some scenes from cal.

 Alternate post title: That one time I got to take pictures with Natasha, aka thefriscobay, at Cal. (It was too lengthy.) But seriously, I did. And these are photos from that.

So you guys may or may not know that I read Natasha’s blog… I’ve mentioned her here from time to time. I don’t remember when/how I found it, but I’m pretty sure the first time I commented was to tell her that every time I thought of her blog, I would get “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” stuck in my head for the rest of the day :) Natasha is one of those bloggers who makes me thankful for the little online community I have through this space with every comment or interaction.

   Like myself, she’s a Californian (and a Giants fan), a photographer and blogger, a wearer of Birkenstocks, and a lover of ice cream. I’ve always thought we’d get along splendidly should we ever meet in real life, so last week while I was in Berkeley I sent her a tweet. Turns out she lives über close to where I stay with my friend, and we had coffee together at the cafe down the street. We talked easily for an hour, and decided to meet up later in the afternoon to take some photos around campus.

We first walked to her favorite building, and talked about Disneyland and the difficult lighting situations in our respective houses, among other things.

 Then we walked to the East Asian Library, where we took most of our photos. This building is one of my favorites, though I can’t read one single book inside.

    The light and shadows are PERFECT. (Also the typography on the signage is wonderful, and the women’s/men’s bathroom signs are the coolest I’ve seen. Go check it out.)

 Okay. I love this photo. This man was standing right in the middle of the path outside the library, just reading there in the afternoon sun. I whispered to Natasha, “I really want to photograph that man.” She said, “Just pretend you’re texting and do it.” So I did! And he never looked up.

 We only had about an hour together before Natasha had to go to class in Wheeler, but I’m already looking forward to next time!

Go read Natasha’s blog, and follow her on Instagram and VSCO, too. She’s extremely talented :)

xo,
Maci

P.S. There are some extra photos on my VSCO grid!

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