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 […]

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 […]

Riding Trains in Sri Lanka

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 in Culture, Sri Lanka | 2 Comments
Riding Trains in Sri Lanka

There was a while when my white noise was the clatter of Sri Lankan trains. As I sat at quiet tables in hotels eating curry or attempted to clear my mind to sleep, all I could hear rattling in my ears was the repetitive sound of our rickety second-class train car rolling over colonial tracks, […]

Hot Days, Hot Nights, Hot Jazz

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 in Culture, Sri Lanka | 3 Comments
Hot Days, Hot Nights, Hot Jazz

What place do you think of when you think of jazz? Maybe dim blue clubs in New York City, smoky cafes in Paris, the rollicking streets of New Orleans? How about a colonial seaside town in Sri Lanka? Before I went to Sri Lanka, the only thing I definitely wanted to do was ride trains […]

Two Years Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Istanbul, Personal, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Yearly | 8 Comments
Two Years Abroad

I remember New Year’s Eve, 2012. I’d flown in from Aruba that morning—a body shock, with Aruba’s 31-degree-Celsius sunshine replaced with Boston’s 31-degree-Farenheit wind. I was exhausted, but my boyfriend knew I’d regret sleeping through New Year’s, so we braved the bitter cold and headed out to Central Square in Cambridge. Thanks to our contacts […]

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 […]