Sunny takes the Blue Ridge

By map, Boone, North Carolina is just 85 miles northeast of Asheville. Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and you'll add another 15 miles—and double the driving time. Add a couple more hours if you stop at every lookout to admire the view to take a photo of your dog. For a few weeks each [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00August 2nd, 2015|Long Form|Comments Off on Sunny takes the Blue Ridge

Tailgating: LSU vs. Alabama

Here's the scene: It's LSU's last homegame of a disappointing the season, and they're hosting Alabama. It's a fierce rivalry, but the thing about tailgating is that everyone's welcome. Later in the day, a Tiger fan will explain it best when he points to a fan in a 'Bama shirt and assures me, "I can [...]

By |2016-07-18T12:58:27+00:00August 2nd, 2015|Long Form|Comments Off on Tailgating: LSU vs. Alabama

The Swimming Hole

There's a camp for sale near Booneville, in California's Anderson Valley. The locals say it used to be a gathering spot for...ahem, kids who eat a lot. (At least that would explain why the kitchen isn't equipped with a commercial fryer.) If true, that's at least a little ironic, since the camp was home to [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Long Form|Comments Off on The Swimming Hole

Goat “Tuade” at Wyebrook Farm

A small crowd forms a circle in the sunlight just outside of a large, open-air shed at Wyebrook Farm. Bryan Mayer, a butcher and soon-to-be shop owner in Philly outlines the process that's about to take place: He and fellow butcher Heather will enter a trailer—where a mature goat has been kept for the last [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00May 14th, 2014|Long Form|Comments Off on Goat “Tuade” at Wyebrook Farm

Almond Harvest

Vincenzo Ricchiuti first set foot in the United States in 1914, planting grapes and figs on the first family acreage. His son, Pat, expanded the business in 1956, forming P-R Farms, which now grows a variety of crops through the Central Valley under the leadership of Pat's son Patrick, and Patrick's son Vincent. Last year, [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00March 17th, 2014|Long Form|Comments Off on Almond Harvest

Five Years

In the summer of 2007, I filed paperwork to form a business. I had no idea what I was doing (evidenced by the fact that I later had to hire an attorney to correct said paperwork), but I wanted to formalize my freelance work, and to legitimize some of the projects I had been working [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00February 27th, 2014|Long Form|Comments Off on Five Years

Eat Retreat, Finger Lakes

Two years ago, I attended the inaugural Eat Retreat, a gathering of 30 or so professionals from across the food industry—chefs, writers, brewers, butchers, photographers, roasters, and so on. Intimated and unsure of what I could contribute to such a talented group, I hid behind my camera all weekend, then published a lengthy photo essay [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00November 14th, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Eat Retreat, Finger Lakes


Looking back through my Instagram feed, it's easy to identify patterns in thought and experiences: An early series of mannequins in store windows came at a time when I was desperate to find a sense of life downtown. Before that, I photographed front yards, exploring how others characterize their personal space within the context of [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00September 16th, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Sunny

Masumoto Peach Adoption

The Masumotos are known to say profound, deeply passionate things about their peaches. But during the family's performance at Saturday's harvest—the family is also known to perform—Nikiko said something that hit a very personal chord, describing an Elberta peach as a way for her to stay connected with her grandmother. I'm fascinated with food as [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00July 30th, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Masumoto Peach Adoption

Apprentice Life: Channelle Wiebe

I met Channelle when she worked at the coffee shop next to my office—I remembered her husband Jordan from my time at Fresno Pacific, where I documented his story as student body president. We became good friends over morning coffee, and a few months before that café closed, Channelle told me she was going to [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00April 9th, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Apprentice Life: Channelle Wiebe

Two Days in Hico

If you drive Hwy 281 for the scenic route between Dallas and San Antonio, you'll pass through the little town of Hico, Texas, and right by the entrance to the Koffee Kup Restaurant. Regulars here are waiting outside when the doors open at 6:00 a.m., but with a town of only 1,376 people, the restaurant [...]

By |2016-10-31T21:18:44+00:00February 21st, 2013|Long Form|Comments Off on Two Days in Hico

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