I’ve been working in camera shops since before I could see over the counter. (My dad would keep a stepstool back by the register for me!) I grew up on the East Coast, in upstate NY, and went to the Rochester Institute of Technology for a BFA in advertising photography. After shooting for a bit, I put down the camera for a while and spent a few years in the equally crazy world of fine art, working at galleries in Colorado and California. Now I’ve found the closest thing to home I could out here on the West Coast, and am having a blast here at Looking Glass! You can see some of my photos at: www.marcaisphotography.com
I was born in Ohio in the late 70’s. My self-employed artist parents named me Tamara and put a camera in my hands at the tender age of three. I have traveled up and down the east coast most of my life. My parents rested me in St. Augustine, FL and I went to college in Sarasota, FL at Ringling College of Art & Design and got a BFA as a Photo Major in 1999. After meeting my future husband my senior year of college, we moved to Indiana for a few years. Then back to Florida in to get married in 2007. A few years later in 2010 we move to Alameda, Ca my husbands old stumping grounds. I’ve been printing for over 20 years personally and professional. I love photography and have been on both sides of the camera, my biggest love is sharing what I have learned over the years.
My love affair with the darkroom began when I was 8 years old. I built my first pinhole camera and even made photograms at summer art camp. Later in life, I earned a degree in photography and pursued making art. This passion has evolved into more of a business take on photography, when I purchased Looking Glass back in 2008. Funny thing is, even with an unparalled availability of whatever gear I can dream of, my picture taking prowess has evolved into a new love affair with whatever camera happens to be available and my dogs, North and Karu. I’m that girl who is obsessed with taking pictures of her dogs. Other than taking pictures of my dogs and dreaming of one day making some photographic fine art again I pretty much work all the time doing whatever is necessary to make Looking Glass the best possible version of itself that it can be. And yes, it is true that on more than one occasion I have caught myself wishing for a clone or a superpower, because that would be both awesome and really handy.
My name is Yusuf Rafiqzada. I was born in San Francisco and raised in Alameda California. I have a twin brother. Yes he looks like me. I enjoy shooting film and portraits because it allows me to connect with others. There has been two life changing moments for me. First is when I got my first camera which was a Nikon N70 I purchased for 20 bucks off Craigslist. Second is when I got a job at Looking Glass Photo. When I’m not indulging in my life passion of photography, I am…
-Staying out of trouble
-Flipping through magazines in bookstores
-Eating at restaurants recommended by Anthony Bourdain
-Taking long walks through downtown at night.
I love helping people with their photography concerns so don’t be shy to say hi!
Hey there! I’m Christian and I’m new to the crew and am excited to be part of the LG community. I have formal training in design and illustration and have always been a photographer in one way or another. In my design work I would use photography to generate reference for my art but a bit later on life I began to see taking photographs as the actual way to create my visual content. I love being in the field and shooting it’s basically my jam! I produce my own shoots for stock and work with a number of agencies. I also have a small wedding/portraiture boutique I run with a friend and colleague. I have a constant desire to create images and look forward to being of service here at Looking Glass.
OP (pronounced Awp)
I didn’t have much as a child growing up in a slum in Bangkok, Thailand. I have no photos to recollect my childhood memories like most people I’ve met in the states. I got into photography in high school because I wanted to document my life and the world we live in; the world I personally see. I want to be able to look back in time with photographs when I’m on an old rocking chair, and have a laugh at my life. Memories are fascinating, and it helps to bring back certain memories that would otherwise be lost without photographs.
I’ve been at Looking Glass for over a decade. We are a family here at LG. We will always try our best to support and inspire the very people who also support us in our love of photography and the arts. A strong foundation based on passion and inspiration can bring about great adventures in our personal lives and the very community we live in. Enjoy your photographic life as we all are! Check out his art work on his web site: www.opinoir.com
What I love most about photography are the little moments that happen in-between the shots. For instance, when I was shooting my black and white collection titled “Masks” – my cat crashed face first into the curtain behind me. Enveloped in fabric, she looked up at me with big eyes and a calm “I meant to do that” smile. That led to a beautiful photo right there. Somehow, it’s these fun unexpected moments that stick with me.
Playing with cameras is not the only thing I do. Since I was a kid, I made my own mini movies and dramas. I’d have my Aladdin action figure attempt to save LEGO City while facing off against an evil pink Furby named Ferdinand. It’s no surprise that one day, I’d stare at a blank canvas in Adobe Flash, take a deep breath, and say “Ok, let’s animate something!” So dear Looking Glass Visitor, if you come by and visit us, I hope you too have a “let’s do this” kind of moment. ‘Cause frankly, those have proven to me, to be the very best kind.
Animation Channel: youtube.com/poetessmlp
Tech and Gadget reviews: http://bit.ly/mitravideos
I’ve had a passion for photography ever since a proper camera was put into my hands at age 15. I studied photography in high school and undergrad – first at the University of San Diego, then at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. I ultimately got my BA in English, then came back out west to pursue my MFA in Creative Writing from CCA. After a brief stint walking dogs and directing music videos, I joined the team here at Looking Glass. I’m glad to be in a place where I can help people pursue their own photographic passions/professions. Plus, if you need someone to help punch up your writing to make it sound more goober and also more better – I can do that too . . . maybe.
David lives in Berkeley California and received a BA in Photography at San Francisco State University in 2013. He has been an active photographer since 2002, working first with 35mm film, then branching out into digital photography. He taught digital camera workshops at Sarbers Cameras for ten years, including a DSLR workshop that emphasized experimentation and control.
David’s work is highly influenced by photographers such as Wynn Bullock, Vivian Meier and Sebastiao Salgado. In his own words, when it comes to photography, “Perception is everything.”
As a child I dreamt of being an artist and living all over the world. I wanted to experience different cultures, and gain new insights. So when I moved to San Francisco 17 years ago I thought “I made it!” Little did I know I would also live in Honolulu, Oakland, and Berkeley!
Over all this time I have gained a new understanding for art. Art is whatever you want it to be. Now I did not become a painter or a sculptor, the types of artist’s I read about in history books. I found that tactile art is more my style. Taking old items and breathing new life into them. The real lesson is art is for everybody, there are no limitations. We all see the world differently, and I want to know how you see it!
I thrive on interpersonal connections and learning what makes things tick. These facts are what have guided me in my career and personal life.
My career life has been spent in creative marketing, branding and social media for huge corporations including Mattel and Lucasfilm. When the opportunity arrived to join Jen and the Looking Glass team, it was perfect timing. Lucasfilm was being absorbed by Disney (as was I), and I decided something smaller, more personal, yet equally creative was just what the doctor ordered. And what a great decision this has turned out to be.
Star Wars is known for its passionate and very committed fan base. In fact, Star Wars has been the subject of numerous “fandom” studies in an effort to understand the phenomenon. Well, I quickly learned that these same studies could be applied to the Looking Glass community. The commitment, friendship and passion in Looking Glass customers is amazing, and I am truly honored to contribute and be a part of this local phenomenon. Cheers!
Photography has been an interest since I received my first camera for my 14th birthday. Two cameras and several grade levels later, I started the El Cerrito High School Photography Club, born from my desire to get young photographers recognized in the competitive world of the arts. At this time, I also became the Editor-In-Chief of the ECHS Yearbook, writing copy and taking photos around school and at sporting events. Through my high school extracurricular activities, I found the courage to display my photos.
I was afforded an internship at Looking Glass Photo and couldn’t resist. The ability to work in a well-known store with other people who were just as interested in cameras as I was seemed far-fetched for someone my age. Now, through Looking Glass, I’ve created a photography club for all students in the SF Bay Area, the Bay Area Youth Photographers.
Living in the Bay Area my whole life, attention to social issues is a huge concern of mine. Through writing and photography, I hope to provide perspective on world-wide social and political issues that don’t always receive the voice they deserve. I’m a senior in high school this year, and I hope to be attending Boston University and studying photojournalism in Fall 2017 to begin this process. marinstuart.myportfolio.com
Mark was born in the North of England and immigrated to the US in 1980. He was a photographer in the US Navy from 89-95 and graduated from The Brooks Institute of photography in 1999 with a degree in commercial photography He has worked as a commercial photographer in Los Angeles and New Orleans. And worked at several camera shops. His primary interest is Editorial travel photography and B&W darkroom.
My love for different cultures has inspired me to work and travel around the world, chasing light and inspiration. I am fortunate to be able to participate in intimate moments of people’s lives, from the mundane to the extraordinary.
I have been a professional photographer for 30 years, and a lifelong observer. I obtained my MA from the International Center of Photography at NYU, which helped advance my skills and encouraged me to push the boundaries of what I photograph.