City Guide: Portland, Oregon

City Guide: Portland, Oregon

When I began researching and creating a list of things to do during my week-long vacation in Portland, I had no idea where to start. There were just so many options I found interesting. I didn't want to miss anything! There's so much to eat, drink, and do in this city. After staying a week in Portland, I can the things I did and ate and drank all exceeded my expectations. Here's my list of all the things you need to do when you visit Portland, Oregon.

My 6 international travel essentials

My 6 international travel essentials

When I traveled internationally for the first time to study abroad, I spent hours researching what I needed to bring. Unfortunately, the following items showed up on few of the lists I found online though I found them completely essential. I spent way too much time worrying about which clothing items to bring and how many but missed many of the most practical items. Pack these six items for stress-free travel.

Day-off photography from Burlington, Iowa

Day-off photography from Burlington, Iowa

I knew I wanted to shoot an Iowa town on the Mississippi River, like the town I was raised in. And so, at random, over my morning coffee, I chose Burlington, Iowa. I had only been there once before, just passing through really but I remembered being charmed by it and wanting to explore it more. In my photographic work, I'm always looking to compare and contrast elements that remind me of or differ from my hometown—not just aesthetically but the feelings I associate with my home as well.

Alternative Grad School fails and successes: A year in review

Last June, after finishing undergrad, I decided to embark on a new big-ish goal that would keep me learning, making things, and getting stronger. Based on an idea from The Art of Nonconformity by Chris Guillebeau, I started Alternative Grad School. You can view Chris Guillebeau's suggested goals here. My goals were based on his original [...]

The sight did not fill me with joy, I did not come away feeling happy. Nor was I filled with contentment when I caught sight of it, it wasn't that something stilled within me, as hunger or thirst do when they are satisfied. But it felt good to look at it, the way it feels [...]

More photos from the South

  I got a chance to edit a few more of my favorite images from my Presidents Day trip to New Orleans and back.   I'm really excited to see that my digital camera with its new lens served me really just as well as my favorite film cameras. Of course, the resolution isn't as [...]

Road trip photography from the South

Road trip photography from the South

I had President's Day off last Monday, so I decided to take off Friday too and make it a long weekend. I have been working on a rural Iowa photography project for about two years now and people are always telling me that my work reminds them of photos of the Southern United States. So Ethan and I took off on a road trip, taking our time and stopping at any small towns that looked interesting on our way down to New Orleans, Louisiana. More images to come as I continue editing!

300 words a day

Setting a goal I will not achieve some days is okay for a lot of the things I do: running, diet, reading. But it doesn't work for writing. I need a goal I can and will achieve every day, even when it's hard and I don't feel like working on it at all.