The Purple Cold of Kiev

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 in Photography, Ukraine | 6 Comments
The Purple Cold of Kiev

I went to Kiev in the beginning of February, when the skies were white and blank and the sidewalks sleek with ice. I needed a few days out of Turkey, but fleeing from the rainy chill of Istanbul to the bitter cold of Kiev seemed counter-intuitive. I admit, I avoided the forecast before I bought […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oops! That Was Slide Film

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Photography | 2 Comments
Oops! That Was Slide Film

I usually put a fair amount of thought into the film I’m shooting. Unlike digital photography, which can be endlessly changed after the fact, film is all about forethought. I make choices when I buy the film, when I put a few rolls in my bag for the day, when I actually load the camera. […]

Strange Cappadocia on LomoChrome Purple

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 in Photography, Turkey | 8 Comments
Strange Cappadocia on LomoChrome Purple

I shoot film to capture the way places feel, not the way they look. The emotion, the memory, the intangible experience: this is what analogue does so well. My memories warp and shift and pulse. When I went to Cappadocia, I took along a roll of Lomography’s LomoChrome Purple that I’d purchased on a whim. […]

Girona Through A Holga

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 in Photography, Spain | No Comments
Girona Through A Holga

A broken camera can force you to see the world in a whole new way. Imagine my disappointment on that first night in Barcelona, when some freakish electronic fritz made my Pentax unusable. I was spending a week and a half in Spain for TBEX, and I had tempered some of my ambivalence about the […]

Water Trekking And Shooting Analogue

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 in Photography, Spain | One Comment
Water Trekking And Shooting Analogue

I run a low-tech photography operation here. Shooting film doesn’t require the constant acquisition of fancy equipment that digital does. One of my favorite cameras to shoot with is basically a plastic box. Another one was a gift pulled from a friend’s basement. My images aren’t about gloss and perfection; they are about feelings, ambience, […]