Faces of Menlo

fine art landscape photographer Phillip Nicholas Photographer. Guide. Teacher. Ask Phillip Nicholas, who moved to Menlo Park from El Portal just outside Yosemite a few months ago, which hat he most enjoys and he can't quite narrow it down. "My passion is teaching," he says. "But that said, I love to go outside for the photography and then come in and teach. Being out in the elements with a camera in hand is really important to me." With his fiancée enrolled in a PhD program at Stanford, Phillip is involved in a number of pursuits now that he's landed in suburbia. He's working at Mike's Camera in downtown Menlo Park and guiding some photography workshops through Stephen Oachs' Aperature Academy. Half Dome by Phillip Nicholas While in Yosemite, he worked at the Ansel Adams Gallery. "There's still a sense of family there," he said. "Ansel's son Michael pops into the Gallery several times a year, and his son Matthew was my boss." Phillip, who majored in photographic imaging in college, describes himself as a landscape fine art photographer. He shoots primarily with a Canon, although he said he picks up an old Hasselblad from time to time. He shoots in color, digitally turning some images to black and white. "That gives a fuller image with a wider tonality range," he explained. "Sometimes I pre-visualize the black and white composition, usually because of the contrast I see in the scene." Russian Ridge Open Space by Phillip Nicholas As he did when he was in Yosemite, Phillip is starting to explore the out-of-doors close to his new home in Menlo. "Before I came to California, I saw a documentary on the Coast Range," he said. "I'm intrigued by the Redwoods and the Santa Cruz mountains as they intersect with the ocean. It's a cool clash of earth and sea." Phillip's images are available for purchase on his website. He chose two to share with InMenlo readers: Russian Ridge, Harvest Moon taken this year at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve and Half Dome, Sunset Haze also taken this year at Yosemite National Park. Phillip Nicolas Photographs (c) 2014; used with permission Photograph of Phillip Nicolas by Irene Searles

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Fleet Feet Menlo Park training group celebrate finishing Nike Women’s Half Marathon

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Editor’s note: InMenlo contributing photographers Irene Searles and Laura Hamilton ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon last weekend. Irene trained with Fleet Feet Menlo Park. Last night the training teams gathered for a celebration party. Fleet Feet co-owner Lisa Taggart shared some thoughts: We had 156 people registered through our class. There were 135 race registrations […]

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Menlo Park women shine at Nike Women’s Half Marathon today

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Just in: photos of Menlo Park moms who completed the Nike Women’s Half Marathon earlier today in San Francisco. They were among 25,000 participants. The overall winner was Victoria Mitchell of Waverley in a time of 1:19:49, of note as there are men in the race. Pictured top right is InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles and Kathy Oppenheimer […]

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Contemporary fashions and customer care is offered by Diana Ferrari at her Menlo Park boutique Graciana

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It was amber, which she imported from her native Poland, that led Graciana Boutique owner Diana Ferrari to the world of fashion and jewelry. “I was living on the East Coast when I came to visit my brother in San Francisco,” she recalls. “The weather was gorgeous in December and I moved West. For many […]

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Peter Draeger talks about the family grocery business – and his participation in Walk to Cure Diabetes

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Ask Peter Draeger about his involvement in the three-generation family business, Draeger’s Market, and he’ll admit to surprise at his current role. “I always figured my older brothers would go into the business, that there wouldn’t be a place for me,” he said. “I majored in finance at Santa Clara and went into banking after […]

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Naomi Zamir displays quilts at Café Zoë to raise awareness about the Day Worker Center of Mountain View

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One thing Willows neighborhood resident Naomi Zamir wants to make very clear to her interviewer: “The story is not about me.” We were visiting with Naomi at Café Zoë, where quilts she created in partnership with people who had come seeking jobs at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View are on display. “The most important thing about […]

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M-A grad Brittany Margot’s textile quilt selected to be permanent part of hospital maternity ward

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After graduating from Menlo-Atherton High School, Brittany Margot went on to Stanford University where she majored in human biology. In her senior year she chose to do The Senior Reflection, a three-quarter course  in which life science majors undertake an “in-depth creative project that joins a compelling scientific subject with a passion for the arts.” “TSR […]

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SLAC Director Emeritus and Nobelist Burton Richter to receive National Medal of Science

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President Obama Friday (Oct. 3) named former SLAC Director and Nobel Prize winner Burton Richter as one of 10 recipients of the National Medal of Science, and also named eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The two awards are the nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of […]

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Local author Nick Taylor, aka T. T. Monday, to speak at Menlo Park Library on Oct. 4

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Local author Nick Taylor, who also writes under the pen name T.T. Monday, will talk about his work during a free program to be presented by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, October 4, at 11:00 am at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. Nick, a Menlo Park resident,  is the […]

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Seventh grader Jack Barry creates new Super Hero – Masked Man

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There’s a new Super Hero named Masked Man in town, created right here in Menlo Park by Sacred Heart School seventh grader Jack Barry. Masked Man was birthed on a Saturday, Jack recalls, “when I didn’t have much else to do. So I sat down and started drawing and out of it came my own Super Hero.” […]

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First on stage, now in the kitchen, LB Steak Chef de Cusine Kelsey Casavan brings a “can-do” spirit

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When describing Kelsey Casavan, the current Chef de Cuisine at LB Steak in Menlo Park, the words “resolute” if not downright “plucky” come to mind. At age 30, she’s already tackled two career paths that find many people knocking on doors for years. A native of Vancouver, as a teenager she was intent on pursuing […]

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