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, […]

Shoot Before Dawn In Galle, Sri Lanka

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 in Photography, Sri Lanka | 4 Comments
Shoot Before Dawn In Galle, Sri Lanka

Wake up before dawn in Galle. The seaside Sri Lankan city, wrapped in its colonial fort and perched on turquoise water, stuns at all hours. The muggy hot streets are filled with old men on bikes, travelers in cafés, schoolchildren on fieldtrips. But before sunrise are the secret hours, when people sleep and the air […]

A Blue Golden Gate Bridge

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 in Photography, USA | 2 Comments
A Blue Golden Gate Bridge

I go through phases with slide film. Sometimes I kick myself for not shooting it frequently enough. Cross-processed or developed straight, the results can be really special, with massively saturated colors and skewed light. Other times, the colors are so altered and damaged that I stop shooting slide film completely. Something like that happened in […]

Postscript: Black-and-White Trains in Sri Lanka

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 in Photography, Sri Lanka | No Comments
Postscript: Black-and-White Trains in Sri Lanka

I spent so much time riding trains in Sri Lanka that I shot a lot of different kinds of film: low-speed color film, high-speed color film, slide film, and black-and-white. But when it came time to pare down my images for my post about Sri Lanka train rides, I chose to leave out the black-and-white […]

The Beach At Night

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 in Photography, Stories and Essays, USA | 3 Comments
The Beach At Night

We were done with the party. The scent of pot and the sounds of tipsy forty-somethings singing along with The Zombies became fainter and fainter and we walked into the darkness away from the Santa Monica Pier. Summertime Thursdays bring these evening concerts on the beach, but we hadn’t been close enough to see much […]

Fits and Starts and California Dreaming

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 in Photography, USA | 6 Comments
Fits and Starts and California Dreaming

When I bought my glorious and problematic KMZ Start camera in Prague, there was only one visible problem with it: the film counter was broken. The film counter lets you know how many frames have advanced, so photographers can keep track of how many pictures are left on the roll. It’s very useful, but ultimately […]

Seeing The World Through My Yashica TLR

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in Photography | 5 Comments
Seeing The World Through My Yashica TLR

Let me tell you a secret. I am terrible with cameras. I can take pictures, I don’t mean that. I mean the technical part, the machine part– I don’t find it intuitive. Perhaps it’s part of the reason I never felt the need to switch over to digital– there was enough to still figure out […]

Sri Lanka and My Plastic Camera Memories

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in Personal, Photography, Sri Lanka | 2 Comments
Sri Lanka and My Plastic Camera Memories

There’s no reason I should have ended up in Sri Lanka, honestly. I never applied to go to the TBC Asia conference. After World Travel Market in London, I figured I’d head directly back to Istanbul and start settling in after four and half months of motion. And yet, on a week’s notice, I did […]

When Film Goes Weird

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 in Photography | 6 Comments
When Film Goes Weird

I shoot a lot of film, and most of the time I stick to the tried-and-true films I prefer: Fujifilm Superia XTRA 400, Ilford HP5+, Ektar 100, and so on. But sometimes, I try something different just to see what will happen. I’d already shot Velvia 100 as positives and I wanted to give it another […]

What a Difference the Camera Makes: iPhone vs. Analogue

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 in Photography, USA | 4 Comments
What a Difference the Camera Makes: iPhone vs. Analogue

Most of the photographs on this blog come from one of my analogue cameras, usually my 35mm Pentax. But there’s one digital camera in my arsenal. It’s my iPhone 5s, and I love it as much as my “real” cameras. The iPhone is just a different tool than my Pentax—each does certain things better, or […]