This 15-Year-Old Missing Girl Might Be At Disneyland

Hey Tumblr Disnerds, help us find Sage.  This is already Day 4 and her parents are very worried.  They just want her to come home safely.  Please share this and reblog it.  If you see her, call the Downey police at 562-861-0771 or Kim Lee at 562-688-9119

A Tale of Two Street Lamps

I love photographing street lamps in the night.  I love photographing what their light brings to life in the otherwise still surroundings.  I love that when we’re walking at night they light our way and show us new shadows and details.

I’ve shot more than a few street lamps in my time with a camera.  These two were photographed just under a month apart.  

The first is from a nighttime stroll along the outer walls of Père Lachaise in Paris.  It was a wonderful night in good company.  We wandered over to the cemetery to see if it was still open because I wanted to shoot some long exposures.  It turned out to be closed, but walking around the walls to make our way toward the next part of our night, I looked up.  So we stopped, I pulled out my tripod and my camera and set up.  I look at this shot and see so many things in the photo itself, the juxtaposition of the production trucks and generator verses the walls of the 210 year old cemetery.  I see the scene around me, that exists beyond the photograph.  The person who passed us on the street and was careful not to walk through my shot.  The busier street a few blocks away.  The entrance to Père Lachaise to our left, and a handsome smile to my right.

The second is from an adventure a few nights ago around Downtown Los Angeles.  A friend was in town on tour and he’s also a great photographer. So we decided our catching up should be done while we bounced around downtown with tripods and shutter remotes in hand.  It was a lot of fun.  Looking for the nooks and crannies in this city is something I haven’t done nearly enough of in the 11 years I’ve been a resident of Los Angeles.  We had a great time trying to find them.

Smoking (confetti) gun.
Los Angeles.

Smoking (confetti) gun.

Los Angeles.

Please, please, please don’t drive while intoxicated.

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I saw this on our local news last night, and it broke my heart. Here’s today’s LA Times:

The Los Angeles County coroner has identified a Palmdale teen who authorities said was killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed into her home and hit her while she slept.

Giselle Mendoza, 16, was pronounced dead at her home early Sunday after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies said Roberto…

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Oh hey there VSCO Grid.
Do you guys know about VSCO Grid?  Because it’s pretty rad.  It’s a community that’s fueled by the wonderful app, VSCOcam.  You can follow people, but they can’t see who follows them.  Nor can you see who follows you.  There is no vehicle for liking, commenting, reposting.  It is simply about the photos.  Not the popularity or even social engagement.  It’s wonderful.  
I have a grid, and I really enjoy putting photos on it.  They’re shots that have only been taken on my phone, with that app.  You should check it out, and even make your own grid.
You can find my grid here: http://austenr.vsco.co

Oh hey there VSCO Grid.

Do you guys know about VSCO Grid?  Because it’s pretty rad.  It’s a community that’s fueled by the wonderful app, VSCOcam.  You can follow people, but they can’t see who follows them.  Nor can you see who follows you.  There is no vehicle for liking, commenting, reposting.  It is simply about the photos.  Not the popularity or even social engagement.  It’s wonderful.  

I have a grid, and I really enjoy putting photos on it.  They’re shots that have only been taken on my phone, with that app.  You should check it out, and even make your own grid.

You can find my grid here: http://austenr.vsco.co

Johnny Gallagher at the Mint

Coast to coast on this one.  The last set of the talented dude was from a show in NYC in February (click here for that photo set).  Had a great time photographing him again last night, but this time in Los Angeles.  He’s going to put out an album in September, so you’ll be able to hear him no matter where you live.  Wanna know where you can catch him live?  Check him out on Twitter:

www.twitter.com/JohnGallagherJr

It was a lovely night with lovely people last night. #vscocam (at Bergamot Cafe)

It was a lovely night with lovely people last night. #vscocam (at Bergamot Cafe)

One more shot from my trip to Disneyland Paris in honor of its 22nd birthday! I loved meeting Remy during my lunch.

One more shot from my trip to Disneyland Paris in honor of its 22nd birthday! I loved meeting Remy during my lunch.

Love this.

Love this.

The wildest ride in the wilderness. @meghantonjes I’m honored to be your first. #vscocam  (at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad)

The wildest ride in the wilderness. @meghantonjes I’m honored to be your first. #vscocam (at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad)

Disney details. #vscocam  (at Carnation Café)

Disney details. #vscocam (at Carnation Café)

This is how @meghantonjes does photos with characters. #vscocam (at Disney California Adventure Park)

This is how @meghantonjes does photos with characters. #vscocam (at Disney California Adventure Park)

Since I can’t go back here just yet. I’m gonna get down with the original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland today.  I had so much fun at DLP.  But honestly my favorite thing was photographing Phantom Manor.  Both with my camera and my phone.  This one is from my phone.

Since I can’t go back here just yet. I’m gonna get down with the original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland today.  I had so much fun at DLP.  But honestly my favorite thing was photographing Phantom Manor.  Both with my camera and my phone.  This one is from my phone.

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The Faces of (My) Paris

If you’ve followed my journey in photography for a while then you know I tend to prefer photographing people vs land/cityscapes.  Paris was a wonderful challenge to me as an artist.  Most of what I shot wasn’t about people.  It was about places and details of places.  I think that was good for me.  But I’d have been remiss to not document the people I shared it with.  Paris is many things to many people.  To me, some of those things are the experiences that come from other people.  It is my first experience there and the faces of my mother, my stepfather, and one of my sisters.  It is smiles on the banks of the Seine, really fantastic butter, champagne under the Eiffel Tower at midnight, a whiskey bar that looks like a speakeasy hidden behind a taco place, and Italian food in the 6th.  Each of these faces has those memories behind them. 

My trip was certainly about going somewhere I haven’t been since I was 16 years old.  However, it was largely about visiting two friends who moved there in August.  CT and Amy are faces I was accustomed to seeing multiple times a week.  I hadn’t seen them since August and their absence was palpable.  I am eternally grateful for the time I was able to spend roaming the streets of Paris with them.  From the first night drinking wine on the Seine to being sad to say goodbye at the Metro station where I could get on the RER to De Gaulle, every moment was wonderful.  I can’t wait for more.

It turned out my lovely friend Rose was in Paris at the same time I was.  We met in New York while both staying with a mutual friend whom she had met on a train platform in Barcelona and I had known since I was 14 years old.  Being that she’s Texas based, we don’t see each other often.  We also have yet to hang out together in a city either of us calls home.  We spent a few of our days together with her two friends she was traveling with.  I was with her when a crepe vendor decided my new name was “My Tattoo” and proposed a life together moving forward.  I politely declined though I was then known in our little circle as My Tattoo.  

The third face was a newly acquired local one.  One of the best parts of travel are the new faces we take with us in the end, this one’s called Andrew.  A really great way to discover a new place is to do it through the eyes of the people who live there and have for a long time.  It’s also a great method of branching out to food beyond the typical local cuisine.  Thanks to Andrew I had some really fantastic Indian food - better than any I’ve had before, and some empanadas I’m pretty sure my roommate (who’s both a US and Argentinian citizen) would be jealous of.  Great, now I’m craving those empanadas.