desert-breeze

a photo series I shot & layed out of decks for activerideshop. I looked through my archives and didn’t really have a plan on what I wanted for a photo deck series but I saw that these were ones I liked.

top: one of my first trips to San Francisco shot with my Canon AE-1 Program on Ilford HP5 Plus 400. scanned on my flatbed scanner.

middle: Segway Gang. same SF trip, different camera & film. Olympus Stylus Epic with Portra 400.

bottom: a digital photo shot while driving through Joshua Tree with my Sony RX100

if you’re in Southern California, you can get one at your local Active or here online on activerideshop.com if you like :)

Thanks to my friend & roommate Joey Coleman for the opportunity to have my photos on skateboards for the first time. Would like to do more…

Harper’s goal is not for everyone to eat massaged kale salad, squash-lentil soup, and dairy-free cookies. It is to understand veganism as a way to address institutionalized racism, environmental racism, speciesism, ecological devastation, health disparities, overconsumption, and other manifestations of social injustice. Harper emboldens us to reexamine the relationships and ethics of the most ordinary—and seemingly innocent—things we eat, and to look beyond the binaries of ‘good’ and 'bad’ choices within our complex commodity food system.
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Breeze Harper: “I remember there were times when I didn’t understand that certain things—like dandelions, nettles, and burdock—are not actually weeds. What are the politics of naming something a weed, and how do these social constructions benefit biopharmaceuticals? What does it mean for me to decolonize my mind and realize these are really cheap, accessible holistic herbs that I can use in place of toxic and damaging things that women or young girls are taught to consume when they have menstrual cramps? That I can do chamomile over Advil? Just thinking about these things is what it means to decolonize.

From that point, looking at my own specific geographical, social, financial location, how do I start to make myself healthy in a way that doesn’t support neoliberalism and neocolonialism? Which, of course, is not 100 percent [achievable] because by default, just being here, I do benefit from those systems. I think it’s about mindfulness and awareness: being aware of the extent I should take care of my own needs, but also not exploiting others, the environment, and nonhuman animals. I’m trying to find that balance." 

Full interview here.


Breeze Harper is such an inspiration on so many levels. 

Whether you are vegan or not, if you are interested in any of the aforementioned issues and haven’t heard of Harper’s work, please check out the Sistah Vegan Project