This photo series explores the quiet weekend hours that break up one workweek from another. I got to hang out with Shelby at her beautiful place as she walked me through some of her weekend rituals. Out of everyone I know, Shelby is one of the most calming personalities. Even when her mind is a buzz with ideas, she is able to maintain an equilibrium; I admire these personality traits beyond words.
Early Saturday day mornings are so special to me. During those quiet hours you get to see what your apartment looks like with sunlight. Most weekday mornings, people pet their cats and run out of their houses while it’s still dark. It’s easy to forget the comfortable corners of our respective dwellings. Saturday mornings remind us that these nooks make our places our homes.
I spend most of my Sunday mornings in my kitchen. I make the perfect breakfast and plate it like I am about to serve it at a restaurant. Over the years, I have learned to allow small breaks in my weeks. These pauses let me come up with new ideas and give me a chance to work on projects that didn’t get enough attention throughout the week. Some of my best thinking happens on Sunday mornings.
The Bell Choir before this wedding ceremony set the tone for such a beautiful wedding to come. I am including a photo teaser here of Katey and Eric’s gorgeous wedding. Weddings are such personal and intimate affairs and a couple’s personality shines through every aspect of a wedding. It was so incredible to see these families come together. (more…)
Khalid Angela Exchange
The final product from the May 2016 collaboration with Angela.
This reminds me of those long runs when you keep repeating a mantra. After a few miles everything starts happening in a beautiful rhythm of your cadence, your breathing, and you heartbeats.
Angela Southern and I are launching a new collaborative project. If you haven’t seen her work already, be sure to check out her portfolio
. She is an absolutely incredible lettering artist and illustrator. We have known each other for years and I am so excited to bring our work together. Every month, we will be working from one prompt and creating a joint piece at the end. I will be sharing these collaborations here on my blog and on Instagram
A photo of Dr. Mona (she goes by her first name) outside Hurley Children’s Center in Flint.
My camera brings me across some incredible personalities. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s name is synonymous with “Flint Water Crisis”—her research blew the lid off the lead poisoning of thousands of people in Flint. She has been interviewed on CNN
about her work, written for the New York Times
, and most recently named one of the Time’s 2016 100 most influential people
. A few weeks after her research findings were announced, I was asked to go to Flint to photograph her for an Inspirational Woman of the Year Award.
Before arriving, I knew I would have just a few minutes with Dr. Mona. However, as soon as I shook her hand, I felt a sense of calm. I’m grateful for her time spent taking portraits amidst a day of her clinical obligations. Sometimes, I have a very small window to tell someone’s story. In the little bit of time we had together, these photos were my impression of Dr. Mona.
Here are two photos from my last trip to NYC. I drove across the country with my parents and sisters to surprise my brother at his favorite restaurant. It was a really memorable trip—almost too memorable for me to be behind a camera the whole time. After we found him, I was walking through the city and came across the building on the left. I loved how the clouds were rolling over us and I knew that film would have enough dynamic range to capture the building and the bright sky. That was the last photo on that roll. Right after the exposure, I huddled down to replace the film. My next shot was the photo on the right. It wasn’t until I saw my film scans that I realized how these images perfectly mirror each other. Even the clouds in each photo seem to blend together across these frames.
The time it takes to receive your film scans from the lab is perfect for inducing deja vu. It is almost like they wait to scan the images till this tipping point just beyond a fading memory. I have been traveling with only my film photography gear for the last few trips. Film makes me shoot a lot less and I get better at remembering my environment aside from the camera’s viewfinder. Ask any film photographer and they will tell you about the joy of receiving your scans.
Once in a while, those scans reveal correlations like this one. I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.
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P.S. I am writing this blog post from a coffee shop in Portland, OR. Just as you start forgetting about this post, I will upload photos from my current trip to the Pacific Northwest.