2017 Eclipse

Shot on Portra 160 and Tri-X 400

August 21, 2017 - I experienced my first total solar eclipse. I debated on whether or not I should make the 10 hour drive to Oregon initially, but figured why not? My friend Brian and I joined our new friends from the Easy Bay Astronomical Society at our campsite in Mitchell on Saturday afternoon, and spent our time meeting people, exploring the town, playing games, and stargazing up until 10:20 AM Monday morning. Totality itself was probably (definitely) the coolest thing I've ever witnessed. I'm a bit of a space nerd so this was quite a monumental experience for me. The best way I can put it, is it reminded me of Sauron's eye from Lord of the Rings. I really tried to burn the image into my brain so I never forget it, and unfortunately my images of totality do NOT do it justice. Check out Brian's photos for the really good stuff. It’s so hard to explain what you feel when it happens, but I know we were all feeling the same thing. One of the biggest takeaways from this weekend for me was actually the feeling of camaraderie from this shared experience. For this entire weekend, we were all there for the same reason - nothing else mattered. People were kind, giving, sharing, happy...it felt so good to have 3 days with people who just want to experience life. It felt like we were on a huge family vacation with all these people. So many people across the US were brought together for this event amidst some troubling times and shared something truly special. 

I'm learning to always trust myself now when I say...why not?