Sacramento Stories

Stories in pictures, words in pictures, pictures of stories: my feet travel the many streets in this city every day, my eyes cross many moments that are captured by my lens (a Holga attached to a Nikon body). A selection can be found on this page, many more right here, and some (long) ramblings to follow. Three years here now and it sometimes feels like home, but often still an island where I feel stranded, holding on tight to my partner and kids, looking south towards another country, an simpler life. This is an ongoing collection as I never leave the house without my camera, but unique because all images are taken through the blur of a Holga lens and unedited apart from a little straightening here and there.

Hope and Action (Hope vs. Action?)

NYC, London, Sacramento, over the past decade. So many more where these came from, so many more that are still waiting to be taken.

“It appears to be the same rotten old wheel that keeps this country churning:

Oppression, hatred, cruelty, and fear.

We are hanging in there, tiptoeing around, then suddenly jumping full force

With our Doc Martens into the middle of it.

It’s either hide in the shadows and hope for the best or be the change you want to be for your children.

It won’t happen for us, but we can do it for the next generations.

If we don’t maintain some kind of semblance of hope there wouldn’t be any point in living anymore.

So hope pushes us forward, but reality makes it clear that Hope alone won’t save the day.

And if we don’t fight then we are no more than cowards really.

This world is so much bigger than a bar, a city, a country.

This world is so much bigger than the individual.”

(Excerpt from a work in progress with a working name of “Belonging”. It may or may not see the day).

Capturing the Moment

Back when Luna was about 8 months old and we were about to celebrate her first Christmas we started a silly Santa photo tradition where we all dressed in black and frowned next to Santa. It was hilarious, but nowadays neither Luna or Aurora are really interested in sitting on some strangers lap, and it's very likely that Aurora will do a runner through the mall if we even try. So this year we decided to enlist my mother's talents to create some family/holiday/we-are-now-5 photos. I don't know how all those families manage to get their kids to stand still and smile into the camera dreamily for their photos, but I am severely lacking in that skill... Mind you I much prefer a more edgier touch to photos than the general "soft" style, so I knew my mother would understand my vision without me really having to explain it! 

The photos are gorgeous, and are a very much a representation of us... If you want to check out the entire gallery you can find it HERE, and I have posted my favourites below. If you are interested in your own session you can contact Alison Toon through her website, wherever you are in the world seeing as she may just be near you on her travels.

Who knows, we may still end up getting Santa photos done, but I really am going to cherish this collection forever. Thanks Mum!

(Family members: if you want to get a high res version of a specific image or even order a print, you can do so through the website).