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#Follow #Friday #Five | Volume 2

San Diego Edition While it continues to grow and expand, as far back as I can remember, San Diego has always had a small town feel for being the US’s 8th most populated city. And just as when I was a kid running around Imperial Beach with my camera, it continues to bring inspiration to me. In this volume of Follow Friday Five, I look at five other photographers that find inspiration from San Diego in one form or another. Make sure you follow them, and of course you can follow me @williambahiabay. *All Photos Copyright of the respective artists. Jens […]

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A Day at the Park (Skatepark That Is)

When I was a kid, I did all the things. Skateboarding, surfing, and BMX freestyle. Until surfing totally consumed me, I hung out with my buddy Jerry Broderick and road street style BMX. Southern California back in 1990/91 was pretty much the epicenter of freestyle riding BITD. Ron Wilkerson and Mat Hoffman had just released their respective bike companies increasing the durability levels, which led to the birth of other bike companies like Bully, and Dirt Brothers Inc, and S&M. It was a lot of fun, and I think back to those days. Jerry and I got pretty close to […]

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#Follow #Friday #Five | Volume 1

I feel like I’ve found a new home on Instagram. Amongst all the pictures of people’s meals, and selfies accompanied with sage-like advice from the yoga spiritual-ati, I’ve found artists, social photo-journalists, photographers still dedicated to film… and lots of photos of pretty motorcycles (c’mon… I gotta get my Cafe Racer porn fix in daily). It took me awhile to start finding worthy people to follow, but I found a rhythm going through hashtags that I post my work to, and using the Search section in the app and scrolling through the suggestions. I’ve discovered some nice gems that don’t […]

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Punta Baja – Echoes of the Indelible Sea

In 2012, while on a surf trip in Baja, at Scorpion Bay I pulled out my camera and was photographing some of the fishermen as they brought in their catch for the day. I was captivated as they cleaned and gutted the fish, and the chaos that ensued around them. Dogs, pelicans, seagulls, etc. And on my way home, I stopped off at a little fishing settlement called Punta Baja to sleep for the night, and in the morning, while the fishermen lit fires before heading out on the water for the day, I photographed the point. When I developed the […]

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What Happens When You Miss the Cave at Ulu Watu?

I was fucked. The sun was gone, and the current kept dragging me around the large rocks next to the cliff. I don’t panic easily, but I knew I wasn’t in a good spot and I had to do something or I would be coming back to the United States in a bodybag. That’s if they even found my body floating somewhere out in the Indian Ocean. An hour before, I lumbered down Ulu Watu’s famed staircase, one of Bali’s most sacred spots. My target was the world class surf spot with the same name, at the bottom of the stairs. This day, […]

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In Memorium of David Foltz

It was a precocious little 4 year old girl that introduced me to David Foltz. Sandora (it’s French, pronounced Shandorah), would wander into MPA Architecture, the architecture office I worked for at the time, and sit down next to me and start drawing, coloring and humming an imaginary tune, while I worked on the latest building I was assigned to. The scene was a Live/Work Loft building on 12th & J Street downtown, and because Sandora didn’t have a yard or friends, the people that worked in the building were her friends. The 4 year old was confident, and would visit my […]

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Why I Wrote the Snow Frogs Movie

  Let’s start with, “What the f**k is a Snow Frog?” Well, they don’t really exist. Snow Frogs was an idea I came up with one day while driving up the mountains into Ruidoso, New Mexico. I had just decided to leave my then wife, and felt that a trip out to see my mom in San Diego was in order. It was Christmas time, and hearts were broken. Not only were Heather and I not destined to be with each other, but our 9 year old dog, Moen, had gone through a year of treatments to figure what exactly was […]

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A New Chapter

2015 has been an interesting year. Journeys of the world and journeys of the heart. In the end, my passport wasn’t the only thing getting stamped (crushed is more apt a word). Yes, I fell in love, and had my heart broken. It wasn’t the first time. Likely not the last, but it hurt. It hurts every time, intensely. I’m reading currently Tom Petty’s biography. The Heartbreaker’s band leader himself described “heartbreak” as a paralyzing, physical, radiating of pain. I have to agree. It could be Karma. I believe it’s a thing, I stole a kid’s bike when I was younger. And since, […]

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The Banman Clan

What are Sundays like for Jeff, Morgan, and Jeff’s girls Kate & Alex? Well, I got to find out recently. We planned one of my Family Photojournalism photography session to get a slice of life and document their life together. It started at Jeff and Morgan’s beautiful little home in Linda Vista with Morgan getting ready to go out, and Jeff hanging out with the girls. Getting bored of waiting for Morgan, they decided to go play in the trees in the front yard. And Alex grabbed one of my cameras and became a photographer too. Once Morgan was done, […]

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WPPI – Annual Vegas Shoot 2013

I just got back from my third year in a row at WPPI, (the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International). Each year a bunch of  photographers get together and congregate in Sin City to attempt to learn things. Mostly what happens is it turns into partying and a little bit of photography happens, and if we can squeeze in a little time, we might take a class or two. This year, despite bringing a full camera bag, and about a pound of film, I ended up not shooting one single frame while I was there. I had some work to do for […]

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