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The Alster // Hamburg, Germany


Leica Minizoom // 35 mm, 200 ISO

Hamburg is a city defined by water, weaving between centuries old factories and centers of trade, churches and modern flats under a vast network of bridges that outnumber Venice and Amsterdam combined. The chief body of water in Hamburg is the Alster, a tributary of the river Elbe, forming two lakes in the center that give the city its identity, not necessarily by what the water adds, but by the space it takes and the land it leaves to man. Giving one the sense that from the Alster’s edge, one finally has the requisite distance to appreciate what’s in front of them, on the far side of the shore.



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Grey over Alsea Bay

Bridge over Alsea Bay

Salt and seabirds early morning,

monolithic grey.

Looming, in the glowing shade.


(Leica mini-zoom | Kodak Ektar 100)

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The Origins of a Good Conversation.


Some film photos of my time in New York City.

“One person seeks a midwife for his thoughts, another seeks to act as midwife. The origins of a good conversation.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

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Notes for home.

In the midst of man, my thoughts flow westward.

Here are a few shots I took with my Leica Mini-Zoom in the Jackson-Frazier Wetlands near Corvallis a few months back.

Also, it was my best friend’s 26th birthday the other day, and sadly we didn’t get to hang out. So, happy birthday James! And if you haven’t already, check out his work.

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Amsterdam // Film walk

A few weeks back I took a day off from the coffeeshops and wandered around the city with my sister-in-law, her friend Sunny, and my Leica mini-zoom in hopes of catching a unicorn on film.

Well, maybe I didn’t take a day off from the coffeeshops, but here are some of the shots I just got back from being developed. I need to build a dark room…

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On the coast of California — color film.

Because our road happened to pass through the famous haunts of one of my favorite writers, I found it fitting to quote him.

“What is the feeling when you’re driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? -it’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”     -Jack Kerouac

Also, much to my surprise I got freshly pressed again, so thanks WordPress person whose job it is to select freshly pressed posts, and a big hearty thanks to everyone taking the time to read and look.


Photos taken with my (Dad’s) Leica Mini-zoom and expired ISO 400 color film.

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Home: (1987)

I was digging around in the closet the other day when I unearthed my Dad’s old Leica Mini-Zoom — a point and shoot camera he must’ve got around 1987 according to the time stamps. It’s old, it’s film, and I had fun dropping off the little black canister to get it developed, enjoying the delayed gratification of it all. There’s something about the scarcity evoked by film — only having a limited number of shots — that gives the photos an added weight. (Plus the camera and I have the added bond of being born only days apart.)

These photos were scanned and converted from color to b&w.

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VIDEO: Life, In Between

I finally got around to putting together a travel-music-video-film documenting a few of those moments “in between” I’ve experienced over the last year of travel.

The music is from Aaron Glass and Friends. He is one of the guys I trekked with in Nepal, and one hell of a good-vibe groovy musician. Hope you enjoy!


Life, In Between from J. William Young on Vimeo.

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