girlish spirit under christmas tree

September 11, 2015 / 0 comments

when i was travelling the famous hwy 49 through the california gold country i visited numerous cute old little towns and even more ‘antiques & collectables’ stores. while i was taking a portrait of a bubbling brunette woman in such a store in mariposa, who was absolutely thrilled to be photographed (i gonna tell her…

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matching patterns

August 4, 2015 / 3 comments

mariposa is a small sleepy town roadside the famous hwy 49 but downtown is cute, well preserved with many antiquites & collectables, used, art and jewelery shops, galleries and delis with homemade food. it was around noon when i arrived, parked and started strolling down main street. it was too early to go for lunch…

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john, lord of steam locomotives

June 1, 2015 / 2 comments

i am not specially interested in trains, engines and the railroad business, but the relics of the western pacific railroad company you can find all over the place in california always caught my eye, because i am fascinated by the gold rush era and everything that remained to be seeked and found. on a two…

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michael with the ‘wasn’t-me-face’

May 19, 2015 / 0 comments

michael, an 18 years teenager, tall and skinny with slightly greasy hair but with the most winning smile as if the sun comes up in the gloomy barroom, placed me in the armagosa restaurant in death valley junction. this place is almost completely abandoned, only the hotel and the famous desert opera house are still…

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the dead salmon’s murderer

April 25, 2015 / 2 comments

there is nothing around the amargosa opera house & hotel in death valley junction but a handfull of abandoned buildings, a mine or gravel plant that doesn’t seem to be running and the amargosa cafe. it offers free breakfast (toast & coffee) for hotel guests. if you are tired of granola bars and apples, which…

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the adventurous sisters

February 1, 2015 / 5 comments

i met the girls (sofia 12 and alessia 15) on the top of a zip lining tower at the moaning cavern near angels camp, california, waiting for the race. while it was the first time for me and her father they were experienced flyers and wanted to do the ‘super hero style’ this time, which…

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straight faced kindness

January 27, 2015 / 4 comments

when i stepped into “fat freddy’s” bar and diner in jackson, california, by noon it was dark inside. only a few figures at the bar were drinking beer. nobody seemed to notice me. but as soon as i seated myself and studied the menue the barman slowly went to the end of the counter, grabbed…

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Gene Francis of San Luis Obispo

December 13, 2014 / 0 comments

Gene Francis sat in his gallery in San Luis Obispo, CA when I walked in attracted by some of the paintings in the window. He was working on a painting for a couple with the pictures of family and friends all over a platform of a train station. His style is somewhere between hyper realism…

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i am a father

November 25, 2014 / 3 comments

“what do you do?” “i am a father. three kids and my baby carries the fourth.” or was it the fifth? jeremiah is one of the frequent customers in the ski inn in bombay beach, a very small trailer park community right on the east shore of the salton sea, the largest lake in california…

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arcade lovers

October 31, 2014 / 2 comments

i was used to be a gamer girl, not very serious but i own a bunch of gaming consoles and i even had one my father brought from a travel back in my gdr childhood. it was an 80’s atari (don’t recall the model number) and i played ‘pac man’ all day long (when my…

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