Sunday, January 18, 2009

Timmy Chainsaw Massacre

Timothy Markin, 40, is a captain on the Stanislaus Hotshots, and was my last squad boss on the Groveland Hotshots. He is one of the best sawyers, chainsaw operators, I have ever known. However, what Timmy, as he is called, is know for is his wild personality and his inability to quit. Timmy is an unstoppable force. I learned most of what I know ablout clearing brush from him, and I remember fondly the times that I spent with Timmy among others on Crew 4, the Groveland Hotshots.

Because I now live in Oakland and have become soft Timmy was called in to clear brush on my parents property. It worked out that one of the days I was visiting he was clearing brush so I was able to help out. It felt good to work with him again. Timmy is truly a monster when It comes to running a chainsaw. I have to admit that I was "broke off" by the end of the day. I am sure that Timmy will gloat about this fact. So this post is for him. I hope that you enjoy.

Photos by Adm Golub

Monday, January 12, 2009

Latest BART photos

I know that I haven't posted photos my BART Project as of late, but I am still shooting on the train about four or five days a week. the more I shoot the more I find that I am pushed to look for new was to make photographs. I hope you like these latest photographs.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cold Weather Feature

Monday, Jan. 5, I was sent out to find a cold weather feature. I went to the local bus depot in Modesto and found this nice moment between Rebecca Cordeiro, 28, and her boyfriend Tavio H. Skills, 32. Photo by Alison Yin

A Soldier Returns

Last Sunday was my first experience photographing a soldier's body being returned to his family. Army Spc. Tony Jerold Gonzales, 20, was killed in Iraq Dec. 28, just two weeks before he was to go on leave for a holiday break with his family in Newman, Calif. The Gonzales family, including his three older sisters, mother, father and girlfriend, and friends gathered at the Modesto Airport to receive his casket and honor his life with a traditional military funeral. The family was wonderful to interact with and very nice to give me full access during such a difficult time. "T.J." was obviously loved very much by those around him. Photos by Alison Yin

Turlock Homeless Shelter

I am way behind on my blogging so I'll attempt to catch up in the coming weeks.

These photos are from a shoot I did at a homeless shelter in Turlock that opened in the beginning of December. It is only for single men, which is something that is definitely needed since most shelters are geared towards providing for women and children. The opening of the shelter was also right in time since nights are in the 30s-40s in the valley these days. The effects of the poor economy are visible particularly throughout small towns in central California since the unemployment rate continues to rise.

This shelter is especially nice because the space used to be a hotel. With so many rooms, many of the men are able to get their own room and their own bed - a luxury not found at most shelters.

Generous volunteers make a nice meal for the men staying at the shelter:

Photos by Alison Yin

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas in Glendale

Ali and I went down to Glendale for Christmas holiday. I am not big on buying lots of stuff, but I love spending time with Ali's family. I also have to say that I love the new jacket Ali bought me in Paris.

These are called Rollo Cookies and they are the best cookies that you will ever have... EVER!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Fun with color

These are a couple of shots I made in San Francisco walking around with my friend Allen. I thought that the color was fun so I pumped it up a little bit.