So, How Was Your Day?
Iced coffee. Moose scramble. Seared scallops. Cheesy bear meatballs.
Steak. Chicken. Sushi.
Woke up around 8am. Did my morning ritual of reading news on my Ipad. Showered. Got dressed. Packed up my hotel room (I am currently in Anchorage, Alaska, photographing and making a video on the local music scene for Spin). Met the writer, Jeff Weiss, that I am working with on the article. We check out of the hotel and head over to The Sweeteners practice space. They are one of the best local bands in Anchorage. We are especially stoked because the drummer’s girlfriend told us she would make us moose and bear. Both of which I have never had. She made a moose scramble and cheesy bear meatballs. SO GOOD. After breakfast, I filmed an interview with them, and they also performed two songs for us.
When we got done with The Sweeteners, Jeff and I set out to see the nature side of Alaska. We headed south towards the Portage Glacier. Along the way we stopped at a big game reserve. Saw some baby moose, elk, bison, a lynx, and a bald eagle. It was really awesome. At one point this elk got pissed that I was taking photos of it and tried to charge me, but I told him he shouldn’t be so aggro. After that he was pretty chill. I got his email and told him I would mail him the photos when I got home. We continued on to the glacier, which consisted of 20 more minutes of driving and a 20 minute walk through the snow. But it was well worth it. Glaciers are really rad. If you get the chance, go see one.
Earlier in the trip, Jeff and I saw a Benihana restaurant near our hotel, and we said that would be our final meal of the trip. So, after the glacier that is exactly where we headed. The performance and meal were awesome. Of course. And then from there we headed to Jeff’s friend’s house. He told us we could hang there until we had to head the airport for our 1:35am flight. We boarded the plane, and I was stoked to find out that I had middle seat for this 6 hour flight to Phoenix. We had a 2 hour layover. Got breakfast burritos. Boarded our next flight and then finally back in LA at 12pm the next day.
Three Last Things…
1. What’s up with the prison photo?
Hahah! I hate being in front of the camera because I never know how to pose. So it usually ends up looking like a mug shot.
2. You’ve only been out of school a few years and your career is already going nuts. What are your hustling tips for up and comers?
When I first moved to LA, I met RJ Shaughnessy (a really great photographer and a cool dude). He told me this: “Sit in your living room and figure out a way to make the best cup of coffee that anyone has ever tasted. Once you figure that out, people will come to you for that cup of coffee.” I really took that and ran with it. Also, don’t be a jerk. Just work hard and be nice.
3. In four words describe what those cheesy bear meatballs tasted like (without using the words cheese, meat or bear). And would you eat them again?
Instead of describing what they tasted like, I’m going to describe what I felt like eating them. I felt like a “man in the wilderness.” I’m almost certain I grew a few more hairs on my chest after eating them. And yes I would have them again in a second.
Nathaniel lives in Los Angeles. He is a photographer whose client list includes French Elle, Spin Magazine, and Bloomberg Businessweek. nathanielwood.com