It’s The People, Too: Ten Portraits

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 in Photography | 7 Comments
It’s The People, Too: Ten Portraits

When it comes to traveling, the people are as important as the place. Almost without fail, it is the places where I made connections with people that I remember the most fondly. Paris was beautiful, but the friendships I made in Prague (or Kotor, or Budapest, or Yerevan) were more beautiful. Even if the connection […]

What A Difference The Film Makes, Take Two

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 in Montenegro, Photography | No Comments
What A Difference The Film Makes, Take Two

I’m pretty consistent with the film I shoot—mostly because I buy the film I like in bulk. My primary color film is FujiFilm Superia X-TRA 400 and my primary monochrome film is Ilford HP5+ 400. But when I was in Vermont in July, the film-enthusiasts working at a camera store in downtown Burlington recommended a […]

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, […]