Dueling dragons

The Instagram-minimal life is great for me. My relationship with social media has been fraught ever since I joined Facebook in 2007. Going without checking IG every day helps me notice how much my mood is affected by it when I do log on. As you probably guessed, the effect is not favorable! A few …

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Don’t let the great be the enemy of the good

I have massive creativity anxiety. I love to create, but it also scares me, especially when it's something really close to my heart. Nevertheless, I've decided to stop letting that be an excuse for not creating. Don't let the great be an enemy of the good, so I've been told. I love photography and have been …

Video: “Hear Blessings Dropping Their Blossoms,” Rumi + Utah Spring Flowers

Quite possibly I have been overgramming Utah's spring flowers, but I have never been so grateful for these transient beauties! There are far too many photos to share anywhere, but I created a video to remember this spring. It begins with a gorgeous quotation from Rumi that captures a key practice in the art of striving: …

{a r c h i v e + p h o t o g r a p h y} Anna Atkins, cyanotype, and scientific illustration

  Over on Instagram, I featured a couple of images from the New York Public Library's digital collections. These gorgeous, ghostly images come from the library's copy of Photographs of British Algae by Anna Atkins, the first female photographer, and an amateur botanist. This was also the first book to be produced entirely using photographic methods. Read more …