Delivering the California Good Life

Guest Blogger Richard Wong: California Home-Grown

It’s our pleasure to introduce Guest Blogger and Travel Photographer Richard Wong. Born and raised in California, Richard’s California photographs display a tenderness for his surroundings that can only attributed to the passion to celebrate his home state…

 

Monterey Pine Trees, James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach, California

 Monterey Pine Trees, James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach, California

California is the most populated state in this country but it seems like a large percentage of people I meet here are not native-Californians. I am a native-Californian however and after my 30+ years of living, I still never get tired of exploring the treasures that our state has to offer. I suppose it is fitting that I eventually became a travel photographer.

Bourn Cottage Water Fountain, Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley, California

Bourn Cottage Water Fountain, Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley, California

Photographing California to me is not about making pretty pictures. I actually rarely set out to make pretty pictures. Sometimes they may strike people as pretty pictures (this is California after all) but generally I seek to relive memories from my childhood or from other parts of my life. Take California’s Gold Country for instance. When I was in 4th grade, every student had to do a creative project about the California Gold Rush. I had fun working on the project with my mom but who knew that it would eventually inspire me to visit the Sierra Foothills twenty years later in order to photograph these towns.

Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

 Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

There are other memories like my mom taking my brother and I to the Huntington Gardens, enjoying the sunset with my family at Moonstone Beach while on summer vacation, my dad losing his wedding ring in the fine white sand at Carmel Beach. Even the foggy summers along the coast. Every time I photograph these in these locations from my past, I see my life story.

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 Two Kids Playing in the Pacific Ocean at Moonstone Beach, Cambria, California

It is for all those reasons above and more that fuels my passion for photographing California more than any other state I’ve visited. Simply put, I’m a visitor everywhere else but in California I am at home.

Foggy Fall Morning in the Japanese Garden at The Huntington, San Marino, California

 Foggy Fall Morning in the Japanese Garden at The Huntington, San Marino, California

Richard Wong is a travel and landscape photographer currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley on the outskirts of Los Angeles. His photography can be viewed at his website: www.rwongphoto.com.

Be sure to check out his blog – http://www.rwongphoto.com/blog/

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