Japanese Ships

Japanese Ships
I spent 5 years as a "Jr. Lifeguard" on the beaches of Santa Cruz. I've always respected the pressure and risk that surf lifeguards accept and embrace. On my recent trip to Japan, I was on the Izu Peninsula and saw these lifeguards bathed in a heroic light and pulled out the Nikon 35ti for a quick shot. As a Californian/West coaster I rarely see the the afternoon light on the backs of beach goers and so this simple scene seemed additionally special to me.


The Kraken!

The recent typhoon in Japan coincided with my trip to the Izu Peninsula...and some strange sea creatures showed up.
Japan Summer 2014


Oh Yeah Cyclocross is the Season

Ten years ago I finished my first film:

And making this one started a very deep relationship with Japan:


Artist Residence: Kim Miskowicz

So exciting to see an artist working hands-on with film. Kim's paintings have really flowered, for me, in the last couple years, but I knew her work with film first. She's got her head down focussing on work for a show in September. I hope to have a follow up when the show opens.
Filmmaker-Painter Kim Miskowicz


Fuji san

Pretty good feeling this morning on Mt. Fuji.
Looking off Fuji san


Fuji san Revisited

Last year filming Finding Strong, I was mesmerized by Fuji san, so I decided to go back and experience it as a runner instead of as a filmmaker. This week I go back to the mountain and ask it to let me run on it. It's a place, a being, a force, which requires deference.
MooN Runner


Some Things Last a Long Time

It's easy to lose sight of how long something can last in our world. Most things I buy won't be in my life a few years from now. I took a photo of this Herbrand wrench in Cameron Falconer's custom bicycle workshop in the Bayshore area of San Francisco. Just about everything in his shop, and also what comes out of his shop, are meant to last a very long time. I photograph many custom bike builders because I learn about permanence from them. The time I spend in their work spaces is informative. Watching the brazing and welding processes are interesting and they look magical in photos but all around there is evidence of permanence and I want to soak this up and share it too. The evidence is physical. The wrench. The evidence is behavioral. The builder's process.

In the shop. The Herbrand wrench sticks with me. I don't recognize the brand. It looks old. I think it is not used anymore. Then I think it is still used. I wonder about how it was made and how tools are made today. I know Cameron's process is slow. I know I can get lost in the possible histories of this wrench without missing the next spectacular step in his process. I hang out. I watch him. I think about wrenches. I want him to use the wrench but won't ask him to. The light in his shop is green from the fluorescent lights. I think about cross-processing and wish I had some positive film with me to try in this space. I talk to Cameron for a few minutes about cyclocross, which we both love, about how the really good race courses are disappearing. I see a very small, unique within custom builder circles, brazing torch and take a photo of it. Cameron sees this and points out that it's not his. I must credit it to Matt Feeney, he says, of Pass & Stow racks whom he shares the space with. This is Cam's way. Truth. No claiming. I like his honesty. His honesty sticks with me. I finish a roll of film. I think I'm done. I leave. I think more about the wrench. I think about Cam's way. A long time later I research the wrench and how it was made.
Falconer's Herbrand