Ten Years of Wandering

Ten years ago, I went to the Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon for a Day of Mindfulness - a one-day Zen meditation retreat. The monks welcome groups from many different contemplative persuasions to their stunning 1,300-acre sanctuary. Interestingly, they even have a zendo-like meditation space, because their founder was deeply inspired by Eastern philosophy. I've been on retreat there many times, often for four-day silent retreats. I was there the other day and realized I'd been quietly walking the same trails and looking out the meditation hall window at the same lovely trees for a full decade - and it really struck me.

I spent a good portion of my life moving every couple years, bouncing around Asia, changing homes so much I'd often wake up in the night unable to remember which country I was in. Because I grew up in such far flung places, I'd never even revisited a childhood home until recently, when I was back in Korea for a photo festival. To think I've been wandering the same Oregon trails for ten years of my life is kind of amazing. That kind of continuity is not something I'm accustomed to. 

Every time I'm at the Abbey on retreat, I spend about half of each day hiking and photographing. I make quiet little images inspired by my love of the place. Photography really can be a mindfulness practice, a tool to help us appreciate the present moment in a more charged, focused way. So, I tromp around in the puddles, snag my sleeves on blackberry vines, stand and breathe and rejoice when I'm lucky enough to see a buck or hear an owl hoot - and I make photographs that feel like little moments of solace and grace. Once I ran up to the top of the Abbey's mountain and stood exalted, panting, and muddy while the trees swayed above me, and it felt like heaven. Every now and then in my wanderings, I happen upon a humble, DIY shrine tucked away in the woods, the pet project of one of the resident monks. A few colored stones from a fish tank, a woven belt, a baseball hat as a tribute to a monk who loved the game, a crystal hanging from a branch - there's even an old, weathered ironing board in a very out of the way spot with a little shrine set up on it. 

Praying Figure, Woodland Shrine

Praying Figure, Woodland Shrine

One reason the Abbey is so dear to me is that I've seen it change dramatically over time. When I first visited, it was thickly forested with lovely but overgrown "crop" trees from previous landowners who had used it as a tree farm (the monks still practice some forestry on the land, to support their living expenses). A couple years later, they mounted a large-scale restoration project to return some of the land to its original state - a grassland and oak savanna. The first years of the restoration were shocking. They cut the trees and burned the rubble in massive piles that smoked ominously for days and made the ground run black with ash in the rain. It looked post-apocalyptic for a good two or three years. We'd do walking meditation along charred, muddy paths and I'd look out my window at night and see the brush piles glowing red on the hillside. 

Slowly, though, the land came back into itself, as it always does. The savanna began to thrive. The ancient oaks that were choking in the thick of the plantation growth have air and light around them again, and they look magnificent against the open sky. It's amazing what ten years can do.

I've changed a lot in the last decade, too. I was just 29 when I got lost there for the first time, and I'll be 40 later this year. It took me a decade to learn every trail. I love how photography can help us connect more deeply with the places we love. Of course, we can use photography to trace changes in a landscape, but it seems to me it's also a practice that helps us explore the evolution in our lives. I've wandered and photographed at the Abbey when I've been stressed about my work life, giddy on the cusp of a new adventure, heartbroken and isolated, and happily in love. Who knows what the next ten years will bring. Whatever else may happen, I imagine those same quiet trails will be there, patient and welcoming as they always are.

I can faintly hear the hum of the city from inside my home here in Portland. It's comforting to imagine the land out at the Abbey, now quietly settling in for the night. Perhaps there's a light wind in the grass, maybe a few deer are stepping softly along my beloved, familiar paths, maybe the chapel bells are ringing out over the landscape. I often think about the beauty and power of impermanence, and the Abbey is certainly a reminder of change. But, it's also a lovely expression of constancy - at least in the span of my one, small life. As William Stafford wrote, "There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change.....Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don’t ever let go of the thread."

Sakura, Spring at the Abbey

Sakura, Spring at the Abbey

Building a Portfolio - the Organic Way

I thought I'd share a new portfolio today - and chat a bit about how I created it. I surprised myself with this body of work. I made the images over the course of the last two and a half years, without a real plan, and without the awareness that I was even building a portfolio. I just made images of scenes that moved me, scenes that felt charged in some way. A couple weeks ago I realized the photographs belonged together, and I also realized they told an important part of my story.

The last two and a half years were a transitional time for me. I began the series when I was in the thick of a divorce - and finished it surrounded by deep love and happiness. The images are inspired by the meditation instruction to return to the breath, and they're a celebration of the beauty of impermanence. The title comes from the Anapanasati Sutta, also called the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing. It's a very simple, lovely Buddhist sutra about calming the body, coming back to the breath, feeling joy in the body, and realizing the impermanent nature of things. So, the series is called The Full Awareness of Breathing.

I always feel that our images have a lot to teach us, and I definitely have more to learn from this body of work. I'm sure I'll be able to speak about it more fluently at some point in the future, but I thought I'd share the new images with you now. 

You can see the whole series here. I had no idea then that I would develop a whole portfolio from that first little seed of an idea. I just knew I desperately needed to stop, breathe, and relax. The photographs became part of that healing process, and part of my subsequent transformation and growth. It just goes to show that if you photograph a subject you find compelling for long enough, you can wind up with a meaningful group of images. It's an enjoyable, organic working method. There truly doesn't need to be a plan of attack for everything - art thrives in an environment of openness, curiosity, and experimentation. Making this portfolio has been a cathartic, grounding process, and it feels good to share it. Maybe it can even bring you a tiny bit of peace and relaxation. I hope so!

Sending warmth, joy, and creative inspiration your way!
Laura

Spain, Morocco, Portugal!

Wandering in Sevilla, Spain

Wandering in Sevilla, Spain

My sweetheart and I just took a trip to Spain, Morocco, and Portugal. Back home, a major snow storm shut the whole city down for ten days. There was also a flu outbreak so widespread it warranted a CDC advisory. Sheesh. Where we were, it was in the sixties and there were trees full of oranges all over the place. Winning! January is the perfect time to get out of Portland. 

We ate and photographed our way through Barcelona, Sevilla, Cordoba, Rhonda, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Granada, Lisbon, Evora, and Sintra. Highlights included strolling around the Tangier medina eating delicious Moroccan msemen pancakes with peanut butter and honey, visiting the Alhambra, a magnificent 13th century palace fortress, soaking in a hamam with star cutouts in the roof, and seeing the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's ridiculously beautiful church. The light! The way it filtered through the space was unlike anything I'd seen before. Gaudi truly was a visionary.

We heard Fado in Portugal, saw Flamenco dancing in Spain, and caught some great impromptu Flamenco music in a little pub in Sevilla one night. We ate olives at every meal and flipped out about how good the olive oil and honey tasted. Most of the olive oil in the States is adulterated with cheap, plain oils and the honey is often cut with corn syrup and colored (and not labeled accordingly). Google around for info on fake olive oil and honey if you want a sad reality check. It's easy to get used to eating the crummy stuff, so we really enjoyed having the real deal at every meal. Delicious!

We also toured the historic Jewish area of each town we went to. One night we wandered through the narrow cobblestone alleys of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona and saw a man lighting a menorah in the window of a lovely antique store. The glow of the candles, the historic street - a truly beautiful moment. The combined Christian, Muslim, and Jewish history in the area makes it really rich aesthetically and culturally. We fantasized about going back someday and renting a house in a tiny Spanish town for a few months. He'd write a book, I'd write another e-course, we'd improve our Spanish and learn Flamenco guitar. One can dream!

I'll share some of my photographs as I process through them. There are a few in my Full Awareness of Breathing portfolio, though they're not identifiably "of Spain/Morocco/Portugal." When I travel, I typically like to make photographs that describe my experience rather than shooting all the key attractions. So, the pictures are much more interpretive than journalistic. Here are a few of my initial favorites, below.

All in all, a truly lovely adventure!

Alcazar, Sevilla & Henna, Morocco

Alcazar, Sevilla & Henna, Morocco

Morning in Cordoba, Spain

Morning in Cordoba, Spain

Light, Alhambra

Light, Alhambra

Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona

Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona

Notes from the Seoul Train

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I just got back from a trip to Korea for the Daegu Photo Biennale, a great new photo festival about two hours from Seoul. I just had a few weeks back in the States and then I jumped on a plane back to Asia again. It was a little nutty.

There were curators from all over Europe and Asia at the festival, and we spent a couple days meeting with Korean photographers and reviewing their portfolios. Afterwards, I hopped the train back to Seoul and spent a week exploring my old home turf.

I lived in Seoul from the time I was six months old until I was seven, when we moved to Japan. Being there brought back all sorts of memories I didn't know I had. One morning, I walked by a group of ladies practicing Qigong. They had a little boom box playing Arirang, an iconic Korean song. I hadn't heard it since I was a child, but the first few strains brought tears to my eyes. Over the course of the trip I also remembered some Korean words we used when I was a kid, "pali pali!" and "kapshida!" (hurry up and come on). And, I had the chance to visit my childhood home and stand in my old backyard - a truly bizarre experience. It was decrepit and overgrown, and someone along the line thought it was a good idea to add brutalist architectural elements to a traditional Korean home, but it was the same spot. It was the first time I've ever been back to a childhood home. 

The whole trip was fantastic, but I had one perfect day that really stands out. I spent it wandering around the grounds of the historic (16th century) Changdeokgung Palace in the sunshine and strolling through the bustling streets of Seoul eating bean cakes. Heavenly. You know how sometimes you feel grounded, centered, and on top of the world? That's how I felt. I felt at home. It was a gem of a day and I'll carry it with me for a long time. All in all, a wonderful trip!

A little diptych from Changdeokgung Palace

A little diptych from Changdeokgung Palace

Sharing the Love

Just wanted to share a little love today, so I created a slideshow of beautiful student images from past Meditations on Gratitude courses. If you need a little pick-me-up, this might be just the thing. This is just a sampling of the many wonderful images students have made (wish I could share them all!).

I love, love teaching this e-course. Every day, the online classroom is bursting with vibrant student images and stories. Sometimes I get happy tears in my eyes looking at all the heartfelt images students post in the course. It's a lovely counterpoint to all the violence and fear reported in the news. We could all stand to see more joyful photographs, don't you think? It feels healing to be part of a community dedicated to sharing images of things that bring joy into life. It really doesn't get much better than that. It gives me hope. 

The next session of Meditations on Gratitude begins soon. We're going to focus on making images of the things we love, the things we're grateful for, the things that bring us joy. It's a powerful way to infuse the creative practice with more personality and meaning. By the end of the course, you'll be able to surround yourself with images of all the things you're grateful for in life. It's a rich, happy, life-affirming adventure - and I honestly can't wait for it to start up again. If you need a little creative kick-start (or an extra dose of happiness), I'd love you to join me.   

Thanks to all the artists for sharing their work! Click on the first image to enter the slideshow.

Meditations on Gratitude

"Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we're going to be more cheerful in the future, it's because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now."  -Pema Chödrön


I like to think that each click of the shutter is an opportunity to come back to the present - to appreciate something that is happening now. So, photography is essentially a mindfulness practice. It's a tool that can help us bring more awareness and gratitude to our daily lives. Photography can be like a little meditation, in a way.

When your attention is calm, focused, and clear, it also really impacts the images you're able to make. You might notice more details in the way light fills a space, or pick up on subtle nuances of expression and emotion when you're making a portrait. You might really see how your subject interacts with your background, and wind up making stronger compositions. It's helpful to approach photography as a rich personal practice rather than a technical/mechanical exercise. And, when we think about it like this, we're able to make more meaningful images.

I’ll be exploring these ideas in my upcoming e-course, Meditations on Gratitude. The course includes three creative photo meditations each week, audio lectures, essays, interviews, and a healthy dose of feedback and creative support. If you want to get moving with your photography again, or if you'd like to put more intention into your creative work, I'd love you to join me. 

A Picture of Gratitude

I thought I'd share a story about the making of a photograph. It's one of my favorite recent images. To me, it expresses a sense of gratitude and beauty, despite life's messiness. 

I made this image of my 97-year-old grandfather on a recent trip to New York. It was kind of a tough trip. There was a moment when he expressed disdain at a dinner I'd cooked and threw it out the window "for the birds." We weren't in the most beautiful setting, either - but I still happened upon a little moment of beauty and grace that made me happy. I made an audio recording about how I created the image and what it means to me. I adore the idea that we can find (or create!) beauty even in less-than-ideal circumstances, and I hope the story of this image helps you to look at your environment with fresh eyes. Enjoy!

Adventures in Japan

I'm in Japan right now for the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival - a lovely portfolio reviews event in the mountains outside of Kobe. It's truly a destination-location event. The scenery is stunning. I'll be giving portfolio reviews for the next couple days, along with a lecture about portfolio building and a mini workshop for young photographers.

I lived in Japan when I was a kid, but this is the first time I've been back since I was about eleven years old. I'm really looking forward to seeing fresh, contemporary Japanese photography and speaking to photographers about how to promote their work internationally. I'm also using this opportunity to eat as much omochi and ningyoyaki as possible. Because nothing beats pounded rice and bean paste when it comes to comfort food. Oh my, it's good.

Here's a little video about the event, so you can see what I'm up to:

Fantastic robatayaki restaurant in Kobe. Yum!

Fantastic robatayaki restaurant in Kobe. Yum!

Veni, Vidi, Selfie!

Six of my images are included in a sweet little exhibition curated by Douglas Beasley - Beyond the Selfie: Going Deeper into Meaning and Metaphor. The show also includes work by Jenna Erickson, Sheryl Hess, Wing Young Huie, Caitlin Karolczak, Joseph O'Leary, Sarah Rust Sampedro, Manuela Thames, and Douglas Beasley.

I was surprised by the invite for this show - I don't think of myself as a selfie photographer. But, the reality is I've been photographing myself fairly often for the last couple years. I began making selfies during a time of transition in my life, as a way to inhabit and celebrate my body more fully. Using an iPhone instead of my usual medium-format film camera allowed me to make quick, easy, casual images, which added a lovely spontaneity and flexibility to my process. I didn't take the images seriously at first, but I'm growing to appreciate the new language of mobile photography. I'm not trading in my Rollei just yet, but it has been enriching to play with a different medium. In Minnesota? Stop by for the show, on view June 6th - July 14th at White Bear Center for the Arts. You can also view more of my selfies and mobile snaps on my Instagram page.

Beyond the Selfie exhibition at White Bear Center for the Arts

Beyond the Selfie exhibition at White Bear Center for the Arts

Speaking of selfies, an exhibition I curated with colleague and friend Laura Moya is currently showing at LightBox Photographic. The show is entitled The Elevated Selfie: Beyond the Bathroom Mirror. Clearly, we had a psychic connection with Doug Beasley when planning this exhibit. 

The show includes the work of 35 wonderful artists, along with narratives about their lives. Not only do the images really transcend the expected, the narratives bring home the fact that making selfies can be a profound and cathartic practice. 

The Elevated Selfie will be on view at LightBox Photographic until June 7th and will then travel to the Griffin Museum of Photography for an exhibition July 12th - September 16th. 

Spring Retreat

March 25th - 27th, Hidden Lake Retreat

My spring retreat is just around the corner! The retreat is an opportunity to slow down and nourish your photographic practice in a beautiful, peaceful setting near Mt. Hood. Our weekend will include in-depth discussions on aligning the creative process with personal values and experience, finding the creative voice, and making photographs that go beyond “pretty” pictures. We'll also explore guided relaxation and mindfulness meditation practices designed to deepen the quality of attention we bring to creative work. The weekend will center on reinvigorating artists uncertain about their next steps in order to bring new focus and energy to their practice. There's still time to register if you'd like to join me.

Guatemala Adventure

Our Critical Mass Top 50 exhibition at Casa Santo Domingo

Our Critical Mass Top 50 exhibition at Casa Santo Domingo

It's been a whirlwind over here. I got home from China and hopped on a plane a just couple days later for the GuatePhoto International Photography Festival in Guatemala. We presented our Critical Mass Top 50 exhibition at a stunning venue in Antigua. Casa Santo Domingo was built on top of the stone ruin of an ancient monastery. It's breathtaking. The whole town is gorgeous, historic, and brilliantly picturesque. GuatePhoto planned a number of tours and events for our little group of curators, so we got to see a nice variety of galleries and museums while we were there.

It was a little intense to be in Guatemala. I've traveled all over the world, and have almost always felt safe. In Guatemala it was a little different. I'd heard it was dangerous before I went, but I assumed it was mostly hype and we'd feel safe when we got there. I assumed the locals would feel safe and comfortable in their own city - but it turns out they don't. 

We arrived at the Guatemala City airport late at night and all the shops inside were closed. A driver for the photo festival was waiting for us at the curb and we asked him if we could stop for water on the way to Antigua, where we were staying (it's about an hour away). He said it was too dangerous to stop - we had to drive straight through. We saw a burning car by the side of the road as we drove through the dark, deserted streets leading out of the city. I later read about a van that was stopped and attacked on that very road recently - everyone on board was killed.

A couple days later, we were taken back to Guatemala City for a gallery tour. Each gallery has a guard standing out front with a big machine gun across his chest. We were shepherded around by nervous guides who were very careful to keep our group close together. It was nerve wracking, but we did have a chance to see some truly top-notch photography by vibrant young Guatemalan artists. The art scene is thriving. We also had a hopeful chat with one of the event staff members who told us artists were freer to express themselves than they had been in the past.

Despite the challenges, the folks at GuatePhoto put on a wonderful event. I ate well, met lovely curators and photographers from around the world, gave a little lecture one day, gave portfolio reviews another day, and had fun poking around Antigua with my camera. It's such a culturally rich, vibrant place. Hopefully the political situation will continue to improve and it will become a safer spot to travel. 

A little snap from the market in Antigua.

A little snap from the market in Antigua.

At the lovely El Convento Hotel where I stayed.

At the lovely El Convento Hotel where I stayed.

Lishui Photography Festival


I just got back from a trip to China for the Lishui International Photography Festival. I'd been invited to curate a documentary portraiture exhibition, so I went to assist with the installation and attend the opening. The event is amazing. It's a city-wide photography extravaganza: exhibitions, lectures, seminars, and photo ops abound. They even had dancing dragons and special-effects smoke at the opening ceremony (we might need to up our game at Photolucida). 

I decided to focus my image selections on Critical Mass finalists and Top 50 artists from the last few years. Photolucida's CM archives are bursting with incredible talent, so I had rich resources to draw from. The resulting exhibition, entitled "Violence, Resilience, and the Human Spirit," included striking works by Leslie Alsheimer, Noah David Bau, Ben Brody, Claudio Cambon, Calvin Chen, Kirk Crippens, Scott Dalton, Natan Dvir, Alinka Echeverria, Gloria Baker Feinstein, Michelle Frankfurter, Patricia Galagan, Matthew Goddard-Jones, Carlos Gonzalez, Toni Greaves, Tamsin Green, Satu Haavisto, Deborah Hamon, Lucia Herrero, Stella Johnson, Corinna Kern, Meeri Koutaniemi, Ikuru Kuwajima, Alvaro Laiz, Jimmy Lam, Gloriann Liu, Rania Matar, David Pace, Ohm Phanphiroj, Walker Pickering, Jessica Eve Rattner, Reiner Riedler, Gilles Roudiere, Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Michelle Sank, Alix Smith, Jeffrey Stockbridge, Ilona Szwarc, Iveta Vaivode, Xiaoxiao Xu, and Ji Yeo.

Here's a little video of the opening ceremony. The pomp! The circumstance! It was such a treat. Take a look:

Summer Retreat

It's lovely to slow down and get off the grid every now and then. I just got back from teaching my summer retreat at the Still Meadow Retreat Center in Damascus, OR. We had a fantastic group of creative photographers, gorgeous weather, delicious meals, and plenty of time to rest, explore the land with our cameras, and chat about the creative process.

Throughout the weekend, we focused on intentionally slowing the pace of our photography (instead of making quickie little "grab and go" shots). We talked about beauty in photography, using photography as a tool for personal inquiry, and bringing a deeper quality of attention to our image-making. Overall, the weekend felt like a much-needed breather, and I know I'll lead more photography retreats in the future. That sublime combination of quiet, natural beauty, and open creative time is hard to beat. 

Hope you can join me on a future retreat!     

A Panel Discussion

I'll be moderating a panel discussion at the Oregon Historical Society next Thursday evening (1/22). If you're in the Portland area, I'd love you to join me for the event. This is a great opportunity to hear from some of the artists in the exhibition I curated, "Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape." You'll also be able to tour the exhibit while you're there. The photographs are beautiful, the artists are engaging, smart, and attractive (right, artists?), and we promise to put on a good show. 

The event is for OHS members only, so it's the perfect time to support the organization and join. They do invaluable work to keep our regional history alive and accessible. RSVP to events@ohs.org.

Hope to see you there!
Laura 

Early Works Travels to Boston

Images by (clockwise from top left): Rich Frishman, Michael Jang, Zoltan Jokay, Hannah Kozak, Lewis Koch, and Ann Kendelle

Images by (clockwise from top left): Rich Frishman, Michael Jang,
Zoltan Jokay, Hannah Kozak, Lewis Koch, and Ann Kendelle

Early Works is on the move again!

About two years ago, colleague and friend Laura Moya and I got the idea to mount an exhibition of childhood photographs by contemporary photographers. We put out a call for entries and gathered together a wonderful selection of images and stories by 34 fantastic artists. On January 22nd, Early Works will be opening in Boston at the Photographic Resource Center. This will be the exhibition's fifth stop on a national tour that has included galleries in Portland, San Francisco, Fort Collins, and Philadelphia. We thought we were putting on just one little show, but it snowballed! The show has also garnered a fair amount of press recently - it was written up in the Boston Globe and featured on Lenscratch.  

If you're in the Boston area, stop by the PRC for a visit. They have a whole host of events lined up for the month, including an online show of "early works" by their members and an additional exhibition of childhood images by Boston-area photography luminaries. Early Works will be on display through March 15th. 

See the entire exhibition online here.

Learn more about the Photographic Resource Center exhibition here.

Early Works in the Boston Globe. Image courtesy of PRC.

Early Works in the Boston Globe. Image courtesy of PRC.

Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape

The exhibition I curated for the Oregon Historical Society is now open! Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape highlights the work of ten wonderful photographers - Bobby Abrahamson, Jody Ake, Steven Beckly, Susan Bein, Chris Bennett, Thomas Homolya, Joseph Glasgow, Christine Laptuta, Stu Levy, and Raymond Meeks. 

Here's my statement for the show:

Romantic notions of “The West” drew many of these artists to Oregon. They came seeking wide-open spaces and the spirit of adventure and exploration, just like so many on westward journeys before them.

The images presented in the exhibition are a creative counterpoint to more familiar vernacular and commercial views. Each photograph is an emotional, personal response to the landscape and the moods it evokes. They are a reminder that artists play a key role in creating our shared history, and in shaping how we will remember it.

Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape also draws from the artists’ personal collections and Oregon Historical Society’s extensive artifact collection to foster a rich, contextual examination of our regional landscape and the artists who interpret it. 

The show will be open until May 17th, 2015, so there's plenty of time to stop by for a visit. And, save the date - on January 22nd I'll be moderating a panel discussion with some of the artists, followed by a reception. Stay tuned for more details.

Oregon Landscapes: Call for Images

Image: Bobby Abrahamson (Hells Canyon Dam)

Image: Bobby Abrahamson (Hells Canyon Dam)

This year, I've been curating a landscape photography exhibition for the Oregon Historical Society. "Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape" opens on November 8th and runs through mid-May, 2015. The show features ten artists: Bobby Abrahamson, Jody Ake, Steven Beckly, Susan Bein, Chris Bennett, Thomas Homolya, Joseph Glasgow, Christine Laptuta, Stu Levy, and Raymond Meeks. 

Here's the fun part - you can be a part of the show! Throughout the six-month exhibit, there will be a slideshow displaying images sent in by the community. In keeping with the theme of the show, images must be landscape photographs taken in the lovely state of Oregon. Not an Oregon resident? That's okay! If you've visited the state and have images to share, you may participate. How to submit? Simply post your images on Instagram tagged with #ohsplace. I'll be curating the slideshow continuously, selecting new images to add to the big screen at OHS.

The show doesn't open until November, but you can begin submitting your Instagram images at any time. The more, the merrier! Selected images will be screened with photographers' Instagram names during the exhibition. Mountains, molehills, sparkling rivers, pristine deserts, environmental degradation, images of the elusive Sasquatch foraging in the woods - you name it, I want to see it! I can't wait to see your photographs of Oregon. 

Onward!

Laura

p.s. There is no real deadline for entering your images. I'll be adding new images to the slideshow throughout the exhibition. So, there's plenty of time to submit!

Remembering to Breathe

Recently, in the thick of some major life stresses (divorce, a very sick father, and huge professional deadlines), I picked up my camera and pretended to go on a meditation retreat. A little silly, sure - but it helped me feel happy and creative, which is just what I needed. Today, I recorded a little audio about the process of making the images. Click play to begin.

Early Works in Philly

Early Works, the exhibition I curated with the lovely Laura Moya, is on the road again! It will be showing at the Sol Mednick Galleryat the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from August 22nd to September 19th. In the Philly area? Stop by for a look. The show is a collection of images taken by contemporary photographers when they were children - paired with narratives about each piece.

Not in Philly? You can also view the entire exhibit online.