Saugatuck

It’s been nearly six months since our last trip.

Since that time, we’ve paused our travels to prepare for the arrival of our daughter. Several weeks after her arrival, we were determined to get back to a life of travel, and to introduce her to what we love most in life, so we took a road trip. Over the years, we’ve explored various towns throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, looking for small, creative communities with great food and easy access to the Lake.

Saugatuck is one of the closest representations to that ideal small town community; welcoming locals, beautiful homes along the lake, and several fantastic local restaurants. We found a sleepy cabin, tucked away behind some large trees which created the conditions for beautiful morning and evening light. We took our time over the next few days, nothing planned, but left with memories of Michigan strawberries, late night conversations over a bottle of wine, and our daughters first visit to the beach. 

All photographs were created with the Leica M10-P.

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Maui

Similar to my perception of London, Hawaii was never on my short list of destinations. For starters, you’re already well on your way to Japan, or Australia, or New Zealand. What’s another several hours of flight, especially in a 777 or 787? And, secondly, nothing makes me happier than exploring a new city with a camera in my hand. While I love the ocean and being on the water, I’ve never been the type to lay on the beach (or so I thought).

Sam and I spent ten days in Maui with our family this past December and I have to say, I’m a big fan. What it lacked in street and travel photography, it made up for with amazing views and weather. It was a trip of deep relaxation and family time, something I wasn’t aware that I needed as badly as I did. My morning routine was made up of meditation at sunrise followed by a walk on the beach with Sam, balancing the Fuji X100F and a black coffee. What I found to be a surprising benefit of a trip like Maui was that I felt more creative and challenged to make photographs that I usually didn’t consider. And, in a weird way, Maui was just as much about putting the camera down.

All photographs were created with the Fujifilm X100F.

Paris

I’ve written about Paris at length and it still remains one of the most significant cities in my life. Beyond the sentimental aspects of Paris, the light, the color palette, and the creative energy are unlike any other city I’ve visited in my life. It remains one of my favorite places to photograph.

Our most recent visit to Paris was the closest I’ve felt to being a local. After living in a flat in the 17th arrondissement in 2015, I felt no pressure to explore as much as possible or to make an endless amount of photographs, it was a more relaxed and slow paced visit. It’s a rare place in the world that calls to me, a place where I feel like I instantly belong. A city filled with creativity and passion.

All photographs were created with the Fujifilm X100F and the Hasselblad 500CM with Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400.

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London

Nearly a year ago to the day was the first time I had spent time in the city of London. It had always been in the back of my mind, and oddly enough, somewhere I’ve flown through many times but never stepped foot outside the airport. London has always represented more of a midpoint than a destination. A layover on your way to South Africa or a required connection to the South of France. There’s always been a certain curiosity about the city, but similar to a US destination like Hawaii, I always felt compelled to travel just a bit further outside of my comfort zone.

We met up with local street photographer, Joshua Jackson, who took us on an all day photo walk and showed us some of his favorite spots in the city. It was refreshing to get a local perspective on a city that has endless tourist traps and felt like we learned more in that time with Joshua than we did throughout the rest of the trip. It was great to spend a day with a photographer and talk gear, film, and technique. His approach to color and street photography are incredibly inspiring and I learned a lot just by observing how he approached a scene to make a photograph. We finished our photo walk with a few drinks at a local pub and discussed favorite film cameras before parting ways.

As for the city itself, there were areas like Shoreditch, Chinatown, Soho, and Notting Hill that provided more inspiration and character than some of the more romanced parts of London. We stayed in Shoreditch during our trip and it was the closest to a creative community that I found in the city. Throughout the rest of London, there were ongoing themes of identity and of old and new. The historical London contrasted with skyscrapers and new construction weaved throughout them. Finding the creative pockets throughout this maze was well worth the effort and left me with a great appreciation and almost a sense of regret for not visiting earlier.

All photographs were created with the Fujifilm X100F and the Hasselblad 500CM with Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400.

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