I Love LA, Unironically and Shamelessly

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 in Culture, USA | No Comments
I Love LA, Unironically and Shamelessly

Los Angeles is a city that seems easy to hate. Its sprawl of car-choked freeways and skies thick with morning smog, its celebration  of plastic celebrity culture and neglect of the homeless, the self-loving kitsch of Hollywood—ask someone why they dislike LA, and chances are you’ll hear one of these complaints. Sure, the weather is […]

Downtown Los Angeles Plays Itself

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Culture, USA | 6 Comments
Downtown Los Angeles Plays Itself

Few cities are simultaneously as recognizable and opaque as Los Angeles. It’s not an iconic city. Think about it. What’s a famous LA icon? The Hollywood sign, that’s it. It’s not New York, whose streets from any angle ooze Big Apple, whose bridges and skyline and Statue of Liberty are familiar all over the world. […]

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 […]

The Recent Ruins: Welcome To Sutro Baths

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in Culture, USA | No Comments
The Recent Ruins: Welcome To Sutro Baths

I know that things don’t last forever. I see historic ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, places where the word “former” is firmly stuck in front of “glory.” The impermanence of the ancient world is accessible to me. But really, I don’t often think too deeply about the impermanence of my present surroundings. Ruins are for […]

I Need Spy Pond

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 in Personal, USA | One Comment
I Need Spy Pond

Spy Pond is a place where we can all be quiet together. It’s very rarely deserted– maybe in the early evening, when the sky is a dim purple. Usually, though, even when the water is filled with early-spring ice floes, there is always someone there sitting and thinking and sharing the quiet. I discovered Spy […]

Everywhere Can Be A Home

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 in Czech Republic, Greece, Malaysia, Personal, Turkey, USA | 2 Comments
Everywhere Can Be A Home

It’s that time of year when everyone starts reflecting on the year that is passing, and the milestones they’ve accomplished. For me, my reflections will come later. I moved to Istanbul on January 29, 2013, so the end of January seems like a more appropriate time to reflect on the year in review, on the […]

Chasing The Sun Boxes

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 in Stories and Essays, USA | 2 Comments
Chasing The Sun Boxes

The sky was a perfect autumn blue and I was wandering through downtown Boston, killing time before I met Kate for a catch-up. It was the ideal day for a spell of aimlessness; the air was crisp and the sun was warm and the leaves had just started to turn. New England weather can be […]

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 […]

It’s Crummy, But We Love It: Welcome to Revere Beach

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 in Culture, USA | No Comments
It’s Crummy, But We Love It: Welcome to Revere Beach

Did you know that Boston has beaches? No, I’m not talking about Cape Cod, or Rockport, or Martha’s Vineyard. I mean city beaches, accessible by public transportation. There’s one in particular on Boston’s North side, and it’s not Gloucester. It’s called Revere Beach, and it’s crummy, and we love it. I grew up visiting Revere […]

Boston in Black-and-White

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Black-and-White Cities, USA | One Comment
Boston in Black-and-White

The Boston I love is not just confined to Boston. It is Cambridge, Somerville, Allston, Brighton, Arlington. It’s all the places I’ve walked, biked, picnicked, photographed. Boston was my home for a very long time, and returning after a-year-and-a-half away was lovely and strange: desperately familiar and yet wrapped completely in a life I left […]