Specializing in Faith & Religion
Columbus, Ohio, USA

In Between

20 August 2013 - 

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  

An Evening with the Ásatrú

15 August 2013 - 

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  

Jesus in Ocean City

08 August 2013 - 

Last week, I made my third annual trip to the beach town of Ocean City, Maryland, both to visit family friends and to photograph a Christian ministry festival known as Jesus at the Beach. I first heard about the festival, which is put on in part by Son’Spot Ministries, back… Continue reading  

Water Painting in D.C.

04 August 2013 - 

En route to the Maryland seashore last week, I stopped in Washington, D.C. for a few days. While the majority of the photo projects I worked on while living in D.C. took place outside of the city, I did have a couple of favorite shooting spots. One of them is… Continue reading  

The Dude Abides: Lebowski Fest

22 July 2013 - 

I grew up in the 1990s, the era of Nintendo64, Pogs, The Lion King, and, in the world of comedy movies, The Big Lebowski. The movie – which is about the “Dude” Lebowski and his motley team of bowling buddies – went way over my head as a kid, but… Continue reading  

Parrot Culture

14 July 2013 - 

Back in June, I decided that one of my summer goals would be to begin working on a project about parrot culture, mainly in Ohio. Having owned a Senegal parrot since my middle school days and volunteered at parrot rescues for about three years, this is a topic of great… Continue reading  

Seeing the Salton Sea

01 July 2013 - 

I recently made my second visit to the Salton Sea in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. For those not familiar with it, this decrepit body of water used to be one of the desert’s premier resort areas, formed accidentally in the early 1900s when the Colorado River breached an irrigation canal.… Continue reading  

Summer, Part One

29 June 2013 - 

While many of my classmates traveled elsewhere for the summer, I decided to stay in Ohio/Appalachia and work on some of my ongoing projects, as well put some of what I learned this school year to use. Technically, I’m really trying to fill my images with information and juxtaposition. Subject-wise,… Continue reading  

Of Bikers and Brotherhood

10 June 2013 - 

I’m finished with my second semester of graduate school, which means classes are over and summer is finally here! It also means I will finally have some time to update my website and catch up on blog posts. I will write soon about some of my work from the winter/spring… Continue reading  

Capturing a Personality in 100 Frames: The “Snake Guy”

02 February 2013 - 

Ever since I began photographing the Pentecostal serpent-handling tradition about two years ago, I have been especially curious about snakes. How do the many varieties differ from each other in temperament? What are some of the issues that these reptiles face in contemporary Appalachia, where it is often illegal to… Continue reading  

I Would Drive 500 Miles, and I Would Drive 500 More…

21 January 2013 - 

One of the fortunate things about attending a university that uses the semester system is the long breaks that are built into the academic schedule. When I found out that I would have 30 days off after my first semester of graduate school at Ohio University, I immediately started to… Continue reading  

A Day Amidst the White Sands

20 January 2013 - 

One of my favorite natural wonders in the United States is White Sands National Monument. Located in south-central New Mexico and part of the Tularosa Basin/Chihuahuan Desert, the sprawling field of glistening gypsum dunes has captivated me ever since I found out about it. I visited White Sands for the… Continue reading