Napa Valley – Lunch at OxBow

Hello everyone,

I fall upon my pen in apologies for leaving all of my faithful readers for so long without a post. I started a photography studio and have been pouring all of my energy, tears, and joy into that project. But that said I have the urge to keep fashionmudra alive. You were my first experience, my first love of blogging and I don’t want to let you go. I have traveled the world and photographed places that sound and feel outside of myself such as Russia, England and Italy. But I have also discovered the uniqueness of my daily life in the Bay Area.  I can honestly say that fashion photography and in particular street photography have a certain quality to them them that I still crave with an itching need.

While I was attending the Napa Valley Film festival last November there were many moments when I needed to find a watering hole and a bit of R&R before heading to the next red carpet of choice. I found that  need fulfilled while having lunch at the Oxbow Public Market. Along with my meal I found myself people watching and taking in the mix of locals and tourists that were visiting Napa that day.

If my memory is correct the gentleman below was working at the book kiosk outside the restaurant. I snagged him for a candid moment outside as he was on his way out the door. He had really wonderful sense of himself and a quite self awareness in his style.

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The lovely lady below was replacing the gentleman above at the kiosk, but before her shift started I photographed her as well. She struck me as being very comfortable in her skin and aware of what her world encompassed.

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I thought that they both represented  a certain flavor of the place. They both had a persona that gave a sense of gravitas and had in my opinion a healthy investment in the way they were seen in the world.

San Francisco-Trends in Velvet and Optics

The sun lit up the most magnificent Red coat, as I sat drinking my afternoon tea. Like that of a thousand ruby gems all catching the glaring brilliance of sunlight. Saturated and Sated by the color I asked this beautiful woman for a photograph. Gayle was happy to share her fiery cloak-

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The above photographs illustrates a woman who loves to dress beautifully, for the pleasure of it. To find out more about her click on her name below:

 Gayle

Serious decisions can be made while staying quite warm.

On a brisk day in the Gardens, this young gentleman was not about to catch a chill-While he sorted through the tea menu and decided on which tea biscuits looked most ravishing.

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Lunch Break-I profess that I stole a moment from the plum ensconced gentleman. I loved his expression, and sense of purpose. Did I manage to catch that naked moment of surrender with my lens? Because I could feel it hover over us as I snapped away. Hoping to touch an instant, a tingle of it, as I sought out the features of his face-

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Sebastopol-Fun Filled Afternoon

I must confess my obsession with the Stache. The Moustache that is. If I were a man, I dare say I would have one. And I would try to cultivate it and maintain it in such a way that it would curl, loop, and do a little dance on command.

It would just happen to be my good fortune, but I  have a friend with a curl-tastic Stache.

The Stache

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The Stache and I stopped in for a bit of play time at Funk and Flash. Youth and cutting edge beauty was positioned behind the counter. She helped us and played dress up with us for a bit. We partook in frisky, amusement filled clothing touching and hat trying time. I tried taking a few different kinds of photographs of her-She had more than one angle to be observed from.

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Edge

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Play

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Oakland-Holiday Bustle

I recently was working in the East Bay, and realized that I had not had the opportunity of yet to do a bit of street photography there. I decided to go and do a bit of holiday shopping along Piedmont Ave and see who else was out and about a week before Christmas. I was taken back at how many lovely backdrops I was able to stumble over while photographing people as they made their way up and down the street. Many people where heading home from work, grabbing a coffee and window shopping a bit.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and has a safe and enjoyable New Years Eve. I just want to thank all of my readers for an amazing year, and I look forward to what 2013 will bring. At the moment my intention is to put together a post that will highlight my favorite images from 2012. So stay tuned for that!

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Abuela

 

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Maintaining Coziness

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Sunburst

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Check Out this lovely store at: Folks’ Art

 

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Lovely details

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Thank you all again for the love and support in 2012. See you next all next Year!

Sacramento-Shades of the Season

The days race by, and I feel the season moving steadily towards wintery stillness. I listen to the rain pattering on windowpanes and embrace the changing light and colour.

I was out and about in Sacramento this past weekend. It was a pleasure to take a few days off from routine, and do something completely different. Taking my camera with  I felt that many of the photographs I took, simply landed on my metaphorical doorstep.

I’m always so amazed by how different, unique, and beautiful people are in the world. Strip away all the details and just see the form. The person looking back at me when I click a button. Transformed, transposed, captured through light, and colour. Fading out or fading into crispness. I play with the contrast, until I see a bit of the depths, emerging through the layer of flesh stretched tight across-blending the layers together-reveling in a moment of richness-consonance.

Aubergine

Lavender Hair

Written on the Body

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Livermore-Summer Strolls

A few days ago I spent the morning working at a job out in Livermore. In the past whenever I have had a job in this part of the world, I have always had to run off as soon as I was finished. But afterwards I didn’t have anywhere I needed to be…so I stayed. I spent the afternoon walking around, poking my nose into several shops, trying out a rather nice Thai food restaurant (Lemon Grass), and finally ending up outside the local coffee shop.  After a few hours I started to have more of a feeling or shall we say flavor for the town. It is an extremely sweet and up kept little spot. The main thoroughfare (First Street) has a sunny disposition, a rather inviting feeling as I strolled along with my camera in hand. People were also ambling around, talking to one another with a sense of comfort that can only happen in a smaller patch of the world like this.

Lounging in the Shade

In-between Tasks at Hand

Colours that Pop

How would You like your coffee?

Summer Reading List