story of stuff



I hope the Holidays find you well and in good spirits.
I have some truly exciting news to share, and I thank you for visiting my website. As many of you know, I continue to love my work as a Professional Photographer on the Central Coast of California. The BIG news is that I have recently added a second love, and my heart is exploding!. I have started production on my first documentary film, titled "Where There Once Was Water : A California Story". My heart beats wild for this project, and I hope to share the journey with you as I change and grow as an artist.

Where There Once Was Water is a feature length documentary film about California's historic drought, featuring stories of those living and studying it, and exploring ideas and solutions for our collective future. Coming soon!

So, where do you fit in?  Firstly - If you'd like to be a part of the "Where There Once Was Water" Film Tribe, please sign up for my newsletter on the home page of the website. This newsletter will be your source for the occasional important update about my film, along with possible invitations to participate, and some newsy bits, fun content, and special deals from the App's Photography side of life too. I am thrilled to be on this new journey, and honored to share the ride with YOU! 


Most recently, my work on this film has taken me up Hwy 395 to the snow-capped Eastern Sierras, the barren emptiness of Owens Valley, and the tufas of Mono Lake. Up I-5 to Folsom Lake to explore the town of Mormon Island as it re-emerges from the lake bed, then on to the sparkling high mountain beauty of Lake Tahoe, the bathtub rings at Lake Oroville, and south to the charred remains of the Shirley Fire in the mountains above Kernville and Lake Isabella.

I traveled to Carson City to interview Dan Beard, former Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamation, and author of "Deadbeat Dams". Every single taxpayer owes it to themselves to read his book. Seriously. Do it. You'll be glad you did, and probably a little pissed off too.

I traveled to the Bay Area and interviewed Stiv Wilson, Campaigns Director for The Story Of Stuff Project, about their recent law suit involving the US Forest Service and Nestle, for operating bottling facilities in the San Bernadino Forest on a special-use permit that expired in the 1980s. Last weekend I joined the Story of Stuff community on a hike in the San Bernadino National Forest to visit one of these illegal Nestle well sites. Nestle's behavior is unacceptable, and this is brought into sharp focus because of the drought.

Water is a necessity to life, and the opportunities for us to rethink our relationships with water are many. I look forward to sharing information, ideas and stories with you as they emerge and develop.


As always, thank you for your love and support! If you are interested in participating in this project, or if you know of anyone who might be a good contact, resource, or interview, please be in touch. Namaste.