40 by 40

40 by 40

The outdoors and travel were my first passions, and photography became a natural extension of those pursuits. I love setting goals and making shit happen, so with my 40th birthday a little more than 4 years out, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to create a challenge that will get me doing more of the things I love.

So, my goal is simple:

Take 40 trips by my 40th birthday.  

An Air China 747-800 lands at SFO.

That’s just less than one trip per month, which doesn’t seem too burdensome, yet probably couldn’t happen without putting effort into it either.

The rules are similarly simple:

  • It must be at least an overnight trip
  • It must be planned (for instance, getting caught in weather and not getting home doesn’t count)
  • And it must be more than an hour from home.

Each trip will typically only count as one trip towards the goal, but I will allow myself to bend that rule – if I’m taking a very big trip (i.e. multiple weeks) and visit distinct locations, such as different countries, I’ll allow it to be counted as multiple trips.

Camping counts. Visiting family counts. Weekend getaways count. Epic trips count. Even work trips count as long as I do something extra besides work.

Let the countdown to 40 begin!

I’ll update this post with my ongoing list as I progress.

  1. First trip up soon!
Farewell San Francisco

Farewell San Francisco

Farewell, San Francisco. Nearly two years to the day since I arrived, I bid you adieu.

It’s not you. Really. Granted some things grew old – the traffic, petty crime, conversations about kale – but you offered so much more. Despite being such a big city, your small neighborhoods felt like anywhere but, and offered a lifetime of exploration.

Africa Trip Recap

Africa Trip Recap

This spring I had the great opportunity to visit South Africa, as well as Lesotho and Swaziland. The genesis of the trip was an invite from a friend who was going to visit another friend in Kruger National Park, who is a researcher there. This afforded some behind-the-scenes experiences, including going along for buffalo captures (brief captures to collect data and then release them). In addition to our time with the researchers, we had several days on our own in Kruger, as well as time in Johannesburg, Swaziland, and Lesotho.

Since I typically shoot landscapes, it was a fun change of pace to have such a strong focus on wildlife (later in the trip, in Lesotho, I did predominantly shoot landscapes). As with any trip, no matter how new or familiar, I always take away a few lessons learned, or at least confirmations of past lessons. In no particular order…

Photos at Cafe St Jorge through mid August

Photos at Cafe St Jorge through mid August

Now through mid August my photos are on display at Cafe St Jorge in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, the second time they have hosted me. Seven total prints are on display – four of mountain scenes (Nepal, Lesotho, and Rocky Mountain National Park) and three of trees (Idaho, Nepal, California).

Photos at Farley’s San Francisco through June

Photos at Farley’s San Francisco through June

Now through the end of the month, my photos are on display at Farley’s Coffee in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. I have two collections on display: metal prints of the Palouse and gallery prints of trees, one of my favorite subjects.