My First Photographs Home

Shot on 35mm Film, Scanned Digitally


My family never had the opportunity to visit Gonzaga and I really wanted them to get to know the city that I would be living in. These are the very first photos I took my freshman year to show my relatives the beauty of Gonzaga University and it's surrounding community.

Included are the inscriptions I wrote behind the photographs. 

I'm going to show you around the city I am going to call home in a series of 12 photographs. Spokane is quite a lovely city. It has a population of about 210,721 and is the second largest city in the state of Washington. It has quite an interesting culture that I can't yet put a finger on. [1/12]

I'm going to show you around the city I am going to call home in a series of 12 photographs. Spokane is quite a lovely city. It has a population of about 210,721 and is the second largest city in the state of Washington. It has quite an interesting culture that I can't yet put a finger on. [1/12]

This is the Spokane River. It runs east and west through the city and is only a short walk from the university. I think it's going to be my relaxation spot. [2/12]

This is the Spokane River. It runs east and west through the city and is only a short walk from the university. I think it's going to be my relaxation spot. [2/12]

The clock tower, built in 1902, adds a nice touch to downtown. [3/12]

The clock tower, built in 1902, adds a nice touch to downtown. [3/12]

The city has an antique brick architecture. It reminds me of a city in the 1900's. [4/12]

The city has an antique brick architecture. It reminds me of a city in the 1900's. [4/12]

This is College Hall. It was built in 1898 and it is the university's oldest hall.  It is home to several administrative offices as well as classrooms.  There is nothing worse than having a class on the fourth floor. [5/12]

This is College Hall. It was built in 1898 and it is the university's oldest hall.  It is home to several administrative offices as well as classrooms.  There is nothing worse than having a class on the fourth floor. [5/12]

The campus has a lot of green space. It is really nice to hangout here on a warm day. [6/12]

The campus has a lot of green space. It is really nice to hangout here on a warm day. [6/12]

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The Grotto [8/12]

The Grotto [8/12]

This is Welch. It is the all girls residence hall. I really love the architecture. Looks just like Jesuit High school did back home. [9/12]

This is Welch. It is the all girls residence hall. I really love the architecture. Looks just like Jesuit High school did back home. [9/12]

This is the Paccar Herak Quad. (Paccar on the left, Herak on the right) This is essentially where I will be living because I am an engineer. [10/12]

This is the Paccar Herak Quad. (Paccar on the left, Herak on the right) This is essentially where I will be living because I am an engineer. [10/12]

The soccer pitch has a great view of campus and is only a 5 minute walk from Coughlin. I already know I'll be sitting out here doing homework and watching the game.  [11/12]

The soccer pitch has a great view of campus and is only a 5 minute walk from Coughlin. I already know I'll be sitting out here doing homework and watching the game.  [11/12]

This is it. This is the place I call home. This is my room that I share with my roommate Tony. I'm sure you can guess which side is mine. I'm sad that you couldn't come see the university for yourself, but I hope these photographs help to capture the beauty of the city I'll be living in. [12/12]

This is it. This is the place I call home. This is my room that I share with my roommate Tony. I'm sure you can guess which side is mine. I'm sad that you couldn't come see the university for yourself, but I hope these photographs help to capture the beauty of the city I'll be living in. [12/12]

A Journey Through the City

San Francisco

is a city full of touristy activities, but the real treasures aren't discovered until you live as a local. Next time you make your way out to San Francisco, be sure to make a stop at these fine places. 

 

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Mr. Holmes is well known by the locals for their incredible pastries, specifically their cruffins. They open at 7 am and close as soon as they sell out. If you get a chance, get there by 8am and wait for the muffins made from croissant batter. The cruffins sell out by 9 however if you can't make it by then, you can't go wrong with anything else.

 

Fort Point

Fort Point, built in 1794, served as a military base to protect from British and Russian invasion. It has since been transformed and is now a bit on the touristy side. Fort Point is notorious for strong gusts of wind, but still makes for a great portrait session. Be sure to explore the Presidio and Crissy Field, as there are plenty of hiking opportunities.

 

Amoeba Music

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Amoeba Music is located right in the heart of the Haight. Its is the epitome of a classic record store and allows you to step back into an era of appreciation for the older ways of personal music enjoyment. If you play your cards right, you may even be able to catch a free concert like this performance of San Cisco. Be sure to explore the remainder of the Haight district to discover its unique oddities.

 

Sightglass Coffee

Sightglass Coffee is an iconic coffee house for the denizens of the Mission district. While it may not be well known in other parts of the city, the location serves as a great place to hang out and enjoy all styles of coffee. Be sure to try some exotic flavors of the Salt and Straw ice cream imported from Portland.

 

Don't Be Afraid To Explore

Every trip I take to San Francisco I continue to be amazed by the fact that there is always something new to discover. Regardless of the amount of times you go, there will always be extraordinary views and eateries that you have yet to find. Just this trip, I found out that the parking garage that I frequent in Chinatown has a killer view of the city. Don't be afraid to be spontaneous and venture to new parts of the City. If lose your way, remember that you aren't lost; you are just finding a new way to get there.