We’re missing the lakehouse this year, which has sort of become a 4th of July tradition with our friends, the Jensens, over the last couple of years. I know they’re missing it this year too.
Acura, the car brand, publishes a quarterly lifestyle, travel and design magazine for their customer base (a distribution of 850,000 – hey, not bad!) and asked me to submit some photos for consideration for one of their photo essay stories. The lakehouse story was chosen for a 4 page spread and was published this Spring (along with a nice paycheck. Yay for paying photographers for their work!).
Happy 4th of July! We’re going to try and catch some fireworks.
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Mia took this photo of me with a Kodak Brownie film camera that my friend Jill lent her when we went to Governor’s Island a few weekends ago. I like it. I’ll show you my photos next week.
I’ve lost steam on posting this week. I don’t really have anything to say. I suppose things come and go in waves and I’m on a downturn (also, I’ve been sick). It certainly isn’t because of lack of time. I think I’ve grown accustomed to being slammed with multiple projects and working 15 hr days, then nothing at all for a month and then to back to being slammed, rather than this drawn out schedule of working 5 or so hours a day. My current project is dictating the pace. Not really sure how to handle my time. I’m not being as productive as I’d like, even though I would have killed to have a more balanced work schedule such as this when I was working way too many hours. But this is how it always goes…it’s almost easier to be more productive when you’re slammed because you’re already on a roll. But these days? I just want to watch concert videos on YouTube and eat pie.
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I don’t know why it takes so long to get a new Mixed Race Project feature up (no, scratch that…I do know why), but I’m excited to introduce Leslie & Hank’s family from Long Beach, California. I was particularly excited to have the opportunity to photograph a family with older kids while we were out in LA earlier this year and both Leslie and Hank were so thoughtful with their interview questions. I hope you enjoy their feature as much I had the pleasure of meeting them.
Every time I publish a new family, it gives me renewed energy for the project. I may not have the time to devote to it as I’d like and it may take forever to get a new family feature up, but going through the photos and reading through the written interviews gives it a renewed purpose and reminds me why I started the project in the first place. As we do every year, we’ll be out in the Pacific Northwest this August. If you live in Portland or Olympia (
I think we have Seattle covered! I may still be looking for a Seattle family) and would be interested in participating in the Mixed Race Project, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Some outtakes from Instagram of LA.
Sometimes I like these photos more than the ones my fancy expensive camera takes. Maybe because it captures the same spirit of those polaroids that I have from my own childhood. It certainly seems more spontaneous and inconspicuous than lugging a huge heavy camera around…
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I’m excited to introduce the first family in this series that features parents who are also of mixed race. Both Margaret and Loren are half-Asian/ half Caucasian and they live in Queens, NY.
I think there is a point in any ongoing project where you start losing focus and you start having doubts. I’m not sure if I’ve reached that point quite yet, but I have been feeling it to some degree. What is this for? Who am I doing this project for? When will I know when it’s “done”?
It’s taken a lot of time and coordination to schedule and get each story done. It’s always a bit intimidating to enter into a stranger’s home and photograph them at some of their intimate family moments. I mean, it’s strange. But by the time I leave the photoshoot, I feel like I know them a little.
So I don’t know where this is going, if anywhere at all. I know I have more to learn and that is motivation in itself. I guess I’ll keep on going…
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Like many people, I’ve been using Instagram a lot more these days to capture snapshots as I move through my day, especially when I’m outside. Beats lugging around a big camera. Seems freeing and I feel like I’m more likely to take street scenes with my phone than I would if I were whipping out a huge camera. There’s a calmness to these shots. Even in a big bustling city, it’s possible to find quiet corners and alleys.
2. Night time in the East Village, 9th street
3. The Cooper Union building, my old art college.
4. A cobblestone street at the edge of Soho/Chinatown
5. Woodside, Queens
6. A corner in our Brooklyn neighborhood
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