Terry is a ex creative director and collector of both modern and vintage furniture and workwear. My brother and I had the pleasure of helping him realize an idea he had of shooting some portraits inside of his storage unit.
Two of my dearest friends came to visit me and my brother this past week. It was a time of great rest, and deep soul warming joy to spend time with two people I care for very much. We took a drive down the southern coast of Oregon to Bandon Beach to spend a night in a A-frame cabin. The coast has always been such a peaceful place to me, even in its storm tossed state, it has the most calming spirit in my eyes. The presence of Jesus was thick, as it always is when I spend time with Andrew and Sadie, he spoke and encourage me throughout there stay and continues to daily. Things have been hard moving to a completely different state, far from loved ones and familiar surroundings, but the Lord’s grace and peace have been very present throughout. Going through a robbery in our home, a horrible car accident totaling our only vehicle and numerous other difficulties, the Lords provision and my faith in general have been so important. I’m blessed and so honored to know Andrew and Sadie. Here are photos from southern Oregon, and the journey to get there with kindred souls.
taste of sap and bark
bread rising like a tongue
eye lids caked with dirt
visible only through reeds
rinds in clay
hands in mirrors
like hearts in reflection
Two very dear friends of mine, getting engaged in San diego.
Matthew is one of my best friends, it was an honor to be apart of his surprise to his beloved Zanie who is like a sister too me. I flew out in the early hours from Portland to San Diego, to meet them around 5pm. Spent the day exploring the city waiting for the moment, I got to Sunset cliffs around 4pm and waited at a designated spot for them to appear. Zane had no idea, and it was a time filled with Tears of joy and deep laughter from their family. Here are the photos from the trip.
From Ohio to Oregon, on film.
I Had the intense honor of photographing a dear friends wedding in southern Oregon. Andrew and Sadie are two very special people, and I love them very dearly, their wedding was such a beautiful thing to be apart of. The peace of the Lord lingered throughout the entire day, his presence was so thick. Andrew and Sadie committed themselves to one another on a crisp Oregon beach, with rare sun all day lighting everyone.they had a blessing ceremony in the woods before where prayer and celebration took place. There was a heady sense of love between Andrew and Sadie, their love for Jesus and one another was so evident. I hope you enjoy these photographs, they are very special to me. Most of the wedding was shot digitally, film shots are towards the end. Alec Fritz
Thank You. Alec Fritz
I am renouncing my right and addiction to know the certainties of life. I am surrendering to a life of dependency on Jesus, and this means I surrender my pride, die to my ego, and lift my hands off of 'control'. Honestly, I'm giving up, I have little faith left, I have little hope, and my well and at times my soul are dry. Ive tried to do it on my own too many times, Ive given my whole heart to some people and some things only to realize that it is a foolish end. I'm at a point in my life where I feel broken, I feel weak, and I feel unloved. I have too choices, I can throw down what I know, forsake my heart and turn to things that only satisfy momentarily. Or I can run to my father, on my knees, weeping, and give up all that I am. I feel forsaken and the Lord feels far from me, my heart aches and I am unaware of how to gain my joy again. But I have a longing, a deep rooted seed of an inexplainable peace, a warm homely love, a longing to just spend a moment with Jesus, my papa. This small truth, this one driving desire, this is how I break my ever crashing waves, by giving in to Jesus. Though broken and dark, Light cascades through these cracks, and I'm in a season of learning to trust in God's goodness. Hold the dreams and visions he's given me about my wife and my family with an open hand. My life, my soul are not my own, and I'm learning to rest in green pastures again with Jesus. Feel the earth under my feet, squint my eyes from the bright sun and laugh again, a good hearty laugh. Because I am loved, and I'm ok. I am allowed to hope even though right now I doubt. So I'm giving up, allowing the Lord to take the reigns. I am choosing to hope.
'If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double minded and unstable in all they do.' -James 1:5-8
Oregon is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been too, It holds a piece of my heart very strongly. Its landscapes and crisp ocean air can make a mans heart swim, and my time their was only made better by the hospitality of a dear friend Sophia Nicole who I went to visit. All these photos were taken on a Minolta SRT 101, a 35mm camera given to me several years ago by my Great-Aunt.
HEART COFFEE AND CITY ERRANDS
THE LONG DRIVE TO FALLS AND HOT SPRINGS
Went camping with some of the most honest men I know. We laughed, hiked, ate, and grew together as men. The cold November air and subtle frost added to the refreshment of our souls. We explored the upper coast of Michigan and took in the colors of autumn as we did. The holy spirit impressed Psalm 119 on our hearts and we chewed on its meaning the whole trip. Learned lessons for spiritual and personal growth from these men, Im always astounded by how blessed I am to know them.
The end to a good trip.
I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with some good friends, we spent some time in ZURIE co-working which offers a studio. We tried new things and messed about, it was good. To create with out boundaries or expectations you're left with something imperfect but maybe thats a good thing. Hope you enjoy these photos of my friends.
A Fall Playlist
Fall is usually the time when I listen to most of my favorite music. I would have some poetic thoughts about this beloved season of mine, the chill in the air, the colors, and the crisp sense of belonging that arises when you feel that first golden leaf crunch beneath your boot. But I feel like I've written about it enough. I had the recent enjoyment of traveling to Montana with some dear friends, there lies a species of pines called Larches or Tamaracks which turn gold in the fall. I didn't get the chance to see them change but one day I will. Evergreens do turn gold after all. This is a fall playlist Explaining the feelings behind the wonder this season brings and to somehow put a tune to those emotions. Hope you enjoy.
K Y L E
& T O R I
It was a joy to photograph these two, hocking hills is where the wedding took place, at Tori's family cabin. Nervous joy, and untangled excitement were the two common emotions throughout the day, these two really loved each other and everyone gathered together to celebrate their lifelong union. An over arching peace was stretched throughout the day. The ceremony was so quiet you could hear the wind blowing the grass along with their voices reciting their vows. Marriage is such a wonderful thing, its the closest representation we have to how Jesus Loves us. It blows my mind every time I'm party to this proclamation of commitment, and I'll never get tired of seeing people like Kyle and Tori making that commitment.
Cheers, Alec Fritz
I've taken a small pledge to myself to photograph my daily life more. These aren't amazingly coordinated, beautifully crafted photographs. These are random moments that maybe I felt were worthy to capture. Im trying to make even the normal life moments wonderful to look at and somehow capture emotion that we all face in our lives during a normal day. These photographs date form July 17th to July 25th. This is an exercise.
A family vacation caused a few days of the summer heat to be spent with loved ones. Marblehead OH, is a place filled with interesting textures and design. With its interest's the waves of lake erie seem to be a little bluer than the normal deep and dark brown that I usually familiarizes with. Water is a beautiful thing, somehow when your landlocked in a flat place, even a two day sabbatical can bring great joy to a weary and 'dry' soul. As someone who longs for movement outside of my own I'm always looking for natures daily commutes, clouds passing, water rushing, and the stillness of mountains in the distance that cause your heart to beat a little faster. These things greatly move my spirit, they are natures worship to the father, and I recognize that, how can that not bring you joy? Being with your family also constitutes to these soul refreshing reminders, the inner happiness caused by people who have poured into your life since birth is a powerful one. Rest is simply this, eliminate the unnecessary and we are forced to relax in the obvious.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary,
so that the necessary may speak.” —Hans Hofman
“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I simply watch what they do.” —Andrew Carnegie
REST- Cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.