Hello there! I’m back.
The TL;DR of this post is: I’m beginning 2020 as a photographer, and I'm based in Brooklyn, in New York City! This is a big life change; I spent the last 2.5 years in Seattle working on a secret Amazon project as a Design Technologist (a hybrid “prototyper” role that lives between design and engineering). Life is short, and if you know me, you may know that being a photographer and living in New York City have been back-burner dreams of mine for years.
So I’m doing it.
I want to keep this blog informal and fun; a deeper, permanent peek behind what you might glimpse in my Instagram stories. I’ll try to keep this one short. It will still be long. Let's rewind back to November.
November was packed. Here's a summary:
1) I left Amazon. On my last day I badged into a bunch of buildings, where I was able to shoot a couple of hot iPhone panoramas. Here's one of the Spheres, which is an Amazon building filled with plants and also fish. The top floor is where they announce new products.
2) I went to Portland to pick up a new 16” MacBook Pro. It was seven years since I’d gotten a new computer. I hope this one lasts at least another seven!
3) I did a quick weekend trip to California to ride bikes with my friends Nick and Nare. Over the two days it was around 60 miles, with 5,500 ft of elevation gain (aka LOTS of climbing), on my track bike which has no brakes. The descending was tough.
4) I had a going-away party.
5) I got on a plane.
I flew to Rhode Island first, because my friend Ceileidh (pronounced kay-lee) had a rare opportunity to hop into a Porsche GT2RS Clubsport (non-road-legal, 700HP beast of a car) and wanted me to come shoot some photos. So I said yes, duh. She was published recently in Porsche's Panorama magazine about her own Porsche 911. It's her mom car.
The GT2RS Clubsport is next-level on every level. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic everywhere, and a massive wing. I am a sucker for a huge wing.
The license plate is hers. :) She plans to eventually have a Porsche with a wing.
Whilst in Rhode Island I also caught up with some other friends.
Then I briefly went home to Vermont to see my family for Christmas. Not much snow yet.
And now I’m in New York!
I’m living in Brooklyn with my good friend Chris; we met riding bikes in an alleycat race 4 years ago, and now we finally live in the same city. You'll be seeing a lot more of him.
And yes – I’m finally transitioning to photography full-time.
This is a big, exciting, and unnerving change for me. I’ve shied away from photography for the last 10 years while I’ve been diving into the world of physical/digital product development. I still love that world, but I believe pretty hard in the rich/famous/successful-people advice about living by a regret-minimization framework. According to that, I'm doing the right thing.
If you’ve made it through this entire post, THANK YOU! I truly appreciate your attention and I hope you enjoyed the images. If you ever want to get in touch, send me a DM on Instagram (@dnpwl) or email email@example.com.
Cheers to your dreams and this new decade!