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Saturday, April 27th, 2013
10:01 am - Making sure this account doesn't get purged, part 2
the first picture

I took this picture back in the first part of 2006, as part of an assignment for one of my first photography courses. I forget what the assignment was--something about capturing an event or something. This was an immigration rally at the state capital. I was nervous about being there, because I had no idea how to shoot in crowds. I tailed one of the Sacramento Bee reporters for a while to see what she did, but eventually just wandered around on my own.

I started out at the back of the crowd, but eventually made my way to the front, just below the people who were giving speeches. I took some pictures of them, but eventually turned and looked at the crowd. I raised my camera and looked through the viewfinder as I panned across the people.

I started shooting, and there was this transcendent moment where I stopped paying attention to the mechanics of what I was doing and just went with the flow of what was before me. I remember very clearly seeing this woman in my viewfinder and taking her picture. It was the moment when I felt like a photographer for the first time. It's hard to explain.

I have this picture up on my wall at home. It's not really all that great--I would learn a lot more about how to make good pictures later, but it is a reminder of the moment I became a photographer.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
11:14 am - hands, part 28

the hands of a marijuana advocate, filling the bowl.

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Saturday, May 8th, 2010
11:44 am - hands, part 27
hands part 27

the hands of a daughter, walking in memory of her mom.

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Monday, February 15th, 2010
11:18 am - hands, part 26

the hands of a reporter, waiting for an answer.

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Friday, December 25th, 2009
4:07 pm - christmas buddha

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Friday, November 13th, 2009
7:46 am - hands, part 25
happy guy

the hands of "happy guy", a J street regular.

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Friday, September 18th, 2009
8:19 pm - hands, part 24

the hands of a fitness trainer after paddle boarding.

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Monday, September 7th, 2009
10:33 am - hands, part 23
blacksmith hands

the hands of a blacksmith, practicing the art of blacksmithery.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
11:21 am - hands, part 22
tomato hands

the hands of malida, with the fruit of her labor.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
9:22 am - This is not about pears

Dissolved outlines form a scumbled
crevice through which light escapes,


reminding us of error’s beauty,
that this is not about pears,


most certainly not about pears.

--from "This is Not About Pears" by Matthew Hittinger

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Monday, July 20th, 2009
9:40 am - let it be

i wake up to the sound of music
mother mary comes to me
speaking words of wisdom
let it be.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
7:23 pm - pears (three different ones)
Some say
it was a pear
Eve ate.


Why else the shape
of the womb,
or of the cello
Whose single song is grief
for the parent tree?


Why else the fruit itself
tawny and sweet
which your lover
over breakfast
lets go your pear-
shaped breast
to reach for?


Poem by Linda Pastan

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Sunday, July 12th, 2009
7:32 am - hands, part 21
jazz hands

the hands of tony passarell, a jazz saxophonist.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2009
10:48 pm - livestrong

the money shot from the amgen tour of california this afternoon.

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Friday, February 13th, 2009
9:24 pm - in the arms of an angel

Spend all your time waiting
for that second chance
for a break that would make it okay
there's always one reason
to feel not good enough
and it's hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction
oh beautiful release
memory seeps from my veins
let me be empty
oh and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

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Thursday, February 12th, 2009
10:15 pm - you can never break the chain
the chain

listen to the wind blow
down comes the night

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
10:25 am - grandma with grandchild, ubon ratchathani

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Sunday, February 1st, 2009
9:57 pm - as an alternative to football
crissy field

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
7:13 am - a good scent from a strange mountain

"Hồ Chí Minh came to me again last night, his hands covered with confectioners' sugar."

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Friday, January 23rd, 2009
2:55 pm - Don't make me do it without the fez on

Khao San Road

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