SAN DIEGO: POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE

“Send me things in the mail. Wherever you go, I don’t care where you go, just send me something in the mail from where you are.” —Wallace Berman, as quoted in Wallace Berman: Support the Revolution by Tosh Berman et al

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MAR/MAY13. Arrivals in San Diego.

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FRIENDS OF SAIGON

Christmas Party 2008
Christmas Party 2008

Geoff, Martin, Tom, and Janet. DEC08. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Christmas Party 2008 pt.2
Christmas Party 2008 pt.2

Janet, Tom. DEC08. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Christmas Party 2008 pt.3
Christmas Party 2008 pt.3

Eric (James Bond), and Jessy (in drag). DEC08. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Christmas Party After-Party
Christmas Party After-Party

Liem in red. DEC08. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

BnB on a Wednesday, I'm sure
BnB on a Wednesday, I’m sure

Sam.09. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

BnB on a Wednesday, I'm sure pt.2
BnB on a Wednesday, I’m sure pt.2

It was “wings” night, but I think it was really “beer” night. Sam. 09. Ho Chi Minh CIty, Vietnam.

A Freak at Le Jardin
A Freak at Le Jardin

A Friday night dinner at Le Jardin with the freakiest of them all. Sam. 09. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Swingin' Kiets
Swingin’ Kiets

A tiny Zambian in her element. 09. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

LAOS

JO JUL07
JO JUL07

An unforgettable trip to Laos with a friend, the kind of trip that makes you feel like you couldn’t return with anyone else. It was an emotionally resonant experience; someone entering your life too late and leaving it too early. It is my favorite picture I’ve ever taken of a friend. I call this the iconic photo. To me at the time, she was half-in, half-out of my life and the picture represents that.

SAIGON GOODBYES, 7

SAIGON GOODBYES, 7

A friend leaving Saigon in 2010. Here he is caught being pensive at his goodbye party. He’s probably thinking what we all think once we make that final decision to go: “What the hell am I doing?! Am I sure I want to leave? Am I going to be happy where I’m going?” And I never noticed this shot until tonight, about two years later, as I’m going through my photos. Makes me wish I would’ve noticed that night and asked him if he was alright. Saigon. 2010. (Canon 550D, Canon EFS Lens 18-135mm)