Photography Category

Slowly Becoming an Instagram Junkie

I’ve been playing a lot these days with Instagram, the popular photo sharing program recently acquired by Facebook.  I’m usually not one for gimmicky iPhone apps, but I must say that I enjoy exploring what I can do using one of Instagram’s 16 digital filters.  Best of all, the app is free and makes it easy […]

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One Year in Japan – A Photo Essay

It goes without saying that 2011 was a difficult year for everyone in Japan.  As the country continues to mend in 2012, I hope the rest of the world does not forget the beauty that is everywhere here. In 12 months, through four distinct seasons and an emotionally impactful year, it is Japan that taught me […]

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Fukuoka’s Tsukurimon festival

One of the best parts of exploring a new culture and country is seeing things you never thought imaginable.  I encountered this feeling of awe when I took the train to Fukuoka, Toyama in September to see the Tsukurimon festival, an event devoted to creating art out of produce.  Here are some memorable pictures from the […]

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Japan’s Owara Kaze no Bon Festival

The first Japanese festival I attended was the Owara Kaze no Bon Festival in the quiet mountain town of Yatsuo, in Toyama, Japan.  Last September, I was still very new to Japan, and attending Owara was my first venture in Toyama alone.  I was a little nervous but proud to be discovering a new country […]

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Spring in Japan

In Chicago, my favorite time of year was probably Fall, a season I always associated with bright colors on trees and new beginnings.  I always looked forward to the new school year and often thought about goals and the person I wanted to become at the end of the school term. Now that I am […]

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