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Garrick Wong

My name is Garrick Wong, short name, G-man. I’m born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, California. Growing up, life was simple yet boring in downtown Sacramento. My family didn’t have much starting a new life in United States, and they worked 14-16 hour shifts everyday, so I grew up as a mischievous, rebellious, and lonely kid.

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Anna Olson

The East Bay Area! I like how the East Bay is very family friendly and slower pace, but you are still very close to San Francisco and San Jose!

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Madison Burman

I’m originally from Portland, but largely grew up in Amador County. I mostly remember the rain and Powell’s Books from my time in Portland. Amador is far more remote feeling, and it’s where I got started shooting. Those large spaces are a lot easier to work with when you don’t have to shop out a dozen random people.

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Jascha Polemountains

I’m from the Netherlands but not from Amsterdam, from the (way better) heart of the country: Utrecht . I live in the East now, near the German border, because I wanted to study in a different area.

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David Imel

I’m travel full time for work, so I haven’t had a home for about 2 years. I’ve been in 38 countries in 2019, and it’s been a pretty crazy ride. Originally I am from Nevada City, California. It’s in the middle of the forest in the Tahoe National reserve. It’s beautiful!

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Haley Krolack

I’m from the northern suburbs of Chicago! I lived there for 18 years before I moved to Sacramento. Life is not as exciting there. Chicago is a beautiful city for architecture but lacks a community for art.

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Greg Esman

I’m from Canada, in a city called Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Though, my family is from Minsk, Belarus. Ottawa feels very homey. I’m not just saying that because I grew up there.

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Nicole Holder

Growing up in Gilroy I went to a low income high school that was also academically not the greatest, but it really helped propelled me towards college because it was easy. I grew up on the more well off side in life because my parents own their own businesses so high school introduced me to a new aspect of life that helped me grow up to be a more well rounded person.

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