Reflections on Bangalore

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in India | 2 Comments
Reflections on Bangalore

I went to India for two reasons: to travel somewhere very different from where I’m living, and to see Kabir. Kabir is an old friend from college and he’s been telling me about his home city of Bangalore for a decade now. After we graduated from school, I lived in Boston and he in Brooklyn, […]

December 2016

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 in Monthly, Personal, USA | 2 Comments
December 2016

I spent almost all of December in California, a place that’s sort of home and sort of not home at all. It was jam-packed, as these visits tend to be; even better, it made me appreciate being back in Istanbul for the last few days of 2016. I missed the place. Best Of The Month […]

Goodbye, 2016.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 in Personal | 2 Comments
Goodbye, 2016.

Finally, FINALLY, it’s the end of 2016. I started this year with plans and goals and schemes and somehow it seemed to go completely off the rails. I think often about the first few weeks of the year and all the simple beauties of it; the white-out snow, a bouquet of purple flowers, the sweet […]

The Olympus Pen

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 in Photography | 2 Comments
The Olympus Pen

I truly have terrible camera luck. It’s always when I travel that something seems to go wrong.  I know where to get everything fixed in Istanbul; on a trip, I rarely have the time and always lack the knowledge of where to find a repair shop. I’ve had camera problems on a press trip in […]

November 2016

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 in Monthly, Personal | No Comments
November 2016

I went halfway around the world in November, beginning the month in Bangalore, India and ending it in California. It all feels sort of unreal and dizzying, honestly. Best Of The Month Spending time with my friend Kabir in India and slipping so comfortably into his Bangalore life was clearly a highlight. Also, I bought […]

Analogue Photography and Letting Go Of Control

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Photography | 6 Comments
Analogue Photography and Letting Go Of Control

I gave three talks about my analogue photography between late October and mid-November. Honestly, I’m not sure how that was possible; I feel like I’ve barely been in Istanbul these last two months and yet the time I’ve spent here has been productive and exuberant and jam-packed. So, three talks in three weeks. (Plus an […]

October 2016

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 in Monthly, Turkey | No Comments
October 2016

I’m posting this monthly update from somewhere completely new to me: India! This was a month of mood swings.  After a rough September, I felt reinvigorated and much more like myself than I have in a long time: capable, confident, creative; energized by everyone around me. But there was also some lingering blue, perhaps because […]

Disposable Memories

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Photography | 2 Comments
Disposable Memories

I haven’t been shooting very much this year, perhaps because of all its rumbling tumultuousness. I go through these phases sometimes, but it always feels like I’m neglecting a part of myself. I miss it, I miss the ease. I am not one to sit aside and wait for the inspiration to return, though. I […]

Istanbul’s Hidden Botanical Garden

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Culture, Turkey | No Comments
Istanbul’s Hidden Botanical Garden

The Atasehir neighborhood on Istanbul’s Asian side is a mess of highways and mismatched ugly skyscrapers; it’s emphatically unpleasant and I rarely have an excuse to stop there. But tucked between off-ramps and building cranes is a little oasis, incongruous in this wasteland of urban blight. Hidden among the highways is the Nezahat Gokyigit Botanical […]

September 2016

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 in Monthly | One Comment
September 2016

This is the month when a strange summer gave way to the relief of autumn, when it really felt like life started shifting into a different gear. Even though Istanbul autumn is rarely as intense as Boston autumn—the sky isn’t streaked with foliage—it’s a season I’ve always loved because things always change. For the better, […]