The photographs in this series represent the lingering history and culture of San Jose from the 1900s to the new millennium. When I was a young child, my mother married a local restauranteur. At this early age, I developed an appreciation for the family business that was established in the 1960s. This restaurant wasn’t just food for me, it meant family, a safe place, love, and laughter. When the matriarch decided to retire the business after over 40 years, the community and I felt a strange sense of loss. Perhaps, because these longstanding places had become a part of our identities.
Each of these images are of places that are over sixty years old. Because of this, I chose to use a retrospective view in photographing. Using a fisheye lens, I wanted to create space between the viewers and the buildings. As memories are shaped by our own internal lens, the photos also show the nostalgia through the fisheye effect. Post-processing heavily emphasized lighting, filters, and HDR. Photographs were slightly desaturated to show the fade of color over sixty years. In addition, each photo also has rounded corners inspired by film photographs of the 1960s.
They say that we don’t know what we have until it’s gone. Completing this project inspired a deeper appreciation for San Jose’s local history. In scouting locations, I sadly discovered that the last iconic KFC sign in California was being removed this year. Another restaurant, Wings, established 1923, would be shuttering its doors later this month. I was very grateful to have been able to photograph it before the rising rents closed them down. While gentrification may be inevitable, we can slow its progress one local, delicious bite at a time.
Melted State rocked the house at Slim’s last month to celebrate the release of their latest EP. Check out the review from Paste Magazine here! Here are the photos!
I am stoked to announce that I have partnered with ShootProof to manage all photo licensing and print on demand services. This mean you can now order your photos on canvas in addition to film prints. Additionally, bands can order magnets and buttons in any quantity for custom #madeinSJ merch. Check out the footage from the latest Periscope concert for an example.
Maxx Cabello Jr. performed at the Rockbar Theater on February 2016.
Featuring Monkey, FTB, and Sturgeon General at the Ritz in San Jose, CA. 01.30.16
Sweet HayaH performed at the Poor House Bistro on 1/24/16.
Check out the new video by NVS, created in collaboration by Concert Photos by Amanda Lynn Creative, Tre Retter of Tap-Tempo Music Shop and the SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery in San Jose.
Redwood Roots performed at the Caravan Lounge on 12/4/15. #reggae #redwoodrootz
Melted State performing Old Man River at the Rockbar Theater on 11/25/2015.
Delicious experiments in food photography.
The Foo Fighters performed at Love Ride 32 at Lake Castaic to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Forrest Day performed at Planet Gemini on October 31, 2015.
ONOFF performed at the Quarternote in Sunnyvale, CA on October 30, 2015.
Matt Jaffe and the Distractions opened up for Blues Traveler at the Fillmore.
Filmed on 10/18/2015 at Love Ride 32.
Content Magazine’s pick up party featured Jeff Conley, Curious Quail, and Citabria.
Anya and The Get Down performed at the Rtiz for the C2SV 2015 conference. #anyakvitka
NVS performed at the Caravan Lounge in San Jose on October 10, 2015.
Sweet HayaH performed at the The Ritz in San Jose for the C2SV conference.
Sweet HayaH at the Ritz