sonder.

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk. - The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
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Photos contest #3: We Are the In Crowd / “Sing With Me”
Lately I’ve been giving away 5x7 prints of some of my photos. Here’s the third installment.
The third contest (there will be more) is for this 5x7 print of We Are the In Crowd playing Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, Fla. on their club tour earlier this year. I’ll be giving away TWO of them to TWO different people.
This is an excellent little memento for you fans of We Are the In Crowd: I only have two copies right now, and I want YOU to have them.
So here’s what you need to do to enter:
Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption)
Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet
About my blog: I post original concert photography and music writeups, in addition to my general writing, food photography and landscape photography. If you want to see my huge catalog of concert photos, head to sonderlife.com and click “Music” under the categories tab. You can also search by band tag.
On August 22, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. I’ll do this twice. 
Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to. 
Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!
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Photos contest #3: We Are the In Crowd / “Sing With Me”
Lately I’ve been giving away 5x7 prints of some of my photos. Here’s the third installment.
The third contest (there will be more) is for this 5x7 print of We Are the In Crowd playing Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, Fla. on their club tour earlier this year. I’ll be giving away TWO of them to TWO different people.
This is an excellent little memento for you fans of We Are the In Crowd: I only have two copies right now, and I want YOU to have them.
So here’s what you need to do to enter:
Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption)
Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet
About my blog: I post original concert photography and music writeups, in addition to my general writing, food photography and landscape photography. If you want to see my huge catalog of concert photos, head to sonderlife.com and click “Music” under the categories tab. You can also search by band tag.
On August 22, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. I’ll do this twice. 
Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to. 
Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!
Zoom
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Photos contest #3: We Are the In Crowd / “Sing With Me”

Lately I’ve been giving away 5x7 prints of some of my photos. Here’s the third installment.

The third contest (there will be more) is for this 5x7 print of We Are the In Crowd playing Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, Fla. on their club tour earlier this year. I’ll be giving away TWO of them to TWO different people.

This is an excellent little memento for you fans of We Are the In Crowd: I only have two copies right now, and I want YOU to have them.

So here’s what you need to do to enter:

Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption)

Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet

About my blog: I post original concert photography and music writeups, in addition to my general writing, food photography and landscape photography. If you want to see my huge catalog of concert photos, head to sonderlife.com and click “Music” under the categories tab. You can also search by band tag.

On August 22, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. I’ll do this twice. 

Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to. 

Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!

The moment.
After I began going to concerts in the late 2000s, I quickly realized that there was something special going besides music: A community. My first Warped Tour was the pinnacle of this, as I saw thousands brought together by those on stage, singing and screaming along to every word the band shared with the world. You can get so wrapped up in the emotion of music and what it means to you that you lose a sense of place and feel at home right there in that crowd - your anxieties, insecurities can melt away. And those on stage will relate how much they enjoy doing what they do, sometimes with words and sometimes through body language. These events comprise the moment when music becomes more than just vibrations in the air and transforms into a positive psychological experience. 
When I began photographing concerts, I loved capturing the moments, and I still do. I try to look for when musicians show how much they love what they’re doing, or how they look when they’re “in the zone” of playing or how they engage with the crowd.
I’ve recently began printing some of my favorite photos in the 5x7 format and having those photographed sign the prints. Autographs generally don’t mean too much to me (I prefer experiences), but this is entirely different because these photos are something I’ve created, am proud of and want to share with the subject. As of today, I have a little folder to put them in and intend to keep doing this as I shoot more shows and print more photos.
Additionally, I tend to have two copies of the photo printed and signed, so that means more giveaway contests ;)

The moment.

After I began going to concerts in the late 2000s, I quickly realized that there was something special going besides music: A community. My first Warped Tour was the pinnacle of this, as I saw thousands brought together by those on stage, singing and screaming along to every word the band shared with the world. You can get so wrapped up in the emotion of music and what it means to you that you lose a sense of place and feel at home right there in that crowd - your anxieties, insecurities can melt away. And those on stage will relate how much they enjoy doing what they do, sometimes with words and sometimes through body language. These events comprise the moment when music becomes more than just vibrations in the air and transforms into a positive psychological experience. 

When I began photographing concerts, I loved capturing the moments, and I still do. I try to look for when musicians show how much they love what they’re doing, or how they look when they’re “in the zone” of playing or how they engage with the crowd.

I’ve recently began printing some of my favorite photos in the 5x7 format and having those photographed sign the prints. Autographs generally don’t mean too much to me (I prefer experiences), but this is entirely different because these photos are something I’ve created, am proud of and want to share with the subject. As of today, I have a little folder to put them in and intend to keep doing this as I shoot more shows and print more photos.

Additionally, I tend to have two copies of the photo printed and signed, so that means more giveaway contests ;)

(Source: sonderlife.com)

Our drive along the Pacific Coast Highway started out in Malibu, which is generally flat and full of beach until you get a little inland. The further we headed up the coast, though the more mountainous and rocky it became. My photographer senses were on full alert, and since we had a lot of leisure time for the drive, we stopped at many of the scenic overlooks.
Through the lens, I saw plenty of leading lines in the form of rocks jutting out into the sea, contrasted by endless and beautiful waves and ocean. Splotches of green appeared as plants, and the mountains often had pleasing orange tones to them. 
Through my eyes, though, I saw some of my favorite scenes of Mother Nature I’ve experienced in my life. I’m an east coast kid, and while I love the Narragansett Bay of Rhode Island or Long Island, this felt different, maybe because it was a proper adventure. Maybe it was because I was so far from home. It was my first experience of the Pacific. The ebb and flow of the waves, the ~65 degree weather and the wind ripping around me was a natural hypnosis, and, if we didn’t have somewhere to be, I could have stayed there all day.
Just sitting there, enamored by the grand views washing over my senses. A muse I won’t forget.
(Photo by Scott).
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Our drive along the Pacific Coast Highway started out in Malibu, which is generally flat and full of beach until you get a little inland. The further we headed up the coast, though the more mountainous and rocky it became. My photographer senses were on full alert, and since we had a lot of leisure time for the drive, we stopped at many of the scenic overlooks.

Through the lens, I saw plenty of leading lines in the form of rocks jutting out into the sea, contrasted by endless and beautiful waves and ocean. Splotches of green appeared as plants, and the mountains often had pleasing orange tones to them. 

Through my eyes, though, I saw some of my favorite scenes of Mother Nature I’ve experienced in my life. I’m an east coast kid, and while I love the Narragansett Bay of Rhode Island or Long Island, this felt different, maybe because it was a proper adventure. Maybe it was because I was so far from home. It was my first experience of the Pacific. The ebb and flow of the waves, the ~65 degree weather and the wind ripping around me was a natural hypnosis, and, if we didn’t have somewhere to be, I could have stayed there all day.

Just sitting there, enamored by the grand views washing over my senses. A muse I won’t forget.

(Photo by Scott).

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Photos contest #3: We Are the In Crowd / “Sing With Me”
Lately I’ve been giving away 5x7 prints of some of my photos. Here’s the third installment.
The third contest (there will be more) is for this 5x7 print of We Are the In Crowd playing Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, Fla. on their club tour earlier this year. I’ll be giving away TWO of them to TWO different people.
This is an excellent little memento for you fans of We Are the In Crowd: I only have two copies right now, and I want YOU to have them.
So here’s what you need to do to enter:
Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption)
Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet
About my blog: I post original concert photography and music writeups, in addition to my general writing, food photography and landscape photography. If you want to see my huge catalog of concert photos, head to sonderlife.com and click “Music” under the categories tab. You can also search by band tag.
On August 22, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. I’ll do this twice. 
Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to. 
Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!
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Photos contest #3: We Are the In Crowd / “Sing With Me”
Lately I’ve been giving away 5x7 prints of some of my photos. Here’s the third installment.
The third contest (there will be more) is for this 5x7 print of We Are the In Crowd playing Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, Fla. on their club tour earlier this year. I’ll be giving away TWO of them to TWO different people.
This is an excellent little memento for you fans of We Are the In Crowd: I only have two copies right now, and I want YOU to have them.
So here’s what you need to do to enter:
Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption)
Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet
About my blog: I post original concert photography and music writeups, in addition to my general writing, food photography and landscape photography. If you want to see my huge catalog of concert photos, head to sonderlife.com and click “Music” under the categories tab. You can also search by band tag.
On August 22, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. I’ll do this twice. 
Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to. 
Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!
Zoom
Info

Photos contest #3: We Are the In Crowd / “Sing With Me”

Lately I’ve been giving away 5x7 prints of some of my photos. Here’s the third installment.

The third contest (there will be more) is for this 5x7 print of We Are the In Crowd playing Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, Fla. on their club tour earlier this year. I’ll be giving away TWO of them to TWO different people.

This is an excellent little memento for you fans of We Are the In Crowd: I only have two copies right now, and I want YOU to have them.

So here’s what you need to do to enter:

Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption)

Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet

About my blog: I post original concert photography and music writeups, in addition to my general writing, food photography and landscape photography. If you want to see my huge catalog of concert photos, head to sonderlife.com and click “Music” under the categories tab. You can also search by band tag.

On August 22, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. I’ll do this twice. 

Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to. 

Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!

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Warped Tour photos contest #2: Jess Bowen
When Warped Tour hit Florida a few weeks ago, I got some photos I’d taken previously signed by the bands in them.
The second contest (there will be more) is for this signed 5x7 photo of Jess Bowen of The Summer Set at Warped Tour last year in Orlando. The band was doing an acoustic set, but they only manged to play one song before they had to stop due to lightning in the area (a famous Florida storm).
This is an excellent little memento for you fans of The Summer Set: It’s the only signed print of this photo in existence. It’s literally one-of-a-kind.
So here’s what you need to do to enter:
Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption)
Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet
On August 17, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to.
Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!

One more day!
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Warped Tour photos contest #2: Jess Bowen
When Warped Tour hit Florida a few weeks ago, I got some photos I’d taken previously signed by the bands in them.
The second contest (there will be more) is for this signed 5x7 photo of Jess Bowen of The Summer Set at Warped Tour last year in Orlando. The band was doing an acoustic set, but they only manged to play one song before they had to stop due to lightning in the area (a famous Florida storm).
This is an excellent little memento for you fans of The Summer Set: It’s the only signed print of this photo in existence. It’s literally one-of-a-kind.
So here’s what you need to do to enter:
Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption)
Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet
On August 17, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to.
Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!

One more day!
Zoom
Info

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Warped Tour photos contest #2: Jess Bowen

When Warped Tour hit Florida a few weeks ago, I got some photos I’d taken previously signed by the bands in them.

The second contest (there will be more) is for this signed 5x7 photo of Jess Bowen of The Summer Set at Warped Tour last year in Orlando. The band was doing an acoustic set, but they only manged to play one song before they had to stop due to lightning in the area (a famous Florida storm).

This is an excellent little memento for you fans of The Summer Set: It’s the only signed print of this photo in existence. It’s literally one-of-a-kind.

So here’s what you need to do to enter:

Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption)

Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet

On August 17, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to.

Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!

One more day!

I feel emotionally devastated that Andy and Erin didn’t get back together before The Office ended.

If I ever were to commit to something as stupid as “shipping,” I’d “ship” those two.

And now there’s a hole in my heart knowing that the series ended and there’s no chance for them. I loved them :(

Additionally, Andy had so much more potential that I didn’t see come to fruition. The end of the show kind of made him look like a husk of his former self.

(Source: sonderlife.com)

Shoutout to Joe, Mel, Alex and Marco, who my friend Niko and I met last night in DayZ and formed a squad with.
DayZ, being a free-for-all survival game, is an incredibly tough environment to meet friendly people in. People often kill on sight because they don’t want to take chances, want your gear, or just want to murder you. So when Niko and I walked into the main square of a town, we met three of them, who were friendly, then the last guy (Joe, who was not part of their squad) joined us, and they actually went and got me a splint for my broken leg. We played for a few hours after that. A rare happy story.

Shoutout to Joe, Mel, Alex and Marco, who my friend Niko and I met last night in DayZ and formed a squad with.

DayZ, being a free-for-all survival game, is an incredibly tough environment to meet friendly people in. People often kill on sight because they don’t want to take chances, want your gear, or just want to murder you. So when Niko and I walked into the main square of a town, we met three of them, who were friendly, then the last guy (Joe, who was not part of their squad) joined us, and they actually went and got me a splint for my broken leg. We played for a few hours after that. A rare happy story.

(Source: sonderlife.com)

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