Coast To Coast

February 8th, 2011

Sometimes life really is a tale of two cities. And for no other reason than the hand that mother nature deals us. This fact was made clear to me this past week. One day I’m shooting my old friend Johnny O’Brien on the warm canals of Venice, CA for our Portrait of a Sport series, the next moment has me landing in NYC, knee deep in snow covered sidewalks, a world away from the sun-drenched beaches of LA.

These variations in conditions make life more interesting, and they also make the contrast between the US coastal regions all the more dramatic. What is happening in one place at any given time, most likely is happening in a very, very different way on the other side of the country. Personally, I kinda like this. It makes life more interesting and ensures that a sunny morning in LA can be followed up by a snowy evening in New York.

As I was flying into NY I knew snow was in my future. But seeing it from the air was a nice a gentle reminder of what I was in for.

Things look real nice from the friendly skies. Then you get outside in the elements and you remember that you forgot to bring anything other than sneakers. And sneakers and snowy/slushy conditions are a bad combination. Walking from the LES to midtown in some questionable sneakers was not the best choice I’ve ever made. Plus, it was about 25 degrees. Bad combinations…

Any trip to NY means trying to catch up with some of the extended crew. This trip I headed uptown from my hotel and I was able to catch up with Shawn and Greg to grab some lunch with them and take a little tour of the MLS offices. David Beckham made an obligatory appearance.

After meeting with some old friends I ended up at a PUMA event introducing the new PUMA range for women’s soccer ahead of the 2011 Women’s World Cup (more on that soon).

The PUMA event saw a performance by Fefe Dobson as well as an appearance by Sunil Gulati. Go ahead and wrap your mind around that…

There is a slight difference in everything imaginable between the picture above and the picture below…

All things considered, this was a very good week…

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