Holga Struggles

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 in Photography | 19 Comments
Holga Struggles

In April, I got a very special present for my birthday: A Holga. Holgas are plastic toy cameras that became popular for their evocative lo-fi images, rampant light-leaks, and unpredictability. I craved one. All that mystery! All that analog glory! So, why haven’t I posted any Holga pictures here? Because I am seriously struggling to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Photographing Batumi’s Beach In The Rain

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Georgia, Photography | No Comments
Photographing Batumi’s Beach In The Rain

My original plan for my second day in Batumi was to take a long, leisurely bike ride along the shoreline bike path. Morning rain nixed that plan, but strolling along the nearly-deserted beach turned out to be a wonderful alternative. The overcast sky made colors pop, especially against the rolling fog and the churning gray sea. […]

Collaboration Inspiration!

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 in Photography | 2 Comments
Collaboration Inspiration!

My sister is my favorite photography collaborator. We’ve only spent three weeks together in 2013, but during that time we’ve collaborated on two mini-projects, with Hillary as model and me as photographer. (Sometimes we reverse roles, but while Hillary is an excellent photographer, I’m a rather goofy model.) We maintain a mutual Pinterest board for […]

A Film Disaster

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 in Photography | 3 Comments
A Film Disaster

The worst thing that can happen to a film photographer has happened to me. Two rolls of film I brought to get developed came back blank. TWO ROLLS. Nothing on them. It’s a nightmare. One roll was almost assuredly my fault– it was the first roll I took with my Holga, so I’m sure I […]

What A Difference The Film Makes

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Istanbul, Photography | 6 Comments
What A Difference The Film Makes

I’ve gone into detail before about some of the logistics about my photography, including the film I use. I purposefully don’t write the technical information about each picture I post, though—I prefer the images to stand on their own; it’s my belief that strong images aren’t dependent on amazing equipment or expensive film. You can […]

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, […]

Shooting Film: Complicated, Impractical, and Totally Worth It

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in Istanbul, Photography | 4 Comments
Shooting Film: Complicated, Impractical, and Totally Worth It

It seems like everyone has a digital DSLR these days. Folks writing blogs shoot digital– you can take more pictures, you can see them immediately, you can put them on your computer easily. Folks traveling shoot digital– except for the bulky camera, you don’t have to carry much. (Certainly not excessive rolls of film and […]

My Photography

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 in Photography | No Comments
My Photography

I grew up taking pictures. At age eight, I had a darkroom in my basement; at thirteen, I acquired a camera of my own; at nineteen, I ran a photography program for girls at summer camp. In 2007 I began carrying my camera around with me wherever I went, and I’ve hardly stopped since. I […]