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Monthly Archives: November 2009

It’s Not You, America. It’s Me

Senior class Photos “There’s nothing wrong with you, it’s me,” is the unimaginative white lie tacked onto the end of too many relationships. Last time I said it was at a wine bar in Edinburgh during their Festival ten years …

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Dinner with Graham Greene

Sketching in a Cemetery, Paris 1998 Recently I headed to my favorite local cafe for a dinner break with a slim book, The Quiet American by Graham Greene. I looked forward to some good background music and a healthy fresh …

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Paper Mistresses

Ms. Sompat peels paper from the mold This woman is one of the first papermakers to set up a professional mill in her region of Lampang, northern Thailand. I met her earlier this year when I travelled through Southeast Asia …

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Photo of Today: Pinwheels

From the Tin Hau Festival in our village on Lamma Island, Hong Kong. It’s held at the beginning of each summer, and celebrates the birthday of the Goddess of the Sea. Pinwheels’ spinning in the wind will bring good luck …

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So You Want to Sell Your Paintings?

Wide-eyed on absinthe with a painted friend in the Czech Republic, 1998. Apparently I’d just used some eastern European shoeblack hair dye If you follow this blog, you’ll remember I recently sold a blueprint at the 140 hours auction. I’m …

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Leftovers of an Old Life

Slides of my artwork, old photos and clothes fill the room This week I’ve been sifting through photos and sorting through my negatives, tossing out old clothes and turning over badly-written pages from the past. Seventeen little boxes from America …

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Snapshot Saturday: Spicy Paper and Self-Doubt

Two of Thailand’s most famous exports: chillies dry in a papermaker’s mold in Bo Sang, the papersellers street outside Chiang Mai As I write my book of explorations through southeast Asia earlier this year – in search of paper and …

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How I Translated Failure in French Class to Success

Plaque on the Long Bien bridge, Hanoi Vietnam We never know how the choices we make will shape the future. I wouldn’t have ever imagined my dislike of French language classes would eventually lead me to work in Morocco, Vietnam …

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Snapshot Sunday: B & W Broken Boxes

Detail of negative for “Break my Boxes”, my artists proof currently available at the first 140 Hours auction here Backstory on this image from Hanoi, Vietnam here. To make my Blueprints I use a Hybrid Darkroom process, a combination of …

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On the Block – Online

One steamy late-summer afternoon last year I walked back and forth across the Long Bien bridge in Hanoi, photographing traces of urban life on and underneath the bridge: barbed wire, paw-prints, syringes. When the French built the bridge a century …

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