Friday, July 06, 2007


I took noticeably few pictures on my recent trip back to Brasil and the US. I'm not really sure why, I just wasn't feeling the photo vibe. It's especially strange considering that my dad gave me an early birthday present (super early - I'll be 26 in October) that is the most bad-ass digital camera I've ever gotten my hands on.

Part of me, I think, is afraid to start using this monster of a camera because it is so cool, and takes such good photos, I'll get sucked hopelessly into another creative hobby. I already have jewelry making, crafts fairs, knitting and crocheting, writing and cooking. Somewhere in there I find time for "real" work.

I can only imagine what it will be like if I get the photo bug, something that has happened to me a couple of times in my life already. We'll see. Perhaps as the weather warms up, I can put the knitting aside and wander around the streets of Maputo instead, taking photos of this beautiful yet somewhat run-down city...

At any rate, here are some photos from my recent trip, none of which I took myself.

Me and my mom doing a wine tasting in Locke, in the Sacramento Valley.

Here I am doing one of my favorite activities in the world: hunting for Native American pot shards (pieces of 1,000-year-old Anasazi ceramics, in this case).

Our campsite in the Jemez (New Mexico). My Dad and I have this camping thing down pat.

Our cooking and hanging out tarp setup. I am in the final stages of "The Poisonwood Bible" and completely oblivious to the fact that my Dad has the camera out.


Moira said...

you should definitely go out and experiment with your new camera- Maputo is such a photogenic/atmospheric city. And let us see the results!

moira said...

ps. and from a photographer's point of view, the fact that the city is a bit run down definitely makes it amazing to shoot...there are so many layers and textures to some of the old buildings and streets(although obviously I would much prefer it not to be run down! its such a shame that some of the really historic architecture has been allowed to fall into disrepair,in particular the Art Deco) I'm hoping to do lots of photography projects when I come in December..I love London but photographically it's so uninspiring for me,not a patch on Moz (:

Ali la Loca said...

~Moira - I know what you mean about the fact that Maputo is run-down. It is definitely beautiful, despite the loss of historic and cultural icons, and just the kind of material I like to photograph.

The neighborhood where we have our house in Rio is like this, though slowly it is being revitalized. The church Rico and I are going to get married in is charming (to me), but run-down (to others that don't appreciate the beauty of a bit of wear and tear on a building).

I will definitely share when I manage to get some photos of the city.

I'd love to see the work you do on your trip here. :)

Bilal said...

i am also trying to master my photography skills- but the environment makes a huge diff. Give me some feedback on my Kashmir pics:

Ali la Loca said...

~Bilal - I'll have a look and let you know what I think. :)

jenica said...

i love that pic of you and your mom, perfectly in sync with one another. ;-D

laundrygirl said...

I totally understand your feelings about waiting to unpack your camera. I start so any projects that I scare myself sometimes. And yet.... Think of all the cool pics you can take of your jewelry now!
Yeah, I know - I'm not helping :)