Sage Noire 004 - LA Autumn

Los Angeles. There isn’t another place I would rather call home. Despite being a resident of the Inland Empire, there is not another place in California that feels so familiar and cozy to me. I’ve been exploring the city since I was old enough to ride a train by myself, and it’s brought me my most incredible life experiences.

I’ve only experienced a tiny fraction of what this town can offer. The spaces are dynamic and ever changing, it’s rare to experience the city the same way, day-in and day-out. This is a city that defines itself by whatever the fuck it feels like it. This is a city that embraces tradition and nurtures the new. We aren’t afraid of change, we embrace it. We aren’t a perfect city or as deeply united as we can be, but there’s a thread we all share that can only be felt, not shown.

These images are my attempt to narrate ONE perspective of Los Angeles…and I can guarantee you that if I took these same photos today in the same places at the same times of day, these will look completely different.

Los Angeles. End of autumn, 2018.

Sage Noire 001 - Embracing The Rain And Remembering To Live

Distractions are all around us. As a working photographer, its easy to be blinded by the never-ending chase of finding clients and building an audience. And rightfully so, these things help pay our rent and put food on the table. But lately I’m finding myself lusting to get out and just make photographs for myself, that I enjoy. Photos that come from the feeling within, that are conjured from both photography and life experiences.

This is the first installment of the Sage Noire series. There’s no direction or specific goal to this body of work, this is pure photography, from my soul. A Sage is a person of infinite wisdom, and seeing as how it’s my middle name, it serves as a reminder to always persist in the quest of knowledge, wisdom, and self discovery.

I recently ventured out to Downtown Los Angeles for one of Hexbrand’s Photolab meetups at the Continental Club. Long story short: I got caught in a rare LA downpour. These are the results. The rain seemed to cleanse my mind and refocused my creative energy. Take risks. Embrace change. Immerse yourself in the unfamiliar. It’s good for you!