Growing up in the temperate rainforest of the central Oregon Coast around loggers, activists, artists, restaurateurs, and farmers taught me the importance of building and maintaining relationships with a unique array of people. Summers were spent filling root cellars and pantries and stacking firewood, and winters were spent often fixing broken water lines and clearing downed trees from driveways and roads. I learned that going the extra mile wasn’t optional, it was a necessity.
Recently I was talking with an old family friend about his photographs. He’s a talented photographer, but I've seldom seen his pictures. In this conversation, he excitedly told me he was making digital albums of his work: photographs of Machu Picchu in the 70s, Hoedads planting trees in the 80s, houses being built, and gardens planted. Some were pictures of my family and others showed his life long before I can remember.
I left our conversation that day with a big smile on my face, thinking of his project. Nothing can capture the most important moments of a life like a photograph. And photography not only helps us keep our memories forever, but it also lets us share them with each other.
Things I Like
-nights spent around bonfires-
-a glass of gamey-
-sitting in the forest long enough to hear it come to life-
-a classic daiquiri-
-pruning fruit trees-
-eating at a new restaurant-
-eating at a restaurant for the 100th time-