Nov 15, 2015
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This past week, for the Religious Soundmap Project, a friend and I attended a Diwali celebration at the Bharatiya Hindu Temple in Powell, Ohio. We’ve both been to India (I went for about two months in 2006/2007), and were amazed at how the festival of lights in America provided just… Continue reading  

Oct 25, 2015
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Mead, Animal Blessings, and Durga Puja

Recently, for the OSU Religious Soundmap Project, I’ve been documenting spiritual/religious occasions at several different Columbus sites. The first, surprisingly, is my friend Mark’s kitchen. As an American practitioner of Asatru – a Germanic neo-pagan faith rooted in ancient European beliefs and customs – Mark occasionally brews mead, which is… Continue reading  

Oct 20, 2015
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A Surprisingly Peaceful Protest

The other week, the director of the Religious Soundmap Project alerted me about the “Global Rally for Humanity,” a series of anti-Islam protests scheduled to take place outside of mosques nationwide. After discussion with fellow researchers, I decided to document the protest planned for Oct. 10 outside of the Noor… Continue reading  

Jun 20, 2014
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A Look at Faith-Based Education

Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of returning to Faith Builders, a small Anabaptist college near Meadville, Pennsylvania. I’d visited once before in March, when several VisCom students and I participated in “The Story Next Door,” a multimedia workshop focused on documenting the Meadville community. When I visited Faith… Continue reading  

Oct 3, 2015
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Autumn Update

It’s been a busy and fulfilling couple of months! I moved to Columbus, Ohio, in August, where I’ve gradually been settling in and getting connected to the local community. I recently started volunteering for US Together, a refugee resettlement agency that helps the city’s ever-growing refugee population transition to life… Continue reading  

Jul 23, 2015
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Eid Mubarak

Last Friday marked the conclusion of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and reflection for Muslims around the world. Over the course of the month, an Ohio State Ph.D. student and I visited several Columbus mosques, including the Noor Islamic Cultural Center (NICC) and the Masjid Omar Ibn El-Khattab, the… Continue reading  

Jul 13, 2015
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Recent Work

Welcome to my redesigned website! A lot has happened in recent months. I recently wrapped up a contract photography position with Ohio University Communications and Marketing. I also wrapped up another great year with the Athens Photographic Project (APP), a non-profit organization that advances mental health recovery through the arts.… Continue reading  

Mar 13, 2014
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The Story Next Door

Last week was Spring Break, and I spent part of mine helping out with a photojournalism workshop and conference at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., along with several other VisCom students. The workshop/conference, called “The Story Next Door,” involved going out into the community for an entire day and documenting… Continue reading  

Jan 8, 2014
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Something Like Nostalgia

During my recent trip home to Southern California, I revisited some of the places I used to love going to as a child, including Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains, and Calico Ghost Town, an old silver mining area-turned tourist trap just outside of Barstow. While these places had… Continue reading  

Jan 1, 2014
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The Wonders of the Salton Sea

Every time I come back to California, I try to make a trip out to the Salton Sea, an accidental desert lake that has become increasingly toxic as a result of agricultural runoff. This winter marked my third trip to the area. The Sea is a place full of natural… Continue reading  

Dec 28, 2013
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New Spirit Magazine: Christian Outreach in Ohio

This past semester at OU, I took “Magazine,” the capstone course in the graduate photojournalism curriculum. In this course, all of my classmates and I got to create our own magazines – from start to finish. The intensive process included several weeks of research/pre-production and a 10-day shoot period, followed… Continue reading  

Dec 25, 2013
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Yule with the Asatru

I recently spent several days in Arizona at the Asatru Alliance’s annual Yule Festival. It was my third time attending and photographing “Yule Fest,” a weekend of camping and spiritual festivities next to Lake Roosevelt in the Tonto National Forest. About 20 heathens – Americans who believe in the Old… Continue reading  

Sep 14, 2013
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Portraits of Exotic Animal Owners

My work in different cultural and religious communities over the years has introduced me to many interesting, wonderful people. I recently realized, however, that I seldom take their portraits. While I haven’t consciously avoided portrait photography, I do think there is something about it – about the direct, intimate connection… Continue reading  

Aug 25, 2013
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Cheshire, By Boat

During my first year in Ohio, I stumbled across the town of Cheshire, located along the Ohio River. Actually, it would probably be more accurate to say I stumbled upon the Gavin and Kyger Creek Power Plants, which tower over Cheshire and the few homes that remain there after a… Continue reading  

Aug 20, 2013
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In Between

It’s hard to believe that summer is so quickly drawing to a close, and that next week, I will begin my second year of graduate school at OU. The past four months have been great, as I’ve gotten to travel to a lot of different places (West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky,… Continue reading  

Aug 15, 2013
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An Evening with the Ásatrú

Several years ago, I began a photo project about a faith and culture known as Ásatrú, which honors the Old Norse gods and customs. When Christianity arrived in Scandinavia centuries ago, Norse paganism was outlawed in some of the region’s countries. Ásatrú emerged in Scandinavia toward the end of the… Continue reading