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, […]

The Dreamspace Between Istanbul and New York City

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 in Photography, Turkey, USA | 8 Comments
The Dreamspace Between Istanbul and New York City

Alison and I met each other in college. We were both theater directors and photography enthusiasts; I piqued her interest in analogue and she turned me towards the weird world of slide film. But we became close more recently, through letters. Alison and I are pen pals. Before I ever wrote a blog, I was […]

August 2016

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 in Monthly, Personal | No Comments
August 2016

August was the month I finally made it out of Turkey, and so it has seemed long and jam-packed. My USA trip was only a couple of weeks ago, but it feels like it’s been ages. And now I’m writing this update from Kiev… Indeed, a busy month! Best Of The Month I visited friends […]

Driving Into The Desert, Part 3: Salvation Mountain

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 in Culture, Stories and Essays, USA | No Comments
Driving Into The Desert, Part 3: Salvation Mountain

In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 and here’s Part 2. In 1980, a man named Leonard Knight walked into the desert outside Niland, California and built a monument to God. Like many wild dreams, it collapsed almost immediately. So he tried again, reconstructing his hill of adobe and paint. This time, it took. He […]

Driving Into The Desert, Part 2: The Salton Sea

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in Culture, Stories and Essays, USA | No Comments
Driving Into The Desert, Part 2: The Salton Sea

In case you missed it, here’s Part 1. Before we reached our ultimate destination of Salvation Mountain, there was another weird pilgrimage to make deep in the California desert. It sneaks up like a mirage, shimmering under the overcast skies. It’s easy to imagine that it’s the hallucination of desert wanderers dying of thirst, except […]

Driving Into The Desert, Part 1: Hicksville, USA

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 in Culture, Stories and Essays, USA | 2 Comments
Driving Into The Desert, Part 1: Hicksville, USA

The most splendid adventures rarely go according to plan. My sister Hillary and I schemed an epic trip into the Southern California desert, visiting a bizarre isolated art piece, staying at a cool and quirky accommodation, and photographing as much as possible. We’ve done stuff like this before. We went to Ljubljana just to see Metelkova […]