Istanbul Half-Frames

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Black-and-White Cities, Photography, Turkey | No Comments
Istanbul Half-Frames

The hazy, dreamy diptychs that I can create with my Olympus Pen suit one city more than any other– Istanbul. It’s easy to forget after living here for so long that this city is so enrapturing. It’s even easier to forget the poetic joys of the place when the mood is darkened by short days […]

DTLA in Black-and-White

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in Black-and-White Cities, USA | No Comments
DTLA in Black-and-White

Every time I return to LA, my sister and I make a list of everywhere we want to go together. It’s usually a mix of locations old and new. I was eager to return to Downtown LA, a place that surprised and delighted me last time; we intended to visit the Broad but were put […]

Boston in Black-and-White

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Black-and-White Cities, USA | One Comment
Boston in Black-and-White

The Boston I love is not just confined to Boston. It is Cambridge, Somerville, Allston, Brighton, Arlington. It’s all the places I’ve walked, biked, picnicked, photographed. Boston was my home for a very long time, and returning after a-year-and-a-half away was lovely and strange: desperately familiar and yet wrapped completely in a life I left […]

Istanbul in Black-and-White

Istanbul in Black-and-White

Istanbul is overwhelming for the senses. The smells of coffee and fish and slow-cooked meat and exhaust. The  call-to-prayer echoing from every minaret. The sun on the Bosphorus, the yellow flash of taxicabs, the visual cacophony of a city of 18 million people. Photographing this churning, breathing, pulsing city never gets boring. I particularly like […]

Belgrade in Black-and-White

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in Black-and-White Cities, Photography, Serbia | 3 Comments
Belgrade in Black-and-White

In Tbilisi, it was necessary for me to shoot in black-and-white in order to discover the city’s mysterious spirit and offbeat charm. I shot monochrome in Belgrade for a very different reason—I  didn’t have enough color film. My supplies were limited, and I knew I would need the color film when I got to Montenegro—those […]

Yerevan in Black-and-White

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 in Armenia, Black-and-White Cities | 3 Comments
Yerevan in Black-and-White

Summertime in Yerevan brings the heat. During the day, the temperature reached nearly 100 degrees of dry air and sizzling sidewalks; the hot streets cleared out as everyone sought out a cool bench in the shade. The quiet let my attention wander to the intricate geometry of the buildings, the massive statues in the public […]

Tbilisi in Black-and-White

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 in Black-and-White Cities, Georgia, Photography | 4 Comments
Tbilisi in Black-and-White

Sometimes, shooting black-and-white is a necessity. When I arrived in Tbilisi and couldn’t quite get a handle on the city, that struggle permeated my pictures. I wasn’t seeing color pictures I wanted to take. So to combat my frustration, I decided to simplify—I switched to monochrome. Black-and-white film emphasizes different elements than color, as I’ve […]

Amsterdam in Black-and-White

Amsterdam in Black-and-White

My original plan was to shoot only black-and-white film in Amsterdam. After a very colorful (and color-film-ful) time in Turkey with my family, I wanted to switch it up and use the part of my brain that sees things in monochrome. Shooting black-and-white requires you to notice and emphasize different things than shooting color—line, shape, […]