E.M. Kalifornia

Update: NYE 2019

I created this website in 2016, but haven’t posted any new work since 2017.

My trip to NYC that summer was one of 2017’s few highlights. I thoroughly enjoyed documenting the city, exploring new neighborhoods I had never visited before; NYC is always at the top of my list whenever I have the opportunity to travel. When I returned to Los Angeles, I participated in one group photo show, then quietly put my cameras away, pulled the plug on all social media outlets, and turned my attention to other things (returning to school, trying to build a freelance business), for what turned out to be the next two years.

My life in the interim has left little room for personal photographic inspiration. Instead, it has more often revolved around the struggle for basic economic survival in a city that embodies wealth inequality like few others. In the past two years, I have often felt like my only real purpose was to go out and acquire enough money each day to simply survive on a very basic level. I was surviving, but not thriving.

Economic freedom is creative freedom. Art making should not be a luxury available only to the wealthy.  But too often the need to survive financially supersedes the ability or desire to maintain a creative practice. Falling away from my own, created great discontent and restlessness in my life. 

I intend to turn that around.

Stagnation is the enemy. 

May 2020 bring new works, new travels, and new inspiration.


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