Now All Your Love is Wasted


It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on here to get in some writing and leave an update. The past couple of weeks has been crazy with a new internship and although I still have a few weeks before graduation, i’m trying to finish up my portfolio so I can get my portfolio sent out to some agencies, maybe land a job in time for graduation? All I can do is try my hardest and hope for the best!

While I was home for break I did a lot of thinking and a lot of hiking! I was able to see my good friend, Stephanie, for the first time in probably over a year. She’s wonderful, she’s moved off to Denver to pursue her career as a teacher. From what she tells me, she’s loving the Colorado lifestyle and couldn’t be happier getting to spend time with the children she teachers, and that’s saying a lot for teaching at an all boy’s school!

Anyways, here are a couple of shots that I wanted to share. One morning I went hiking with Steph and her family. It was a great work out and it was awesome getting out there with them, great bunch!

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Instagram of Paris


I’ve been here for a little over two months and have filled my friends newsfeeds with at least a hundred pictures. After getting plenty of complaints of sharing the plethora of photos i’ve taken i’ve decided to delete instagram for a little while, at least until they have some kind of update or a new photo app comes out with something new. I’m done with the faux film filters for a little while so here’s all of the shots I took from moments before my flight till now. Everything I’ll share from now on will be shot with my digital or scanned in from my film camera.

Enjoy! It’s been quite a ride!Wall of igrams

Musée du Louvre


 

 

Bonjour mes amis! Everything is going quite well here in París! I’ve met a great bunch of people at Ogilvy and they’re all really awesome! Looking forward to getting to know them better in the next couple months!

The work so far has been great, a good way to get the quarter started once again! I’m really looking forward to getting more work for here as well as working with the people who are here, they’re one of the greatest agencies in the world right now and couldn’t be more thankful for getting to be here, even if it’s only for a little while!

This weekend I’ve finally found some confidence to step out and adventure. Getting lost in this city isn’t as terrifying because of how beautiful it is here! The most important thing I wanted to do here is get a chance to explore the Louvre, probably the most amazing art museum on the planet! I only got to explore one of its halls in the 4 or so hours I had spent there so, I’m looking forward to coming back and looking through the others!

Here are some shots from the day out, i #hashtagged my time here as #AmericanInParis so whenever I find anything worth mentioning I’ll post it either on here, Instagram, or Twitter! Look out for me and enjoy!

Mike

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Let me learn from where I’ve been.


Not to set off the post off on a sad level but the sun is beginning to set for my time here in San Francisco. It’s been one hell of a quarter so far, I can’t believe that it’s gone by so quickly. I remember walking into the apartment and getting the view of the city at night, speechless. I wanted to make something big of my time here; whether that was making a great book piece, meeting lots of new friends, learning something about myself or my friends – how many other people are given this opportunity?

The first couple of weeks, my roommates and I spent most of our time meeting new people at school and at parties after hours. People here really do enjoy life at another level then what I’m used to back on the east coast, I love it. The seriousness of life is taken at different levels, they know that they need to make something of themselves, but they’re taking it as a progressive trip instead of working for that moment. The people at school work hard, some of the ideas I’ve heard are so simple and so breaking at the same time – just a different mind set on approaching problems. I’m hoping it washes off on me a little bit. I really wish I could go through and write about the people I’ve met, because they’re all incredible but, I also want to pretend to believe that I’ll be getting to bed in the next hour or so.

This quarter’s classes have been a mix of wishy washy work and heavy idea/execution focus. One class, I’m still wondering if it’s even going to give me a line to carry on in my thought process, not probably.. but I still have to keep working in it. Another, I’m finally getting an opportunity to start producing more print ads and I’m excited and want to do them justice, but I also want to start fixing the lines. If you can’t tell, I’ve been a little obsessed with living the fun things out rather then school this quarter. I’m kicking myself for it, really, but It’s more of a love tap. It’s time to change it.

In other words, I guess you could say I’ve been being somewhat of a “free spirit” out here. Yes, I’ve been drinking more then I should be, eating more mexican food than I have my entire life, I may have played around with some substances my high school self would have a heart attack reading about, you guys probably laugh about them. I’m learning a lot about myself here, life really. Some things work, and some don’t – you’ve gotta try them out to see if they will, it’s the only way.

I wouldn’t have been able to take this initial step without my good friends I’ve got here. Danny, Eva, Bryan, Neil, Steve, and Josh.. you guys are the shit and what we’ve got will go down in history. Erica, Kim, Greg, Mag, Marissa, Jen and the rest of you back in New York miss you guys like mad and will see you all soon, I’ll be making my sweet time to get back to the city but I’ll be there in no time.

My family and friends from back home have also been helping get by each day, they’ve got some high hopes for me and keep me feeling like I’m blazing a new trail for them, it’s empowering, but I miss them.

I’m still waiting to hear back about where I’ll be heading next quarter. My friends just found out that they’ll be headed off to China, fucking Beijing! They couldn’t be more excited, and I’m proud of them for having the balls to take that leap, they’ve been helping me break out my “shell” if you want to call it that.

Being an older brother, I never really had people to look up to – my father of course but it’s always different. I looked up more to my younger brother and how he followed what he wanted to whether or not it was the smartest thing to do. Now that I’m the youngest I’m looking up to my friends here to see how they handle the situations they’re presented with. Most of the time I get to learn from their mistakes because they’re not afraid to take a chance, but they surprise me from time to time on their actions and the advice they give.

Anyways, my hopes are still on Paris. I have no idea, whatsoever, how it’s going to work but I want to make that my next challenge. I came to New York City alone, and although it was for school, I survived. Traveled across the country, in a car, with three other creatives.. ingredients for disaster but, we made it. Now it’s time to do it on my own, so I’ve got my fingers crossed, not letting the second option be that, an option.

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Be sure to know, you guys will be one of the first to find out.

Alright, maybe I’ll get some sleep tonight.. probably not.

So much open space


If you asked me a year ago from today, if I thought that I would’ve spent a couple of days in the desert in a year, I would’ve laughed and walked away thinking you were a crazy person. My oh my was I wrong. Not only did I spend some time in the desert, I checked out Arches National Park and the Grand Canyon.. THE GRANG CANYON! I really don’t think there’d be anything else in the world that I’d want to experience for a national park now. I’ve seen all the cool ones, the rest are pretty much like backwoods in comparison (I’m guessing).

Here’s a collection of shots that I took during the later half of the trip. We pulled off a lonely highway one early morning a couple of hours outside Moab, Utah and then  made way for the Grand Canyon & Scottsdale Arizona within a couple of very hot days.

Enjoy the selected shots from the trip, let me know what you think of them!!

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From the Badlands to Bozeman!


 

These couple of days throughout the road trip were probably my favorite by far. Cold weather, mountains, the wild, and just my three friends and I hitting the road. Endless driving with good music and just being in awe of our surroundings. We landed in South Dakota late at night and pulled into a hotel on the side of the road to get some shut eye and a shower before heading back on the road in the morning. Nothing felt better then crawling into a bed at that moment.

When we woke up we headed for the Badlands, it’s a park with these most amazing rock formations that kind of look like the tops of caves, but growing up instead of down. We were one of the only cars in the park all morning and the animals were just waking up (i’m guessing) and getting out to eat some breakfast. We came across some deer and some  mountain goats just hanging out by the side of the road, you’d think we’ve never been to a zoo before. The basin of these hills went on for ever and the roads that curved through these peaks were amazing to drive through!

After we left there we were headed for Mt. Rushmore. I never thought that I would be going to see these sculptures because I never found any real interest in it. It’s American and all but it’s just some faces carved into rocks.. right? Yeah, I was right but it was something completely different in the experience of walking up to see them. Thinking of how long the artist must have taken to pick away at these mountain sides to create some smooth faces.

After that we grabbed some food and hit the road.. again! That day was a wicked busy day, we had cut a day off our schedule and were heading for the second one on our way to Bozeman. Wyoming was pretty, we saw the first group of snowcapped mountains on our trip, and lots of red rocks throughout the farmlands. I wish I could tell you more of what happened here but the next thing I remember is waking up in a strange house with a loss of pride and feeling of shame I wasn’t ready to accept.

But anyways, with my headache and upset stomach we headed into Bozeman after meeting Eva’s friend Matt. Matt was the one who let us crash in his home, really awesome guy! He knew everybody in the town and his house was pretty much designed with his hands. Earlier in the morning I wandered around while everybody was asleep and the room that I was in had at least 40 ski resort maps on the wall (awesome idea by the way) and in the living room he had little jars with soil from places he’s traveled all over the world (also, a really awesome idea!)

After grabbing some food (that I had to leave behind due to upsetting reasons) we went on to our next national park, Yellowstone! It was unbelievable! The hot springs we went to go see reeked of rancid ass, but I would kill to go back to see them! The buffalo just walked along the cars on the road and we even got to miss seeing wolves, but only by a few minutes apparently! – LAMESAUCE – Also, we got to go into some hot springs! Something I’ve always wanted to do! We drove down to the parking lot and briskly changed into our suits and made the half mile hike down to the river. As we came to the spot we could smell the sulfur again, exciting! The hot springs poured down the entire side of the mountain in an underground spring, and emptied out into the freezing river. So when both collided it created this wonderful bath of jetted hot water. I could’ve stayed in there forever, can’t wait to go back to one!

Suffice to say, those couple of days were something I’ll always remember! I would keep writing but I wanted you guys to stay long enough to check out the pictures I took! They’re a little scattered in order but that’s okay. I hope you enjoy looking at them at least half as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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