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Here’s why I’m thankful for film this Thanksgiving

I returned home to wade through plenty of my own personal baggage that I encountered during my time at Standing Rock. It's been heavy and not at all comfortable witnessing this unfolding of events. I...

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Standing Rock: Examining my bias

As a photographer it's my job not just to re-create what I see in the world around me but to take some responsibility for my interpretation of it. This fact made the task of remaining unbiased while...

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I’m going to Standing Rock, ND–here’s why.

I'm not political but I'll give it a whirl for a moment. I don't rant incessantly about who is ruining the country or who should fix it. I'm pretty sure that's what voting is for--a place to...

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The Ugly Camera Challenge: minimalism in photography

It's nearly that time of year when all of our camera gear suddenly becomes too limited and obsolete--usually as a result of proximity to Black Friday sales. I've watched the #OptOutside initiative...

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banff national park climbing

Why I’m done dwelling on diabetes

Our identity is the first to suffer the complications of diabetes. It changes how we see ourselves--normalcy and belonging grow distant. Limitations germinate quietly like mold beneath the...

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here's a story about why I'm trying a modified Ketogenic diet

Why I’m trying a modified Ketogenic diet

A little over a year ago I was bored. I was working in an office environment and not able to get out climbing. I wanted to try something to shake up my routine despite the obvious constraints. I...

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you should carry a camera

You should carry a camera-here’s why

With smartphone technology constantly improving, it may seem odd to say that 'you should carry a camera'. The camera, as a standalone device may soon become a relic in the world of unprofessional...

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Souvenirs from the road

In case my most recent posts about life on the road have been too dark or self indulgent here is something different. This post is a collection of photographs and frozen moments that I believe to be...

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chasing failure and dealing with risk in artistry

Chasing failure

If the project I'm doing is guaranteed to work then it's probably not worth doing. I appreciate the tolerance shown by my readers over the last week as I have been unpacking the failure of the full...

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Love it for what it is covington coffee in covington kentucky near cincincatti ohio

Love it for what it is

A little over a week ago I sat behind the wheel of my Toyota 4Runner watching the endless miles of red desert that border I-70 disappear behind our little 13 foot trailer. This our home--once our...

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north carolina smokey mountains sunrise shot with sony rx100 mark 4

We don’t need no inspiration

One only needs to do a quick glance at social media to see that there is no shortage of people creating inspiring work and sharing inspiring stories. So what's missing? In the few years since I...

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camping with kids

Adjusting expectations

The stories we tell ourselves determine what we create from our objective reality. For example: the fact that I have diabetes is objective--not a matter of perception or interpretation. On the other...

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Photos from the Northeast Ridge of Bugaboo Spire

I'm not going to try and post all of my photos from the Northeast Ridge of Bugaboo Spire here because that would leave us both with an improbable task; me of uploading and organizing everything and...

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