29 Portraits Project
Portrait 17 / 29: Russ

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

So it’s been awhile guys. I feel bad about it. I was busy–at least for a while. My weekends were filled with trips: a weekend in Tahoe, a road trip to Seaside, Oregon, a flight up to Washington (followed by a ferry ride to Whidbey Island). The trips were filled with things I needed: trail runs, secluded beaches, brilliant sunsets, quiet sunrises, old friends, bike rides, bonfires, fresh clams, board games, family… But after each weekend away, it felt like it took me the better part of a work week to get back into my routine–to get back to where I could even begin to be productive again.

Last week though, I finally hunkered down and got back into the groove of photo editing. And now I have several sets of photos that are fully edited and ready to post… I just need to start writing. So here it goes:

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The first weekend of May, C had a conference (more specifically a worm meeting!) up in San Francisco so I decided to catch a ride to the city with him and spend the day with my friend Russ. Russ was a housemate of one of my best friends (Allison), before she moved back to Seattle. Luckily, after she left, Russ continued to hang out with me.

I’m told (by Russ) that we met before this, but I first remember meeting Russ at Bay to Breakers, when he was dressed as a Legends of the Hidden Temple contestant (his costumes since then have been equally clever and cool). In my experience, Russ is game for most anything. He goes to shows with me even if he’s never heard of the band (and has a good time), he can start a dance party pretty much anywhere, and he can gather large groups of people (who mostly don’t know each other) for celebratory weekends in Tahoe that end with everyone having fun (and everyone having some good stories). He’s just super great–friendly, funny, adventurous, interesting, and always entertaining.

This particular day with Russ involved Blue Bottle New Orleans Style Iced Coffees, wandering around the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building, a plate full of oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co., a trek up to Coit Tower through hilly gardens, and a jaunt over to Alamo Square. We were basically tourists for the day and I walked something like 17,000 steps (or so my iPhone told me) and we talked a lot and took some photos and the oysters were delicious and I always love Blue Bottle coffee and I had a very good time.

In conclusion, here are some of my favorites photos of Russ from that day in San Francisco:

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PS: Happy Birthday Russ! Thanks for walking all over San Francisco, letting me take your portraits and being a friend. Can’t wait to see you soon!



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