Over this last summer, I was able to travel a lot. I drove around the West Coast and visited some places that were beyond this world. The Salton Sea was one of these places. It was an alternate universe and 110 degrees. I drove in at noon, like an idiot, and was barely able to stay out of the car for more than 5 minutes. The putrid smell of the "sea" was only amplified by the heat. Here are a few photographs that I still managed to snap during that quick drive through the area.
A few weeks back, I went with Gregg Belisle-Chi to pick up his new Anderson Amplifier. Jack Anderson makes custom tube amps from his home in Gig Harbor, Washington. Each amplifier is made to the specifications of the musician. He builds about one amplifier a month and only one at a time.
After trying the amp for the first time Jack offered to change out the speaker to a Jenson which is a few pounds lighter. The new speaker had a more focused sound and was more "true to the guitar".
Most of the work done on Gregg's amp was done in Anderson's living room. He then brought us out to his shop. Because he had just finished Gregg's amp, he had no amplifiers in production at the time.
"Jack's amp just sings. Such clarity and warmth; I'm so happy with my Anderson. The joy and love Jack puts into his work is unsurpassed by any other amp builder." - Gregg Belisle-Chi
The architecture in this city makes is very easy to shoot. I walked around the goverment center a lot yesterday, right on the border of what used to be East and West Berlin. After 1933 The Reichstag was badly damaged in a fire and was basically un-usable. Instead, during WWII it was used as a center for propoganda and as a back drop for many of Hitlers famous speeches to the masses. Even though it was basically a useless building during the war, it was one of the central targets of the Soviets during their invasion of Berlin in 1945 because of its symbolic significance.
Around the square new modern buildings have been built. All government buildings, but the architecture was quite beautiful and inspiring.
Like all cities. There has to be a ferris wheel somewhere... This is inside of another winter market, near Alexanderplatz, near the center of East Berlin.