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Rwanda and Congo

Golden statue of a Congolese on a chukudu, contemplating the next eruption. In 2010 I traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, to visit a friend living there on a Fulbright scholarship. This was the farthest I’d been from home, either culturally or as the crow flies (definitely as the Qatar Airways flight …

Rome

When I visited Rome as a teenager, on a coast-to-coast bike tour way back in the 20th century, I was taken in by the magic. When I returned in 2015, I felt more subsumed than taken in; almost everywhere I went I was part of a tide of foreign tourists, …

Paris

If I had to choose between the beauty and the weirdness of great faraway cities, I’d take the weirdness any day. Happily there’s no need to choose. The situation is really no different in close-to-home cities and non-cities, great or small. But travel seems to heighten one’s awareness of details, …

Sub/Culture Adenda

While photographing for the Sub/Culture project, I got curious about the video monitors hanging above the platforms. These are for helping the conductors see the far ends of the train before closing the doors, but they look like surveillance apparatus. The noisy picture quality and battered metal helps, lending an …

Dead Plushies

Here’s a typical un-project: a group of images born in the editing process, given shape, meaning, narrative, etc. entirely retrospectively. I suspect almost everyone with a camera works like this, at least sometimes. Many don’t work any other way. Did Gary Winogrand ever set out to do a project, in …

Future Ads

And now for your viewing pleasure, a failed experiment. In 2012 and 2013, I was spending a lot of time in the subways with a camera around my neck, working on the project that would become Sub/Culture. I started noticing where the ads weren’t … the painted black rectangles that …

This blog is a bit of an experiment, to make room for ideas that are less groomed and primped than a formal essay, but maybe more thoughtful (or labored, or longwinded) than what suits a tweet or Facebook post. I’m likewise hoping to share photographs that don’t quite feel like …