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Jikoin: The Tea Ceremony Temple

Jikoin: The Tea Ceremony Temple

About a 45-minute train ride from central Nara is the temple of Jikoin. Sited at the top of a hill, this temple was founded around the time of the unification of Japan by a nobleman interested in spreading the ideas of the tea ceremony. Because of this, most of the temple is devoted to tea […]


(Another) Computer Problem, A Flood of Japanese Instagram

(Another) Computer Problem, A Flood of Japanese Instagram

You may be wondering why, after I went to the trouble of making a post about being in Japan and taking tons of photographs, I didn’t post anything. Well, about a week or two into the program, my computer died. Why I always have major computer issues while I’m abroad is beyond me. My poor […]


Whiteaker Block Party (Part 3): Fire Dancers

Whiteaker Block Party (Part 3): Fire Dancers

(You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) At the end of the day, just as we were getting ready to leave, we took one more walk along 3rd Avenue and came across a large crowd in the Wine Garden ooohing and aaahing at some kind of flashing lights in front of a […]


Whiteaker Block Party (Part 1)

Whiteaker Block Party (Part 1)

A lot of friends have asked me what it’s like living in Oregon since I moved here a year ago. Honestly, I find it kind of hard to describe the culture shock I’ve had to deal with moving to Eugene. This city is small – next to Martos, it’s the smallest town I’ve ever lived […]


The Best Model Shot

The Best Model Shot

It’s Spring Break! Thank God! I’ve been working to update my portfolio so I can start the hunt for a summer job. So I’ve been going through a bunch of photos of models I took over the last two terms, thinking about including them. This is, by far, my favorite: a close-up of the laser […]


Portland!

Portland!

Just two from our class field trip to Portland last week. It’s a really cool town. Glad I finally had a chance to visit.


Promos: Poonam & Becky

Promos: Poonam & Becky

Two of the other Americans with me in Martos (you may recognize them from previous photos), Poonam and Becky, are pursuing a career in acting. They asked me to do some promotional photos to add to their portfolio. We went out to the park on a hot day with a hula hoop to take some […]


Two Marteños and a Hula Hoop

Two Marteños and a Hula Hoop

Oregon!

Oregon!

A little over a month ago I mentioned that I was in architecture school… I told you it was going to be busy! First, the good news: I got my kit lens back in fully working order. Hurrah! As much as I love my nifty fifty, it’s nice to not be limited to the one […]


More Martos

More Martos

I really just wanted to post something about where I am and what I’m doing these days, which will hopefully explain the randomness of updates. But how could I leave you without photos? Since I’m feeling a little nostalgic, I’ve decided to include a few parting shots of Martos as well. I left Spain in […]


Baeza & Ubeda

Baeza & Ubeda

Here are a few photos from a day trip we took to Baeza and Ubeda, two UNESCO World Heritage Site towns in Jaen province. These photos, I’m afraid, don’t nearly do justice to the place. Still, I think you’ll enjoy looking.


Seville is All About the Details

Seville is All About the Details

At the beginning of December, a few friends and I took a trip to Seville, the capital of Andalucía and the fourth-largest city in Spain. It is also what you might consider the “soul” of Spain, as a lot of the typical Spanish traditions were either born there or practiced most fiercely there. Unlike Madrid […]


A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

The New York Times Photography Department decided to do something pretty awesome recently, which they are calling “A Moment in Time.” The idea was that photographers around the world would take a picture at the same moment – 1500 UTC on Sunday, May 2, 2010, to be exact – to create a collage of life […]


In the News!

In the News!

There haven’t been a lot of updates here, because I have been both incredibly busy (deciding where to study for the next three years, preparing a presentation for the kids on Canada, etc.) and incredibly lazy. Yes, it is possible to be both. But there was one thing that I wanted to share: I was […]


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Just got back from a week-long road trip across the north of Spain with Dietrich, from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela. Good times! We got back to Martos just in time to see the Easter procession. Plenty more photos where that came from… on my computer desktop. (Gimme a break, I’m relaxing today!) This song […]


Holidays in Holland

Holidays in Holland

After Ronda, the next stop on my travels was the Netherlands. I landed in Eindhoven and was there for three days over Christmas (overall, a miserable place). Then I spent a day in the unpronounceable city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, home to medieval painter Heironymous Bosch. The highlight, however, was a week spent visiting friends in Utrecht, […]


Día de la Paz

Día de la Paz

On January 28th, schools across Spain celebrated Día de la Paz, or Peace Day. Perhaps its closest comparison in the United States is Martin Luther King Day, which occurs around the same time. Children focus on messages of anti-violence and anti-racism and celebrate with performances, readings, and a flotilla of white balloons. My school, CEPR […]


Might As Well Jump

Might As Well Jump

Last weekend my roommates and I took a trip to Seville. We took a little time to go to Plaza España, one of the city’s landmarks from the 1929 exhibition, and try out some mid-air photographs. Here are the results…


Feria San Lucas, Jaén

Feria San Lucas, Jaén

This is a HUGE festival here… It runs for a little over a week, all day and all night. Buses from all over the province stop at the fairground itself, which is just acres and acres of games, rides, food, and dance clubs. We went out on Saturday, saw the parade and then went out […]


Looking Through Me

Looking Through Me

Farewell, New York City

Farewell, New York City

After 7 years (and lots of really good stories), I’m finally leaving New York City.


Jazz Age Festival @ Governor’s Island

Jazz Age Festival @ Governor's Island

The day I was out on Governor’s Island to take photographs of Paul and Contessa happened to be the same day of the Jazz Age Festival – at least that’s what I think it was called. My friends and I spent pretty much the whole day on the Island picnicing, playing ultimate frisbee, biking, using […]


Paul & Contessa

Paul & Contessa

Today, something completely different. These are my friends Paul and Contessa, who, after seeing me carry my camera everywhere with me, asked me if I could take some photos of them for their Save the Date cards. We spent some time wandering around Governor’s Island taking photos. With their permission, I’ve posted some of the […]


Siren Festival 2008!

Siren Festival 2008!

On July 19, most of the music-loving population of the New York City Metropolitan area descended on Coney Island for some fun in the sun: Siren Festival 2008. Each year for the past eight years, the Village Voice newspaper has thrown this all-day party in Coney Island. For free. Yes, just one of many reasons […]