Projects

18_Home TownGolden Gate Fields

Over the 2012/2013 racing season, I visited Golden Gate Fields racetrack dozens of times. I was curious about the sport, yes, but was much more interested in what went on in the area behind the green fences south of the arena, known as the Backside. That’s where the horses live, where they are cared for every day, where the work required to get them to the starting gate takes place. For me, that’s where the story was. I was fortunate to meet some of the people who do that work: trainers, jockeys, grooms, exercise riders, and more. It’s not an easy life, and the races are only a small part of it. It’s what they do, every day, and many wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

 

WebsiteZydecoGallery-2

Cajun Zydeco

This is an ongoing project. I discovered recently that the San Francisco Bay Area is home to the largest concentration of Cajuns and Creoles outside of southwest Louisiana, and we are richer for it. Thousands resettled here during and after WWII, and they brought with them a culture of music, dancing, food, and community that flourishes to this day. I love the music, I’m learning the dances, and I hope to continue to meet the people who enjoy this bon temps tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

19_Home TownAround Here

No matter where you live, sometimes the familiar can seem boring and become invisible. The exciting moments are elsewhere, a plane ride away. I happen to live in an area that is a dream destination for many, and I decided to look at it that way. I love where I live. It’s just the right combination of small-town charm and big-city excitement. This is a gallery I hope to keep adding to, as I appreciate the small stories that I can find right in my own back yard.

 

 

 

 

Memory

Lately I have become very curious about how memory works. I have gathered objects that belonged to my parents and grandparents and have begun to photograph them. It surprises me how holding these #beautiful objects evokes memory and emotion. This is the beginning of the collection. I wonder if they call forth memories for people with no connection to these particular objects.