TransitionsText and Photography by Danny OwensThe world we live in is full of contrasts. Growing up in the desert and then moving to the Pacific Northwest has allowed me to witness a wide range of contrast in my own life, not just in the geography between the two places, but also the differences in culture and everyday lifestyle.I spent all of my life up until now in the desert, 20 years of intense summer heat which I somehow survived. Late last year I was presented with the opportunity to move up to the state of Washington which has been a dream of mine for sometime. Ever since my first trip to Portland last year, the Pacific Northwest has held a special place in my heart. The community, culture, and nature is mind blowing. After moving, I haven’t stopped exploring, something I didn’t do much of in the desert. The amount of trails, mountains, lakes, and places to see seemingly never stop in the PNW.
The Penny-Sized Illustrations of @samlarson
To see more photos of both Sam’s normal-sized and minuscule work, follow @samlarson on Instagram.
"I gather my inspiration from the American West," says Sam Larson (@samlarson), a 25-year-old Wisconsin native now working as a freelance artist in Carlsbad, California. “I like to get out into the mountains and desert whenever possible.” On Instagram, Sam shares his western-themed creations, which often take the form of tiny, penny-sized drawings.
Sam attributes his rekindled interest in illustration to Instagram. In 2013, after a five-year hiatus from art, “I started doing one drawing a night to post on Instagram. It was an exercise that held me accountable, and the encouragement helped keep me going.”
"Instagram has allowed me to make new friends, travel to places I didn’t know existed, share my art and so much more," says Sam. "I hope to inspire people to pick up a pen, or to embark on some type of adventure."
SLOW DANCING IN THE MOUNTAINS.
Oh hey, Tumblr. It’s been a while. Here’s a video of me and some friends dancing in slow motion while waiting for polaroids to develop.
Just these. Wowow
I wish she had added Dudley with a magical child.
There will be a day when I aim for sleep and successfully turn off all my thoughts at the moment of my choosing. Until then, I’ll write until I pass out. I think I’m almost there. Goodnight, everything. #nightthoughts
So blessed to have this woman as one of my closest friends. Preach it.