Photos: On the train from Boston to California

Back in June 2014 when I was thinking about moving to the Bay Area, I took a roundtrip Amtrak train trip from Boston to Emeryville, CA. It was a fun adventure that took 4.5 days out to California and then five days for the trip back. A little less than two months later I moved to Oakland.

Fast forward three years and three months, I’m now planning my move back to Boston. Today I finally uploaded many of the iPhone photos I took during the first part of the 2014 train expedition. The hand-drawn maps are courtesy of Michael.

Click on a photo to see a larger image. During the trip, I posted some of these photos on Instagram with the #SoozAmtrak2014 hashtag.

 

The “best” of the past three months

The photos app on my iPhone rounded up a couple dozen photos and videos that it deemed “the best of the past three months.” It’s a fun assortment of my favorite people, places and creatures.

Click the image below to play the video. The soundtrack is “Coast A While” by The Curtis Mayflower.

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Aloud’s ‘Falling Out of Love’ VR Music Video Experience

Aloud made their way from Boston to the West Coast in May to promote their virtual reality music video project. And one of those stops included The Unicorn Estate in San Leandro. Check out my photos from the festivities and learn more about Aloud’s ‘Falling Out of Love’ VR Eperience campaign on Indiegogo.

Here’s what Aloud has to say about the VR music video project

Music means a lot to us. As more and more people discover the power of Virtual Reality (VR), we want everyone — from fellow musicians and enthusiasts to tech pioneers who enjoy a good tune — to see that the things they love are well-represented in this brand new medium.

This is a message to the dreamers, the innovators, the lovers of all things indie, and those of you who are always humming a catchy rock and roll tune: join us on our journey! We’re going to learn a lot as we go. Nobody said being a pioneer was easy, but with your help and — and the help of others like you who believe in the future of Virtual Reality and want it to be a haven for music lovers — we’ll make something amazing.

Further evidence of just how goddamn delightful this band is…

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Event Photography for 2.Oakland Spring Mixer

2.Oakland hosted a spring mixer at The Port Workspaces on April 21st bringing together individuals who are excited to create a thriving tech and innovation community for Oakland and the East Bay. Their events and programs support existing tech companies as well as organizations who would like to relocate to the area.

I contributed my event photography services for the event. Click on a photo to see a larger image. The album is also available to view on Flickr.

 

Photos of the Roman Chariot Mural in Temescal Oakland

I stopped by the large mural of awesome street art at 43rd and Telegraph in Oakland to take some photos. Thanks to the Internet, I found out that the mural is called “Roman Chariot” and it was created by Temescal artists in 2011. The Temescal News & Views newsletter had this to say about the project:

The mural is enormous, extending 156 lineal feet down 43rd St. and 75 lineal feet down Telegraph, and covering more than 4,000 square feet of surface.

Marcela and Ronn Simpson, owners of the building since 1978, were inspired to have a mural gracing the building’s walls by their son Michael Linton Simpson and his close friend Derek Weisberg. Both graduates of CCA, the California College of the Arts, Michael and Derek started the now-closed Boontling Gallery and were instrumental in founding the monthly Art Murmur events with other Oakland galleries and artists.

Derek curated the mural, and local artists F. Purth, Kara Joslyn, Jeremy Ehling, Jake Watling, Billy Sprague, Rich Jacobs, Nick Mann, Daniel Jesse Lewis and Michael Linton Simpson partici- pated. Work began on July 9th, and each artist was free to do his or her own work. Financial support for the mural came from the Temescal Telegraph BID, Kelly-Moore Paints and Mark’s Paint Spot. The name of the mural is “Roman Chariot.”

Scroll through my photo album of the Roman Chariot mural below or view each photo on Flickr.

Roman Chariot: Mural at 43rd & Telegraph, Oakland

Another Month of Firsts: Roses in March

Each month I’ve lived in the Bay Area since relocating from Boston last Summer brings a fresh batch of new. This month it’s roses in March and it’s certainly something I did not see in Boston or Nebraska.

Each month I’ve lived in the Bay Area since relocating from Boston last Summer brings a fresh batch of new. This month it’s roses in March and it’s certainly something I did not see in Boston or Nebraska.

I started to dig back into my Flickr account recently. Here are some of the photos I’ve taken around North Oakland. Click on a photo to see a larger image.

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Farewell, Boston — Oh, Hello, San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Trail near Jack London Square in Oakland
Next to The San Francisco Bay Trail near Jack London Square in Oakland

In June I traveled across the country from Boston to San Francisco via Amtrak. It was an adventure. My plan was to interview for jobs, reconnect with friends and have a new job by August 1st.

On July 3rd I accepted an offer from HelloSign. On August 4th I start my new job as Content Marketing Manager. I’m excited about what comes next.  I’ve used their eSignature solution for my event photography work so I already knew about the product’s usefulness and awesomeness. And now I’ll be joining HelloSign’s team as the second marketing hire. Good times seem imminent.

I arrived in Oakland on July 30th and I’m staying at a place via Airbnb for the next 33 nights while I look for an apartment. Before I moved, there were a sea of goodbyes, cocktails and hugs. I arrived in Boston from Nebraska in 1994 “for the summer” when I was twenty-one and it remained my home for the next twenty years. I always thought I might want to move to the Bay Area and now it is apparently the time.

One thing I will certainly miss about Boston is the music community that I’ve been a part of as a fan and concert photographer.  Here’s a Spotify playlist featuring many of my favorite Boston bands I’ve gone out to see and photograph over the years throughout 1994-2014.

The list below does not show additions after I published this post. You’ll need to look at the playlist on Spotify to see the latest updates.

To be continued!

On the Train from Boston to San Francisco

On Monday I left for my first cross-country train expedition from Boston to San Francisco. It’s day three today and we’ve just left McCook, Nebraska headed to Colorado. And of course my trip has a hashtag for Twitter and Instgram: #SoozAmtrak2014. I’m using Seen’s social snapshot wrangler to collect all the posts with that hashtag.

When I arrive in San Francisco, I’m spending a week in the Bay Area exploring work opportunities in my worlds of content, digital marketing and community engagement. If you know someone I should connect with while I’m out there, I’d love to hear from you. Here’s my resume on LinkedIn.  Campaigns to keep me in Boston and help me find an awesome job there, too, are certainly welcome.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr train from Chicago, IL to Emeryville, CA has an awesome observation car filled with windows. I’m spending a lot of time there capturing photos and Instgram videos and working on some video projects. Unfortunately there’s no wifi. I might set up the GoPro camera when the train makes its way through the Rockies for a quick-lapse video.

Michael made hand-drawn maps of my train expedition from Boston to San Francisco and then back to Boston. He added some fun extra tidbits, of course.

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates during my trip.

Sarah Blacker at the 2013 New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square

Back in September, dozens of bands got together to perform at the 2013 New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square. It was a superb two days of music. I filmed many of the outdoor performances. First up is Sarah Blacker performing “Shiver” from her new album Precious Little Things.

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