El Portal Motelwww.elportalmotel.com420 Main StreetBeatty, NV 89003(775) 553-2912
Carlos Clubwww.carlosclub.com612 El Camino RealSan Carlos, CA 94070-3104(650) 622-9708
Bucky and Holly
Playland-Not-at-the-Beachwww.playland-not-at-the-beach.org10979 San Pablo AvenueEl Cerrito, CA 94530(510) 592-3002
49 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025-4809
From wikipedia: Byron, California is also home to the somewhat well-known and historical Byron Hot Springs, a now-abandoned resort which was a retreat that attracted many movie stars and famous athletes in the early 1900s. The first hotel was built in 1889 and was a three-story wood building, with a few cottages scattered nearby, as well as a laundry, gas plant and ice plant, all of which were destroyed by fire on July 25, 1901. A second hotel, also three stories, but made of stucco was constructed 1901-1902, but it burned on July 18, 1912. The third and final hotel, a four-story brick structure was built in 1913 and still stands.
In 1938 the resort closed, due to a series of lawsuits, probably brought about by the Great Depression, but was leased by the government in 1941 and became a military interrogation camp housing both German and Japanese prisoners of war, known as Camp Tracy, until 1945, when orders were sent to dismantle it.
In 1947 the Byron Hot Springs property was put up for sale and purchased by the Greek Orthodox Church for a sum of $105,000. It served as the Monastery St. Paul for several years. It then changed hands several times both as a resort, country club and private residence. It is currently privately owned by a developer who hopes to begin restoring the resort in early 2009, but the property is now in a state of disrepair. Plans for the restoration of Byron Hot Springs are outlined at byronhotsprings.com. In 2005, a Victorian-era carriage house on the property was burned to the ground. The hotel itself sustained some fire damage, but still stands.
10979 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
On November 12, 2010 I shot a San Jose wedding as an invited second shooter for <a href="http://ivanmakarov.com/pblog/">Ivan Makarov Photography</a>. You can see a collection of the photographs I took from this wedding as I upload them over time <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/sets/72157625386971258/">here</a>.Check out <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivanomak/">Ivan's work on Flickr here</a>.
Speed Limit -- Mojave Desert, CA
Kill Your TV -- Byron, CA
Tomorrow's Possibilities -- Drake's Beach, CA
Renegade -- Palo Alto, CA
Pretty One -- Point Richmond, CA
Train Names Sunset -- Niland, CA
Kiss Me Baby Like the First Time I Ever Saw You -- Half Moon Bay, CA
Too Much is Never Enough
The Wisdom of Clowns
I Remember the Time You Told Me Love Was Touching Souls -- San Rafael, CA
Salton Sea -- Salton Sea, CA
30 Cheval -- Bellevue, ID
30 Cheval is an unfinished architectural masterpiece high in the Idaho Mountains. The home was designed by noted architect Susan Desko, who worked with Frank Gehry and was featured in the documentary on Gehry, "A Constructive Madness: Wherein Frank Gehry and Peter Lewis Spend a Fortune and a Decade… End Up With Nothing and Change the World."
Thanks to +Scott Jordan for introducing me to Susan and sharing this great work of art with me. I wrote a short blog post where you can see more photos of this property here: http://thomashawk.com/2013/04/the-architecture-of-susan-desko-30-cheval-bellevue-idaho.html
Somebody should buy this place and finish it. :)
Thanks to +Daniel Krieger, the Smoothest Dude Alive for making this awesome portrait of me and +Julia Peterson. He shot this on real film with his Hasselblad when we visited him earlier this year in New York.
Late Night Travel
I just read that +Virgin America was named the best airline in America in 2012. http://goo.gl/6pKii I have to say that I totally agree.
The number one thing for me that makes a difference? AC power at my seat. It's so nice being able to use your laptop for the entire flight, even doing high power consumption things like editing in Lightroom and still have a full laptop charge when you arrive at your destination. I'm so surprised more airlines don't equip power at every seat.
Congrats on today's report +Richard Branson and thanks for making air travel a pleasure again.
Scored Some Friends Along the Way
American Car -- Half Moon Bay, CA
On the Road Again -- Central Valley, CA
On our way to to #coachella in the #jbltakescoachella RV with +Greg Kihn +Robert Scoble +Chris Voss +Ron Sheridan +Daniel Brusilovsky
The California landscape is beautiful this time of year! Lots of rock and roll on it's way.
Remember this song by Greg? Greg Kihn Band-The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)
Welcome to Sun Valley -- Sun Valley, ID
Last month I was privileged to be invited to host a photo walk in Sun Valley, Idaho for the Dent the Future Conference. http://goo.gl/9eWXK The conference which, "explores the magic and science of visionary leadership and groundbreaking success," featured a lot of really interesting people who gave talks on everything from the founding of Pixar to the tech that speaker +Harper Reed used to manage technology for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. http://dentthefuture.com/
I'd never been to Sun Valley before and it was really great to get to photograph another slice of America on my quest to document the country. Along the way I met some very cool new friends and also got to hang out with a lot of great old friends as well. My wife +Julia Peterson joined me and we took an extra day at the end driving and shooting from Sun Valley back to Boise. I spent another day after that shooting an abandoned prison in Boise which was really something too (more on that later).
It snowed while we were in Sun Valley, so of course I had to get out and go get a photo of the iconic Sun Valley red barn in the snow. I also was able to get a photograph of Ernest Hemingway's grave. He's buried in Ketchum, just outside of Sun Valley.
On the way to the conference Junior Doctor gave us a live concert 30,000 feet up in the air on the Southwest flight to Dent. http://goo.gl/GlKL4
Thanks to +Maryam Scoble and +Steve Broback for getting me involved with this great conference. I had a terrific time, learned a ton, and got to photograph Idaho -- which along with the other 49 U.S. states is one of the coolest states in the U.S. to photograph. ;)
Thanks also to locals Therese Tomlinson Magner who does corporate marketing at the Sun Valley Lodge there and my new buddy +Scott Jordan for really making us out of towners feel at home.
I made a photo set of photos from the Dent Conference and Sun Valley, Idaho that you can check out here: http://goo.gl/9eWXK
Climb In -- Half Moon Bay, CA
Sit Anywhere -- Williams, CA
Scott Jordan, CEO Scottevest -- Burlingame, CA
Made a portrait of my pal +Scott Jordan last night over some beers at Steelhead Brewery in Burlingame with +Julia Peterson. Shooting in bars is always challenging because the light is usually so tough. Last night Scott and I were talking a bit about symmetry in photography. One of the things I'm constantly looking for with my own work is any sort of reflective surface at all. I thought this bar top worked for that last night. And here's another version of Scott with +Julia Peterson: http://goo.gl/vYpTR
Good time hanging out with some old and new friends. :)
Jaguar…at last something beautiful you can truly own -- Hillsborough, CA
My Littlest Kitty Cat
Than Some of the Other Things I Have Become -- Hillsborough, CA
+Katherine Cheng -- Sausalito, CA
I'm excited to be heading down to +SmugMug later this afternoon to film a photography special with my good pal +Trey Ratcliff. We are going to sit down and talk about lots of different things -- the future of photography, the technology of photography, social photo sharing, our own work, history, plans -- all sorts of stuff. I get to ask Trey some questions and he'll ask me some too.
The conversation is being hosted at +SmugMug and is being organized by the delightful +Katherine Cheng
Looking forward to hanging out with all the awesome folks at team +SmugMug this afternoon! There are so many of them! :)
As She Swam -- Eureka, CA
Hello Electricity -- Menlo Park, CA
Bodie is a ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, United States, about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Lake Tahoe. It is located 12 miles (19 km) east-southeast of Bridgeport, at an elevation of 8379 feet (2554 m). As Bodie Historic District, the U.S. Department of the Interior recognizes it as a National Historic Landmark. The ghost town has been administered by California State Parks since becoming a state historic park in 1962, and receives about 200,000 visitors yearly
The Only Time I'm Right is When I Play Along -- Mountain View, CA
My Littlest Kitty Cat -- Piedmont, CA
Either Way Somebody Loses and Somebody Wins -- Pleasanton, CA
WOAH!! Want to win a pair of Google Glass!?!?!?!? +Trey Ratcliff +Robert Scoble and I will be hosting a truly epic photowalk in San Francisco during Google I/O. We will try to break the record for the largest photowalk in history.
Come watch the big +Trey Ratcliff show in 30 minutes to find out how you can win Google Glass!!! Tonight's show will be great with +Frederick Van Johnson Google Photos Community Manager +Brian Matiash +Sara Byrne +Dylan Howell +Mike Wiacek +Gino Barasa +Dave Veffer and MORE!!!! Trey has a chat room now so we'll be hanging out and chatting with you while tonight's show is going on!
Goes Farther, Faster -- Grand Prairie, TX
Four Generations of First Born Daughters -- Glendale, OR
#HeresToTheMoms #MothersDay #Moms
Never Sleep -- Bellevue, ID