Journey to the West

I decided to move again out West to Arizona for better medical treatment, weather, allergies.... The first time was to go to school at The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix for audio recording. I was in Phoenix for a about a year for school then moved to Los Angeles to intern and work in a recording studio. After school I moved into a small two bedroom apartment with a classmate from school to the Valley in LA. That was the first reality check for the cost of living in California. Our small two bedroom apartment was $1800 a month on a busy street in Studio City. At the time I wasn't paying attention to the news and the financial problems that were starting in 2008.

My internship-assistant job was at a small recording studio in Burbank owned by two session players. Joey one of the owners is a drummer and session player for Beck and played in The Smashing Pumpkins and with R.E.M for a short time. Joey joined Thom Yorke from Radiohead, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nigel Godrich a well known producer to form the band Atoms for Peace. The other owner is Zac who is a keyboard player has played with a long list of musicians and bands. He is also currently on tour with Death Cab for Cutie. My first experience I had in the studio was with the band Other Lives recording their first album. It was produced by Joey and recorded and mixed by Darrell Thorp. I felt something special during the recordings it is an emotional record. One of the best and favorite recordings I was apart of. Once the album was finished I went to Best Buy in Hollywood and bought the CD. 

During my time in LA I got to meet some real cool people Beck, Rza, John Mayer and Butch Vig and worked with some producers and engineers that were just assholes and thought they were big shit and better than everyone else. The two and a half years there I got burntout working an average of 12 to 14 hrs a day and being stuck inside not getting much or any daylight. When the financial crisis was in full effect and with the cost of living there high I decided to move back to Omaha.

That's when my eye condition really started to progress and get worse. I had to go back to LA to have eye surgeries and took a whole year being stuck at home with little vision before my eyes healed. I've also wanted to get out of the Midwest and be back West. I need better treatment than I was getting I'm hoping to get that here in Phoenix and trying to avoid having cornea transplants. When I knew the move would be happening I planned a couple extra days going to northern Arizona to photograph. I packed my car with everything I owed that would fit and took off. I had a scary drive in Colorado through the mountains when it was snowing just hoping I wouldn't slide off the side of the steep mountain. These are the photos from the trip once I get the film processed I will add them later.