From the Workshop

From the Workshop is a celebration of family, craftsmanship, and the urge to create. My father was a mechanical engineer by profession, but woodworking was his passion. He was most content in his workshop (a.k.a. the garage of our family home), surrounded by his tools and piles of assorted soft- and hardwoods. Each new project was an invitation to explore styles, materials, and woodworking techniques to create something that was uniquely his own. 

 The furniture he made filled the home I grew up in — and now my home and the homes of my siblings. We always admired his skill, but only recently did we come to understand the depth of his passion. That’s when we discovered, buried deep inside a storage locker, the meticulous notes, sketches, detailed plans, and even the receipts for materials that he kept for his creations. And there were boxes and boxes of the tools to build them, so many tools. 

 The images in this series honor the creativity and dedication of the craftsman. 

Modern Relics

Modern Relics is a nostalgic look at how quickly modern becomes vintage. These pinhole photographs remember products that not so long ago were the epitome of the new in form and function. The images celebrate the iconic designs while allowing the outdated details to fade away. 

 My process bridges the new and old. I use a digital camera body, but a lens cap with a tiny pinhole drilled in the center replaces the lens. The combination reminds us that while technology is ever-changing, the opportunity for reinvention is ever-present. 

Self Portraits with Stenosis

I’m not that old. At least, that’s what I like to tell myself. But my body would beg to differ. What began as soreness and stiffness in my legs progressed to more intractable pain, stiffness, shocks, and numbness. Getting to “why” involved understanding a fundamental disconnect between cause and effect: the problem is in my back, not my legs.

The diagnosis: Severe spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. The effect: Narrowing of the spinal canal, which constricts the nerves leading to the lower body. The result: Lumbar laminectomy and thoracic fusion — so far. The prognosis: Who knows?

I began this series assuming that I was documenting an episode. I now realize that it’s a new reality, shared by many, when we must question basic assumptions about health and personal mobility. 

Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News is part of an ongoing series that celebrates the daily newspaper while lamenting its marginalization and fearing for its future.

As a one-time newspaper reporter, I still value the ritual of finding a curated collection of news, prepared by trained professional journalists, on my doorstep each morning. The daily rhythm of a newspaper provides time for at least a moment’s reflection on breaking news. The format provides readers a means of judging the relative importance of individual articles, while also offering the serendipity of exposure to ideas outside their own narrow interests. And the layout offers the opportunity to mix text, images, and graphics in ways that can even be artful.

Today, more than ever, we need the newspaper’s watchful eye. 

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