January, 2021Detention Centerby Mel Lindstrom

Located about 6 miles south of Marysville, Ca, the Arboga Assembly Center Memorial was a WWll Japanese detention campsite. The original center opened on May 8, 1942, holding 2,465 Americans of Japanese descend before its closing on June 29. The inmates then were transferred to the more permanent and isolated interment camp at Tule Lake. Many Japanese-Americans never recovered their belongings or reconnected with their families. And most lost their livelihood and had to start over. I like to look at the bright side of things, and hope we have learned form history. Unfortunately, I see many similarities in what is happening in the world today, as people become socially prosecuted, shunned and canceled, simply because of their race, religion or even political beliefs.
I set out to share these shots with the hope of capturing the moving effect it has had on me. The video was entirely shot with a drone, and I believe that the imperfect movements helped to reflect the emotional impact of the site. I chose to give the photographs an aged and tactile feel, emphasizing their historical significance. I plan to capture a fuller rendition of this experience once the memorial is completed later in 2021.

The site was very moving to me. So I tried to delve into what I experienced and express the same emotions in the video and shots that I felt when viewing the site and recalling it’s history. The video was entirely shot with a drone.  All of te images were worked to try and give them a more aged, tactile feel.

 

For more information on the site. check this link: http://www.militarymuseum.org/MarysvilleAssyCtr.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January, 2021St Joseph’s Church, Marysvilleby Mel Lindstrom

I shot these images in late November, in Marysville CA. Marysville is a small town, north of Sacramento, that I have fallen in love with. It was almost chosen as the state capitol. And was once a destination for politicians and B&W film stars. The people are down to earth and friendly, and the hamlet is surrounded by two rivers and farmlands.  It’s America at its best. IMHO

St Joseph’s Church was built 165 years ago, making it one of the oldest churches, (not including missions), in California. Renovations were completed in early November, including an all new steeple.  Because the final project is so beautiful, and as a donation to the town and church, I shot images at various angles, various times of day, and using various techniques.

As I understand it, the shots have been the most shared images on the Marysville Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is an image of the original church.

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November, 2020Birds In Flightby Mel Lindstrom

I am really having a lot of fun playing with my new Mavic Mini drone these days. It’s so small and compact, hence easy to carry with me on any trip.  It is true that the quality doesn’t match the Mavic Pro 2, but these shots are just for fun, to show the beauty of the world from different angles than a camera on the ground.  Like flying around flocks of birds.  This was shot in a rice field in northern California.

 

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October, 2020Delta Bridgesby Mel Lindstrom

I plan to shoot more bridge shots because there are several around the SF Delta that are interesting. If you know of any, please let me know. It’s just a fun thing for me to do and train my drone skills. I wake up before sunrise, find a spot in the cold, get pooped on by seagulls, or splashed on by fish, or honked at and nearly run over by semi’s. And let’s not forget getting kicked out by the occasional ranger or local PD.  Fun stuff.  But seriously, let me know of any cool bridges.

 

 

 

 

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October, 2020Carmelby Mel Lindstrom

It’s nice to just get away. Lucky for me, beautiful Carmel is less than a two hour drive away. And even though the recent fires still fill the skies with smoke, the sunset and ocean waves always makes for a soothing and picturesque escape. Only one of the stills was shots with the Nikon. The others were from the iphone. Can you tell which one is which?

 

 

 

I saw this couple relaxing and couldn’t resists capturing the image.

 

Actually, the couple above shot this photo of me without me being aware. Kind of funny that we both shot each other. I made friends, and we traded images.

 

Basic drone shots of the Basilica was also something I could not resist.

 

This video was shot on an iphone. Believe it or not. Nothing special, just relaxing. But amazing quality from a phone.

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October, 2020The SCU Lightning Complex Fireby Mel Lindstrom

This video shows just how devastating the recent California fires have been. It was shoot more than a month ago, about August 28th. With the help of a few friends, I was able to view the destructive force of mother nature.  It’s truly saddening for someone who enjoys the outdoors as much as I do.

The SCU Lightning Complex fire is not even the largest that has taken place in California this year.  2020 is the worse year in history for wild fires in the state. By far.

 

 

 

 


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September, 2020Skip the Peopleby Mel Lindstrom

I enjoy shooting people. But sometimes, when I am on location, I find other objects so interesting that I feel compelled to shoot them. Maybe I can used them as a background or something interesting as part of a future creation. For me, if I see something cool looking, I just want to shoot it. Even without the person that is supposed to be in the shot. These images were from a 2 day location video shoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September, 2020Saturday in Pacific Grove Caby Mel Lindstrom

Quick iphone shots from our day in Pacific Grove.  The smoke from all the fires was still in the air, mixed with fog and clouds. Made for a cool, but a beautiful day.

 

 

 

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September, 2020Fremont Estuary via iphoneby Mel Lindstrom

The quality of shots that can be captured by using the iphone never ceases to amaze me.  These images were shot this morning on a hike at the Fremont estuary.  I did enhance them via photoshop, but still, pretty impressive.

 

 

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August, 2020Graduation trip to Denverby Mel Lindstrom

When you are the parent of an autistic child, you get used to some unusual requests. While most parents of teens who are graduating High School will hear desires for Disneyland trips, or even cars.  Matthew wanted to ride elevators and the tram in Denver. That’s right, DENVER.

So that’s what we did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August, 2020Yuba / Sutter Landscapesby Mel Lindstrom

I have been visiting a small town called Marysville for about a year and a half. It’s a wonderful area with good ol’ down to earth people. The weather was a bit warm this trip, but it sure made from great sunsets.

 

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August, 2020Arastadero Hillsby Mel Lindstrom

Another beautiful morning walk, close to home.  Shot with an iphone.

 

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August, 2020Video From the Lighthouse Tripby Mel Lindstrom

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August, 2020Early Morning Tranquility at Pigeon Point Lighthouseby Mel Lindstrom

Took the kids to Pigeon Point Lighthouse this morning. Before the tourist arrive. Beautiful area.

 

 

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August, 2020A Little Walk in the Hillsby Mel Lindstrom

So lucky to live in an area with beautiful hill to walk in. Especially since our lives are limited as to where we can go because of the virus.

 

 

 

 

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August, 2020Shoreline Golf Course, via iphoneby Mel Lindstrom

Went for a bike ride to Shoreline Park this morning. Passing the gold course, I had to snap this shot of the lake.

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August, 2020Autism Has it’s Own Pathby Mel Lindstrom

Matthew gets into his own world. Sometimes I get a glimpse of it.

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September, 2019FotoShoot Magazineby Mel Lindstrom

It’s been a while since a publication has produced a feature article on my work. So when  FotoShoot Magazine contacted me about a photo spread on some dance shots, I was enthusiastic to partner with them.  Monica Walker, an earnest and passionate writer, not only become tantalized after the initial interview, she ended up dishing out a TRIFECTA:
1. A spread on my architectural dance shots.
2. separate spread on a dancer I work with – using my images.
3. Even quotes from some of my poetry used in spots about the magazine.

 


The online magazine can be view here:  FotoShootMagazine
Or view the spread here: Spreads

 

 

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July, 2017Surfs UPby Mel Lindstrom

 

 

Long time client and marketing guru Adrienne Parker has been an abundant supplier of fun advertising projects. Quite a few of the pieces I have shot for her have ended up in my portfolio, and this series is no exception.  What made this assignment so special was witnessing the sunrise at the Santa Cruz coastline.

Of course, to make a sunrise shoot happen you need to get there BEFORE the sun comes up for all the prep work. And considering it’s a one hour drive and the sun comes up early this time of year, and it takes an hour to load the van, it does mean that the alarm goes off at 3:30 in the morning. That’s the part of location shoots that are not so glamorous.

Lauren Smith is a another long time collaborator. He was the on set art director on this shoot.  We have become friends over the years so now working together on a shoot is more like getting together with a good buddy than just working on a job.

Once we captured some great shots with long shadows, it was time to move onto some other beach shots. Our brave subject, Joe Buckalew, had both the patience and willingness to wade into the cold morning surf, only to find himself rolling in the sand a short while later.  What a trouper!

We experimented on this shoot with the use of a drone. Our trusted drone operator, Robert Menkemeller, was quite adept at getting the angles we wanted for some unique shots.

 

Since a decades long compadre of mine is a Santa Cruz surf fixture, I asked him to join us on the shoot to offer his expertise on the best surf, times, beaches and the like. You can see Dane Hansen (in the blue and black wet suit), offering his expert advice to Joe and me.

And doesn’t Trent Ringen, (my handy assistant) make a great location reflector stand? Thanks Trent!

I have to admit, there are times when the art directors can start to get a little demanding. When that happens you just have to let them know it is time to back off and let me do my job.  OK, that’s not what was really happening here, but it sure does look that way. Lauren is a great guy and we always work well together.

And than of course there are the moments between the shots when you get a chance to relax and play with the locals. Really one of the best parts of this type of shoot.

 

Special shout out and warm thanks to long time friend and Aptos resident, John Scanlon.

John showed up to the shoot and took most of the wonderful set shots. Great to have you with us, John. Next time try to find a way to put yourself in a shot or two.

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  1. Alice McKown

    Wow, Mel, I am happy to see that you are continuing to do the absolutely awesome work that you always have done. Fun to read this interesting recounting of your shoot, too. You are are a great writer!

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  2. Elena L

    The work communicates connection, love, and spiritual unity, Mel! Such a great story, shot, and your presence. You’re really blessed to do what you love and bring your love into the world this way. Thumbs up!

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  3. Kirk Fetzer

    Reminds me of the work you’ve done for my magazine over the years Mel. You’re unmatched in getting a group of CEOs in suits to look natural and interesting in a one minute shot on a trade show floor. Keep it up!

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March, 2017Elevator updateby Mel Lindstrom

It has been a while since I put in an update on some of the elevators we have visited over the last year.  From Las Vegas and Hover Dam to local grocery stores.  When ever we travel somewhere, Matthew needs to ride and video the elevators. As a family, (Matthew Adi and I), have gotten to the point where we all enjoy the little side trips. It’s interesting how autism can lead you down strange roads that can actually draw you closer together as a family. So even though these little ventures are not commercial projects, they are a big part of my life that I like to share.

2017Blog_3_1The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas

2017Blog_3_2Safeway, Mountain View

2017Blog_3_3  Talking Stick Resort, Az.

2017Blog_3_5Hover Dam

2017Blog_3_6Shopping Mall, Chandler AZ.

2017Blog_3_7Hoover Dam.

Blog2017_3_11Talking Stocks Resort, AZ.

Blog2017_3_10Shopping Mall, Phoenix AZ.

 

Here is a very large series of elevators from many of our adventures: ELEVATORS

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