Neon Museum by Sarah Robertson

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t love the modern day Las Vegas strip. I feel like there is something so romantic about Old Las Vegas, the lights, the glamour, and the signage. Luckily for me, there is a place that keeps all that nostalgia in a Museum. Although not very large, the “boneyard” is stacked with history. I was too cheap to pay for the guided tour but a nice employee so kindly took the time to explain some of the history behind the signs to me. The great thing about the Neon Museum was how much they really valued their local history. [Shot on Portra 160 taken with a Holga]

Liuhe Night Market by Sarah Robertson

The Liuhe Night Market is the place to go if you want to try some authentic Taiwanese food. It is in downtown Kaohsiung and full tourists. During the day the market looks like any other road in downtown Kaohsiung, but come 6:00pm the barriers go up and it transforms into a market for pedestrians only (and the occasional scooter that decides to drive through).  We tried so many different types of foods. We tried things like sticky rice with peanuts, shrimp omelets made with quail egg, an assortment of amazing dumplings, and stinky tofu (and yes, it really does stink). Experiencing a night market is a true Taiwanese cultural experience you don’t want to miss.  [Taken with a Canon 5D Mark II]

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]