Seven Magic Mountains by Sarah Robertson

Seven Magic Mountains is a little unexpected. I was flipping through Instagram one evening when I came across a picture of some unique Hoodoo like structures that were painted crazy colors. I then proceeded to forget about it. When I found out I was going to Vegas, I thought that I should see what this was all about and experience the art for myself. The Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone created Seven Magic Mountains.  On the website the work is described as “A creative expression of human presence in the desert.” While I was there I was really struck by the idea of human beings and our interaction with the land. I think this type of land art really forces us to look at our own personal relationship with the land we encounter and what kind of impact we are having on it. [Shot on Portra 160 taken with a Holga]

Haight and Ashbury by Sarah Robertson

Haight and Ashbury is the place where it all began, the birthplace of the hippies. Through the years the area has transformed and grown but there are plenty of vibes left of the 60’s. I spent my last morning in San Francisco at Haight and Ashbury. It was a sunny morning and I got to the area bright and early. It was quiet and most of the shops were still closed. But honestly, it was kind of nice to walk to main drag and just take it all in. The neighborhood is now home to some great little restaurants, a handful of second hand clothing shops, and a wondrous amount of great street art. Although the neighborhood isn’t the hippie home base it once was it still welcomes the free spirits and encourages the creative in all of us. [Shot on Ektar 100 taken with Holga]

Muir Woods by Sarah Robertson

Muir Woods is such a serene place to visit. This wild refuge, filled with Redwood trees and a calm little creek, lies just outside the city of San Francisco. On a beautiful warm day in March I took off early in the morning to go visit this National Monument. I was traveling solo that day and greatly appreciated the solitude that one could experience while in the park. That day I had only myself, my film, and the great Uncle’s old Hasselblad. Turns out those were the best tools for reflecting on the grandeur that is Muir Woods.  [Shot on Portra 400 taken with a Hasselblad 500c]

Bryce Canyon by Sarah Robertson

Bryce Canyon National Park is such a unique place.  When I first drove into the park I was waiting for the "ah ha" breathtaking moment, yet all I saw was this little winding road and a bunch of pine trees. It wasn’t until I broke through those pine trees that I saw my first glimpse of the magical Bryce Canyon National Park. I saw the incredible view with various shades of red and orange and amazing rock formations call Hoodoos. Hoodoos are part of what makes Bryce Canyon so distinct.  Hoodoos form through years and years of erosion and frequent periods of thawing and freezing. When the water freezes and expands it weakens the rock and these rock formations slowly come to be. That is what makes Bryce so interesting; the Park is constantly changing due to erosion. [Shot on Portra 400 taken with a Mamiya 645]

Balcon De Europa by Sarah Robertson

Balcon De Europa or the Balcony of Europe provides one of the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. Formerly a fortress, the point is now one of the most popular things to see in Nerja, Spain. Even though the spot was teeming with tourists there was plenty of open air to take in the scenery. The view was enticing and the vibes were tranquil, it wasn't hard to take a big breath of fresh air and just take it all in. While photographing I was drawn to the clean white lines of the architecture with their bright blue accents. They complemented the bright blue color of the Mediterranean sea. [Shot on Portra 400 taken with a Mamiya 645]

Amsterdam by Sarah Robertson

We had two layovers in Amsterdam. Our first stop (on our way to Spain) we had enough time for breakfast and a bit of wandering. On the way back, our allotted time allowed us to grab dinner and crash for the night. Although neither trips were a substantial amount of time, we still got a bit of a feel for the city. Most of these shots were taken on our first stop in Amsterdam. We rode the train in from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to the Centraal Station. I knew that the Centraal Station was in the heart of the city but walking into it was just so lovely. The morning light was beautiful. We arrived fairly early in the morning so it was nice to have a quiet experience with the city before the normal hustle and bustle really began.  [Shot on Portra 400 taken with a Mamiya 645]

Ibex by Sarah Robertson

Ibex is easily described as desolate. I should have known this much after reading that it was located in Utah's West Desert but after visiting I can attest that this place is pretty "off the beaten path". The location feels untouched due to its remoteness. The place itself is a series of rock formations and boulders that line an old dry lake bed. The sun always seems to be beating down and the wind is constantly blowing. Yet, it makes for some great outdoor climbing. This trip was a personal triumph for me because I successfully completed my first 5.7 and 5.9 outdoor climbs. Photographing with a bunch of climbers is always fun. There is always this collective sense of exploration and easy going-ness that soothes my soul. This trip to Ibex was only a day gig but I hope I'll be able to spend more time out there in the future.  [Shot on Tmax 400 (pulled two stops) taken with a Mamiya 645]

The Great Salt Lake by Sarah Robertson

It was a late afternoon last June when I went exploring to the Great Salt Lake Marina. Having lived in Utah for four years I thought it was time I visited the lake that gave SLC its name.  I was there just an hour or two before sunset and the light turned this landscape into something magnificent. While visiting I learned that the lake itself has quite the interesting history. It, like the Salt Flats, are remnants from the Ancient Lake Bonneville. Lake Bonneville, at one point covered a decent portion of Utah. The lake in its current condition is not very deep, only about 35 feet. Due to run off and different weather systems the size of the lake varies from year to year. It really is a unique place to see. [Shot on Portra 160 taken with a Mamiya 645]