melissa ryan, in oakland & los angeles
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i believe we are put on this earth to experience love - platonic, familial, romantic. i believe we are put on this earth to enjoy food - cultivating, preparing, tasting & sharing. 

i have the height-to-wingspan ratio of an nba basketball player. this makes me uniquely helpful in reaching for things on the top shelf.

i love to travel. i love long, scenic drives. i'm hoping to find a reason to spend a few weeks in Maine. i've been to disneyworld 9 times, but that's neither here nor there.

i got hooked on photography when i was 22. i took a Polaroid in Chennai, India of my rickshaw driver Sami, and his girlfriend. she held the photo to her heart and asked if she could keep it. quickly, a swarm of children surrounded us - each shouting for their turn. 

their skin and smiles glowed against their brightly colored saris, shorts and tees. after them, a man asked to be photographed with his truck - his pride and joy. next, a business man in a navy suit adjusted his watch and held his briefcase at his side.

as the Polaroids developed, vivid colors bleeding into the frame, each person asked to keep theirs. i watched the business man take a long look at his new belonging, and i imagined him going home and sharing the photograph with his family. the thought made me grateful, and happy.

other things that make me happy include: late night dance parties, dogs of any age, the ocean, strings of lights, rooftops, blacktops, bad tv & my sweet dude.

photo cred: betsy newman