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Going Big With the Olympus EM1 MkII

For more than six years, I co-hosted a weekly photography podcast called On Taking Pictures, and for nearly the entire duration of the show, there was a running joke centered around my “search” for a new camera. Since 2012, I’ve…

Bread and Paper

For years, my favorite bread at Trader Joe’s was what they called “Tuscan Pane.” It was a hearty bread, without being too dense — think of a cross between a good sourdough and a ciabatta. It had great flavor and…

Elliott Erwitt’s New York/Paris Box Set [Review]

NOTE: This review first appeared on Faded & Blurred. “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything…

A Series of Fits and Starts

Hello there and welcome to the very first installment (we could even call it a public beta, hence the “Issue 0”) of ITERATIONS, my mostly weekly brain dump of thoughts, inspiration and ideas. I’m not exactly sure what it’s going to…

Senza Parole: Marc Lagrange [Review]

Sumptuous isn’t a word you might typically associate with a photo book, but paging through Senza Parole, the unintentional swan song by the late Belgian photographer Marc Lagrange, you realize that even sumptuous may fail to adequately describe the lush…

Exactly Where I Need to be

“Hang on tightly, let go lightly.” It’s what Clive Owen’s character Jack said to himself as he sold the car his father bought for him in the film Croupier. It’s also what I said to myself as I stood in…

Berlin Mirimalism: Miri Berlin

One of the more fantastic — and frankly, unexpected — byproducts of celebrating the people whose work I find interesting or inspiring is that occasionally, I am asked to collaborate in some way on a particular project. The most recent…

It’s Gonna be Okay

One of the first memories I have of my dad is the sound of his voice telling me “It’s okay. It’s gonna be okay.” I was sitting in the back of his 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser, which was beginning to…

Ship it Good

I got a direct message from a listener a week or so ago that I’ve been thinking about ever since. He wrote to me to ask me if I had ever heard of a particular podcast — specifically, the podcast…

Chasing Dragons [Review]

“At six, I did not have (or need) discreet language. I possessed insatiable sense and sight. Pure seeing. This was the experience of meaning and moment, sensation that went directly to feeling before it became tethered by brain and thought.”…

Think Tank Trifecta 8 [Review]

As with the debate over Mac vs. PC or Canon vs. Nikon, there are any number of photography forum sites littered with the noise of impassioned discussions on the merits and failures of shoulder bags, sling packs and traditional backpacks…

Doug, Country Music, and a Dozen Eggs

“Just because something’s old don’t mean it’s outta style.” – Doug Eaton, Kensington Television Service Just north of Washington DC is the town of Kensington, Maryland. Part of Montgomery County, it began in 1873 as Knowles Station, a stop on…

Miss Scarlet and Miss Brown

One of the things I’ve really loved about visiting Washington DC is the ability to walk so many places—something that I seldom get the chance to do in the sprawling suburbs ouside of Los Angeles. I’ve been to DC three times and…