"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."
I don't spent a lot of time shooting in the outdoors, since so much of what I'm commissioned to shoot takes place in beautifully designed interior spaces. But like most photographers, the seed of my love for photography was planted in the wild and the natural.
It's hard not to believe in the fundamental uncontrollability of nature. Humans have always tried to control nature by using whatever technology we have had available, but we've never been able to do much about the weather, and there's never been anything that we could do to prevent hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, fires or ice storms. It teaches me that nothing on earth is permanent. I am not permanent, the forest is not permanent, this mountain is not permanent.
And despite the feeling of mortality that nature can give, I find that it has a way of offering creative energy for me to humbly accept and give thanks for.
So who do I have to thank for inviting me up into the mountains this weekend which subsequently left me refreshed and inspired?
I took a drive through the Angeles Crest to join Caffeinated Cameras' first meet-up; coordinated by talented photographer and a fellow allumnus of mine, Camillo Longo. We met at Grassy Hollow to drink beautifully made coffee, hike with our cameras in hand, and take respite from the city's air. Caffeinated Cameras' next meet up will be in December, and if you're interested in being a part of a coffee-fueled photography community, you can follow them on insta to find out more: @caffeinatedcameras