Photography Journal

A summary of all the journal entries I’ve written around photography, my inspirations, successes, and failures.

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Choosing Cyanotype Paper

Feb 24, 2020(edit)

While you could get precoated cyanotype paper, it’s not difficult to prepare your own. The benefit of making it yourself is the freedom to choose your paper type and paper size. There are four considerations when choosing paper: weight, archival quality, roughness, and size. I’ll discuss each one as well as give you my three favorite papers.… View More

What is a Cyanotype?

Feb 17, 2020(edit)

When I show my artwork to friends and people who’ve never seen antique photographs, this question is usually the first they ask: what is a cyanotype?… View More

Artist Date: Getty Center, Los Angeles

Feb 10, 2020(edit)

What is an artist date? It’s a practice I learned from The Artist Way by Julia Margaret Cameron. It’s where you take your inner artist out on a “date” to replenish the well of inspiration. This time, I go to the Getty Center.… View More

2020 Goals

Feb 3, 2020(edit)

I tried “non-goals” last year. That didn’t work. This year I’m going back to defining specific goals. This is the first year where I don’t have a full time job. I quit to pursue art. I’m proud of achieving this life milestone and taking the leap into the unknown.… View More

2019 Year in Review

Jan 27, 2020(edit)

It’s almost the end of January and I’m just doing a 2019 year end review! Better late than never. Last year, I wrote the following goals in my journal: Retire.… View More

From Raw Material to Dream

Jun 24, 2019(edit)

Photography has a disadvantage of being based on reality. Something has to be in front of the camera for a photograph to result. If this is a negative, why is photography my chosen medium? For precisely the same reason—that photography is based on reality.… View More

The World Under Construction

Jun 9, 2019(edit)

One disadvantage of using a camera is that it is tied to the real world. Other art forms don’t suffer from this disadvantage. A painter can put anything on canvas. The same for a writer. Both could imagine things and put them down. Not so for a photographer.… View More

May 2019 Studio Update

Jun 3, 2019(edit)

I spent the last two months doing storyboarding for part III of A Millions Suns trilogy. The result of all this work is an image shoot list that I aim to complete in the next 6 months. Now that I’m done with storyboarding, I’m switching gears.… View More


May 13, 2019(edit)

I just posted an art project entitled Archaeology. I’m intrigued by the idea that everyone has one story to tell, and that he tells this story over and over again in many different variations in future work. Photographer Gregory Crewdson said this in an interview once,… View More

“Alexa, Start My Studio Session”

Apr 15, 2019(edit)

To increase productivity in the studio, I started looking at Alexa–the conversational, voice-controlled artificial intelligent assistant from Amazon. It’s amazing. I see how it could be useful for people. There is a magic to Alexa beyond the robotic voice. I’m using… View More

My Cyanotype Prints Featured

Apr 12, 2019(edit)

Thank you to Christina Anderson for featuring my work in her new book, Cyanotype The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice. This book is now available through Focal Press or amazon.… View More

Big Changes Are Coming

Apr 7, 2019(edit)

I’m quitting my job to devote more time to my art. I’ve been thinking about quitting, and it’s finally happening. I saved enough money that I don’t have to worry. I did a lot of financial modelling (like this retirement calculator for artists) to make sure that I would be ok.… View More

Artist Date: Centre Pompidou, Paris

Aug 12, 2018(edit)

Visiting the Centre Pompidou in Paris is like walking into a textbook. Photographs important to the history of photography were left, right, and center. Works I Loved There’s the work by Eugene Atget, famous for his atmospheric photographs of Paris.… View More

Artist Date: Artscape, Baltimore

Jul 23, 2018(edit)

The Baltimore School for the Arts, a well-known art high school in Baltimore, even had a How to Make Cyanotype demo and exhibit. That was a surprise. I looked at each print, to see if there was some effect or technique I could use in my work. [[insertimage… View More

Artist Date: Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Jul 15, 2018(edit)

This is the second of three articles that I’m writing about Paris when I was there at the end of June. This post is about Musee D’Orsay, which I think is one of the most beautiful museums I’ve ever been in. It used to be a train station. I love how spacious and airy it is.… View More

Impromptu Residency (Day 5)

Jul 7, 2018(edit)

An unexpected break at work led to a 5-day burst of art making. I called it the “impromptu residency.” Also, I decided to blog about it everyday. This post is day 5. You can read day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4 here. By day 5, I actually felt run down. I usually… View More

Impromptu Residency (Day 4)

Jul 6, 2018(edit)

Day 4 was hard. The euphoria of this impromptu residency dissipated, and I sailed into the doldrums. I’m on a journey after all, and the wind kind of disappeared. You can read day 1, day 2, and day 3 here. So what happened on day 4? Bostick & Sullivan Cyanotype… View More

Impromptu Residency (Day 3)

Jul 5, 2018(edit)

This post is a recap of day 3 of my impromptu residency. You can read day 1 and day 2 here. Toning with Baking Soda For day 3, I decided to keep experimenting with toning cyanotype using every day materials. Yesterday was bleach, and today baking soda. I’ve never tried baking soda because… View More

Impromptu Residency (Day 2)

Jul 4, 2018(edit)

In looking at these prints, there’s not enough contrast. The prints look faded. I will have to work on that if I’m going to use this layering process in the future. Experimenting with Value I also wanted to see how different concentrations of bleach and water affect the tones of a cyanotype print.… View More

Impromptu Residency (Day 1)

Jul 3, 2018(edit)

My day job unexpectedly gave Monday and Tuesday off prior to the July 4th US holiday (Wednesday). I then decided, why not take Thursday and Friday as vacation days? That’s what I did, so I’m off for the entire week!This opportunity is pretty rare for me, so I’m taking advantage by doing a 5-day… View More

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