UTAH 2015

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

During spring break this year, I flew out to Salt Lake City, Utah with my friend/fellow photographer Jake, got picked up by another friend, Kyle, who had driven from San Luis Obispo, California, and met friend number three, Alex, at the Park City Ski Resort, were he worked as ski patrol throughout the winter. After a day of skiing and snowboarding, we spent the rest of the week trekking through the famous national parks of Utah, including Canyonlands, Arches, Zion, and Bryce. Many, many images were made but here are a handful highlighting the journey. 

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Winter 2015

In an attempt to pretend like I had any free time, I jumped on the Klipsun magazine staff as a photographer for winter quarter. During these three months I got to document new stories, more in-depth than I had previously. A Sikh teacher, a hypnotherapist, and a BitCoin startup team were among some of the personalities I had the privilege or meeting. Below are a few of my favorite images from this quarter's edition titled "Timeless", some published, some not.

Members of Northwest Cheer's advanced SilverStars team hold hands and visualize their performance before practicing on January 28, 2015 at the Northwest Cheer Gym. The SilverStars are made up of multiple competitive all-star cheerleading teams ranging in ages 5-18 years old. 

Members of Northwest Cheer's advanced SilverStars team hold hands and visualize their performance before practicing on January 28, 2015 at the Northwest Cheer Gym. The SilverStars are made up of multiple competitive all-star cheerleading teams ranging in ages 5-18 years old. 

Sukhmanii Kahlon, 22, is a Western Washington University student who teaches a weekly class focused on adapting to American culture for the elders of Sikh temple   Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurudwara in Lynden, Washington. Her photo (left) was used for the front cover of the "Timeless" edition, juxtaposed with one of her students, Manjit Kaur, on the back cover (right). 

A child enters the Darbar Sahib, the main prayer hall, of Sikh temple Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurudwara in Lynden, Washington during a prayer service on March 1, 2015. During Sikh prayer services, participants sit barefoot on the floor of the the prayer hall after prostrating before the Sikh sacred text upon entering the room. 

A child enters the Darbar Sahib, the main prayer hall, of Sikh temple Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurudwara in Lynden, Washington during a prayer service on March 1, 2015. During Sikh prayer services, participants sit barefoot on the floor of the the prayer hall after prostrating before the Sikh sacred text upon entering the room. 

Sikh elders of the Lynden Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurudwara community sit against the wall of the main prayer hall during a prayer service on March 1, 2015. Due to the language barrier and cultural differences, many of the community's elders have struggled to adapt to the United States after immigrating from India over the past few decades. 

Sikh elders of the Lynden Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurudwara community sit against the wall of the main prayer hall during a prayer service on March 1, 2015. Due to the language barrier and cultural differences, many of the community's elders have struggled to adapt to the United States after immigrating from India over the past few decades. 

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Western Washington University student, Sukhmanii Kahlon, teaches the meaning of english words "previous" and "sore" to Sikh elders during her weekly class at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurudwara following a prayer service on March 1, 2015. In her classes, Kahlon teaches words and phrases that are relevant to scenarios in the everyday lives of the Sikh elders such as visiting a doctor. 

Western Washington University student, Sukhmanii Kahlon, teaches the meaning of english words "previous" and "sore" to Sikh elders during her weekly class at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurudwara following a prayer service on March 1, 2015. In her classes, Kahlon teaches words and phrases that are relevant to scenarios in the everyday lives of the Sikh elders such as visiting a doctor. 

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12 of Kahlon's students 

Riders from Western Washington University, Central Washington University, University of Oregon, and others compete in an equestrian horse show on February 1, 2015. 

Riders from Western Washington University, Central Washington University, University of Oregon, and others compete in an equestrian horse show on February 1, 2015. 

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For a multimedia piece on mountaineering in Washington, I got the chance to take a small aircraft up over the North Cascades with a writer and her father. Gorgeous day, gorgeous mountains. 

For a multimedia piece on mountaineering in Washington, I got the chance to take a small aircraft up over the North Cascades with a writer and her father. Gorgeous day, gorgeous mountains. 

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August 2014

Marmot Pass, Olympic National Forest, WA.

Plumes of smoke from the fires in Central Washington.

Hopland, CA

Crater Lake, OR

Friendly thru-hikers on the PCT

Met some groups of people hiking through the PCT that were camping at Crater Lake for the night. Grock, the man below on the left, sold most of his belongings a few years ago and has been hiking some of the best trails in the country. 

Random Levitation

Kessie and I were bored one evening and I had been meaning to try out some surrealist photography. Not perfect, but a fun photo to make. 

Trail running to Snow and Gem Lakes

Back to the Enchantments

Alex and I did our second 18 mile hike of the summer through the Enchantments. 5am start, 6000ft vertical gain, and an 8 mile hitchhike back to the car.

July 2014

I had the chance to take some time off and head down to Honeyman State Park for a weekend. Filled with sand dunes, Honeyman was a nice change of scenery. 

Dawn at Honeyman State Park, OR

Tracks from the previous 4th of July evening. 

Andrew launching onto the sand dune slip n' slide into Cleawox Lake.

Sandboarding down classic Oregon sand dunes.

The Brothers

Alex and I set out at 5:00am to the Olympic Peninsula in order to climb the 6000 vertical and 18 miles roundtrip that was required to summit the Brothers, which are two of the Olympic peaks visible from Seattle. 

Lake Melakwa

The morning fog below Lake Melakwa.

The view from the top of Melakwa Pass looking down on a frozen lake. 

Shadows of Fort Flagler

Exploring the abandoned bunkers from the late 1800's. 

Kickboxing at Alpha Martial Arts

C-Sections and a Neonatal ICU

Throughout the summer, I had the chance to freelance a few times for Seattle's NPR station, KUOW, and began by following University of Washington obstetrician Dr. Easterling through his daily routine of seeing high-risk patients. These mothers have had cancer, organ transplants, are pregnant with twins, or have any other number of conditions that qualify them for the UW's highly sought after maternity clinic. 

Read Isolde Raferty's story here: http://kuow.org/post/stories-courage-uws-maternity-clinic

KUOW reporter Isolde Raftery and I also had a chance to visit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Above, Abbie and Ben Ball prepare to take their twins home for the first time after they were born by C-section. Abbie is a special education teacher who was born with spinal muscular atrophy and developed HELLP syndrome, a complication of preeclampsia. 

June 2014

Jake and Kyle cruising down a hill in Chelan, WA

Hill of Wenatchee, WA

Colchuck Peak, Central Cascades 

A local of lake Colchuck

Lake Colchuck

Senior Portraits at Magnuson Park

Alex steering the Turtle Crawl toward the Olympics

Alex steering the Turtle Crawl toward the Olympics