lake michigan

jonny tamm on lake michigan
Since I’ve begun working at ZAAZ, I have met several peoplefrom Michigan (Ford Motor Co is a major client).  There has been one womanin particular, who is from South Haven, a lil’ beach town located on theeastern shore of Lake Michigan, about 45 minutes from my undergrad collegetown. 
Speaking with her, I was reminded about how much that areahas meant to me and my friends over the years. It was a perfect 45min drive from all the stresses of college backthen.  Along the route, we’d pass thelast gas station on West Main… drive through Bangor (a sleepy speed trap townjust when you least expect it) and a stop at Jericho’s, the church-turned-liquorstore.  When I left Michigan, this wasthe spot I was truly leaving behind.
Anyway, I miss it.  
Imiss the warmth, the lighthouse walk at the end of the pier, the familiar DairyQueen with air-conditioning, and the kindness of the folks who lived there,opening their precious town to the rest of us who needed it once in a while.  I still haven’t found that space in Washington, however, revisiting South Haven in my mind made me realize that the search needs to continue. 

south side

the end of an era

over the weekend i went with alex and suzi over to jeremy’s photo studio.  the purpose of this trip was to have a portrait taken by jeremy before moving to california next month.  the night went longer than anticipated by any of us.  it has been a long time for me to spend an entire night talking about photography… especially after spending the last two years surrounded by conversations related to grad school and designing ideas for users.
i made a quick silly video of suzi just for kicks.  i’ll leave the good pics up to the other folks.

grudge match champs

For the past year, my ladyfriend has been the captain of Derby Liberation Front, one of the teams in the Rat City Rollergirls league.  Derby has been a large part of her life long before I met her (she was one of the founders!) and when we met over two years ago, I learned quickly what the term “derby widow” meant.  For years, DLF has been both the fan favorite, as well as the league champions.  Starting out small, playing at local rinks, they quickly grew into a sport taken very seriously by its fans, outgrowing each venue at which bouts were held.  A few years back, the decision for the league to move their bouts to the Key Arena (and selling out!) was a difficult decision for many on DLF, which ultimately meant that some of their best players soon retired.  With the change in roster, DLF went from first to last and saw a major shift in morale and attitude, which is when Meredith (aka Kitty Kamikaze) stepped in as a captain to help.  She provided history, motivation, leadership, and handled some difficult decisions that definitely had her coming home in tears because it was such at challenge at times.  
Last night though, after a lot of hard work by all the members on the team, and I mean a LOT of hard work, they finally saw the reward.  Not first… but not last.  They won a very important game as a new and improved team.

I am very proud of my partner and her dedication to her team, to herself, and to the fans of this incredible sport.  Congrats DLF!

downtown x-pro

i recently began a new internship in downtown seattle. it has been awhile since i’ve shot on the streets like i have been lately. these came out of a roll shot through the lomo, and has been cross-processed. nothing terribly exciting, but still worth a post.


taken outside of ZAAZ, where i have been interning with creative as an UX intern


sodo kite flying

i tried to fly the kite that has been in my trunk. i kinda failed.