitchhikes: 3
Weddings Attended: 1
Malaria Contracted: 0
Toñas Consumed: 20 +
Monkeys Seen: 14
Monkeys Harassed: 10
Times Surfed: 1
Flor de Caña Bottles Recycled: 5?
Shoes Destroyed: 1
Digital Cameras Destroyed: 1
Jurassic Park References made: 6 +
Horses Ridden: 1
Beds Slept In: 7
Gringos Encountered: 5
Snakes Spotted: 2
Rolls of 35mm Shot: 6
Lanchas Taken: 1
Watched 'Speed' Dubbed in Spanish: 1
Obama Bumper stickers Spotted: 2
McCain Bumper stickers Spotted: 0
Cordobas Spent: C$ 8,400
Times Stargazing In the Back of a Pickup Driving Through An Empty Nicaragua: 1
Splinters: 2
Cicadas Evaded: 3

This was taken in the previously bombed-to-smithereens city of Dresden.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

BSS - Aging Faces/Losing Places

If things are going as they should, I should be at a wedding in Nicaragua just as this entry gets posted. Even if I fall into a volcano or something, it's sort of nice to know this thing will keep posting posthumously.