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.

Read what you want

I read 29 books in 2017 and five so far in 2018. Some were incredible. Others were not. But in the process of reading so many different books (about one per week since June 2017, when I started my Alternative Grad School project), I've learned so much about the books that draw me in. Throughout [...]

Even talent is rarely indistinguishable, over the long run, from preserverance and lots of hard work —Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking David Bayles & Ted Orland

Budget travel in Berlin, Germany

Budget travel in Berlin, Germany

Ethan and I found super cheap airplane tickets to Europe and did a 10-day tour of Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Berlin late this month. Here's a post I wrote about my experience in Berlin on the flight back to Chicago.

Back at it

Back at it

I graduated from the University of Iowa in May, which caused me to lose access to a lot of their amazing film equipment... but I just bought a Braun NovoScan 120 film scanner so I can finally make digital copies of my images again. I'm still getting used to it, and I've been having trouble [...]