You may have noticed that this blog has been unusually sparse lately and there have been some new names below the photos on

But I didn’t abandon you readers — I had to make an unexpected trip back to my homeland of New Zealand for 10 days. Photographers Robert Benson and Bronson Pate were kind enough to step in and keep these pages full of photos while I was gone.

Of course, I didn’t stop taking photos just because I was in another hemisphere. Enjoy.


Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at

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