One year ago today, I landed at Logan Airport in Boston, still drunk on Tokyo, 13 hours with Japan Airlines, Natalie Portman in The Black Swan, twentysomething hours without sleep and a glass or two of wine. I fell comfortably into the arms of my family; the young children — who had not been told [...]
This week I’m back in Seoul, visiting with friends, welcoming a new baby, eating delicious food and marveling in the joys of public transportation. Being here is a good excuse to share with you some photos I took last fall on my friend Youngdoo‘s ailing Rollei XF35. I usually focus my cameras on the prettier [...]
This place has wormed its way into my bloodstream. I have sat in the sand reading and
I’ll admit I’ve been on a bit of a photography hiatus lately. It happens. And it’s a fairly deliberate hiatus, as I have a rather large non-photography endeavor before me that requires my attention and my focus. Having received a PhD in Procrastination, it’s important I practice some restraint and learn about this thing called [...]
It is safe to say I spent the better part of my first six months in Seoul alone. Yes, there were co-workers, there were several dozens of nine-to-thirteen year olds, there was a German visitor, and there was Wayne. It wasn’t until a fateful summer evening when I attended my first Flickr in Seoul gathering [...]
Yes, I promised you four year retrospectives and sappy, sentimental, eye-roll-worthy nostalgic interludes. I claimed it is how I roll, and I promise you, it is. But you see, after four years there are some 10,000 + photographs through which I must sort. There is also the making of arrangements, the packing, the selling of [...]
I’m spending a lot of time at and near home these days. Rather than exploring the places I’ve yet to visit, I’m a bit more keen on soaking up as much as I can before I leave of the normal everyday that has been my life here in Seoul. Running along the river, coffee from [...]
I returned to Seoul two weeks ago, but my mind is still planted firmly in Massachusetts. That’s why it was a little bit like Christmas morning to pick up my latest batch of film from the lab, which included these photos from the day Mr. Ferry came to Rockport. We did not eat ice cream, [...]
In the late 1950s, my grandparents began a yearly tradition of renting a small cottage on the Cape Cod National Seashore, escaping New Jersey’s heavy summer humidity for a few weeks on the open Atlantic shore. Each year, they would bring my father and his younger siblings until they began to move away to start [...]
On my second day in New York, after an early morning walk across the Brooklyn Bridge with my dad (something he’d never done despite growing up in and around New York), I met my friend Corey in Chinatown for an afternoon of cameras and pavement pounding and catching up.
New York, bestill my road-weary heart. Each time I’m in New York, my stay is punctuated with a loud, exclamatory Yes!
I’ve been on the road for the last few weeks, visiting good friends and family from coast to coast. August kicked off in Southern California, where there was good eating, good laughing and good loving. I shot a lot of film while I was there, breaking in the Konica Instant Press and breaking out the [...]
Perhaps a bit too easy. These are days that roll into one another and back out again, just like the tide. A weekend begins as a blank slate, with no fixed plans, yet by Sunday evening ends with pink noses, salty hair, sandy ankles, bellies full, beach time and picnic time, an endless parade of [...]
“Be here now” – Ram Dass Even if you’re crooked. Or titling to the left. Or missing a corner. Be here. Now.
“with the sunshine of mindfulness” – Thich Nhat Hanh March has been short on both, but that’s sort of the point of this project. Reminders.
Since Seoul has refused to cooperate this year, and winter has refused to release its icy deathgrip, I’m going to take a lesson from my mother and do some forcing. Every year around this time,
“And my heart broke loose on the wind” - Pablo Neruda Happy hearts month!
While my New Year’s Oath, taken in October of last year, was to slow down and enjoy a quieter 2010, Life As I Know It is having none of that. To cope, I have taken up the habit of acquiring new cameras. Plastic ones, to be precise. It all started with Santa,
It’s simple. Twelve months, twelve photographs, twelve meditations. All film.
The Coffee Lab in Hongdae serves fresh roasted beans, a mean affogato and a perfectly quiet Sunday morning.
I moved a large marble table to get the perfect framing. I moved the lever back and forth endlessly until I was certain the focus was perfect. But when I pulled the tab on the polaroid, the film came out sliding on the emulsion and a gooey, unfortunate, light-leaking mess. Not so perfect. On New [...]
Today it snowed the most it’s snowed in seventy years in Seoul.
Sinchon Rotary :: Seoul, Korea December 2009