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The Wall Street Journal sent me to photograph a family dinner with Fabio Trabocchi, a James Beard Award winner and owner of DC restaurants Fiola and Casa Luca. They wanted to see how the master chef passes on cooking practices to his children, and I was excited to see the view from the awesome patio at their downtown DC condo. (Jokes aside) It was an honor to watch the chef at work, even on a simple roasted fish. I found pleasure in cooking through my past years of veganism and Chef Trabocchi’s approach was a wonderful reminder that simple doesn’t mean bland, nor does delicious mean complicated.

So. Many. Costumes.

I’ve just returned from an overwhelming weekend at San Diego Comic-Con on assignment for Getty Images and AARP. Before I turn in for a few solid days of catch-up sleep, I wanted to post a few highlights from the weekend. AARP is running my interviews from the con on their Instagram feed (@aarpphoto) which you should check out!

It’s been a pretty amazing honeymoon so far, with the nice folks in Paris even putting on a huge fireworks show for us on July 14th. So thoughtful! Not sure what “bastille” means, but I’m just gonna go ahead and assume it’s french for “congratulations, here’s a big fireworks show exclusively in your honor and thanks for coming to Paris on your honeymoon.” Yeah, it’s gotta be something like that.

Bad jokes aside, here’s a little preview as the honeymoon winds to a close. Sarah and I will be back to the real world very soon, when I will have more images from our stops along the way and some film (!!) to process and scan and then forget about for six months add to the blog/field notes tumblr.

This is my mom, or rather what’s left of my mom when an expired 4x5 sheet fails to perform.
…on second thought, that’s about exactly as well as I should expect expired film to perform.

I’ve used a handful of expired rolls (this was my first try with sheet film) since I started dabbling with film some 6 years ago. It’s a surprise when an expired roll works and produces some faded or shifted colors I couldn’t have dreamed of. Every now and then a roll would come back from the lab blank, often with an ethereal blue cast and the slightest hint of shapes in the emulsion. It’s almost like there’s a color for lost moments: that faded chemical blue. 

It’s a color that evokes a double feeling of loss: the images are gone, with perhaps only a fragment left to salvage if you’re lucky. And that moment was lost as well, not lived and remembered but rather photographed. And if the photograph is gone what remains of that moment?

This is my mom, or rather what’s left of my mom when an expired 4x5 sheet fails to perform.
…on second thought, that’s about exactly as well as I should expect expired film to perform.

I’ve used a handful of expired rolls (this was my first try with sheet film) since I started dabbling with film some 6 years ago. It’s a surprise when an expired roll works and produces some faded or shifted colors I couldn’t have dreamed of. Every now and then a roll would come back from the lab blank, often with an ethereal blue cast and the slightest hint of shapes in the emulsion. It’s almost like there’s a color for lost moments: that faded chemical blue.

It’s a color that evokes a double feeling of loss: the images are gone, with perhaps only a fragment left to salvage if you’re lucky. And that moment was lost as well, not lived and remembered but rather photographed. And if the photograph is gone what remains of that moment?

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View from the passenger window from my ongoing, tentatively titled ‘Greetings from Virginia’ series

View from the passenger window from my ongoing, tentatively titled ‘Greetings from Virginia’ series

We added to the family over the holidays early this year, adopting a pair of kitten brothers. I shot little snippets of their first time exploring their new home, because, y’know, you can’t resist the siren call to put cats online.

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Happy to announce that this image, from my personal work ‘Gather’, has been recognized by AP30! It’s wonderful to be included in the collection of photographers this year, some of whom I’m honored to consider friends.

Happy to announce that this image, from my personal work ‘Gather’, has been recognized by AP30! It’s wonderful to be included in the collection of photographers this year, some of whom I’m honored to consider friends.

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