This trip to Lake Tahoe, CA was one of my first trips with just friends before I was 21. In this coming of age period of my youth I experienced a different landscape than what I was use to living in San Francisco. It was a participation of enduring elements of the winter season. I have been to some of these same places before in my childhood with my parents, but this time the rules changed. I was out there being how I wanted. Snowboarding and coming down the mountains I felt gusts of liberation and the crisp air fill me with breaths of freedom. Out there I only thought about myself in the present and experienced each moment one at a time. I observed my friends experience similar feelings, laughing, playing, being in each others company. We don’t have enough of that day to day. There was no previously determined agenda that I did not participate in deciding. This place was much more quiet, allowing myself to listen and observe with more of my senses.
Many of these images were included in my first zine publication, Pinched Hemisphere Issue No.1 – Blitz, I produced last October. PH 1 included other elements and moments and coming of age from other tips I made and long periods of time in my hometown. All photos were shot on 35mm color film. PH 1 is available here.
- DM 10.15.14