I've been very fortunate in my photo adventures to never really get hurt. The only two times I can recall having a bit of a scare was first when I was backing up on a rooftop, fell over a random steel bar and was convinced I was about to fall off the roof (far from true), and my first shoot with Annie Motel where we got t-boned while driving in to a diner off Pacific Coast Highway in The South Bay. Yesterday however, not even really on a photoshoot I went with my friends Jessica and Liza to visit the abandoned Norco Power Station out in Riverside. I was just there a few weeks ago for a night shoot with Em Wafer. Jessica asked me if I wanted to go and since I hadn't been there during the day yet I was completely stoked. We had a fun time with the girls doing some graff and me scouting my next shoot there. Liza asked how we get to the second level when I spotted some rungs in the cement making up a ladder. We hung out there for a while and smoked a blunt. I was taking a few just for fun photos of the girls, I needed more room so I turned around (I never backup in sketchy places anymore) without looking to a step forward right in to a leg-sized hole. Two thoughts ran through my head. The first was as I was falling thinking that I had just taken potentially my last step ever, the second was when I landed, realizing I was no longer going to die by my camera hit the cement hard that my camera was destroyed. As I recovered from situation I turned my attention to my camera. My camera was fine and though I cracked the hood of my 85mm lens, the glass was fine and lens was still as functional as ever. My injury was a fist sized scrape on my thigh that hurts like a motherfucker, but considering the circumstances I think everything worked out relatively fine.
Being out in The Inland Empire I wanted to post a set today from out there when I went to go visit Sophia Sirena at her home in Upland. I hadn't seen Sophia since our first shoot together so it was great to catch up and explore her world. We shot around her cute apartment right in the Downtown Upland area including her dope rooftop, walked around main street a bit (not sure if it was actually called main street but I think of every downtown area of a small town as main street), and afterward she gave me a haircut. We had a really fun time even if it was super cold while I had her stand naked on a rooftop. Fortunately I did not fall through any holes that day. The most fascinating thing I learned about Sophia is that she is burlesque lifestyler and I think it'll show in this set. Enjoy!
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