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Urban Gardening: Regrowing Lettuce Stumps in Water

I asked my students if they thought it possible to regrow stumps of lettuce that were destined for the trash. The stumps were declared garbage—they wouldn’t be used for juicing, compost, vegetable stamp prints, or anything else. Some students thought there was at least a possibility of some activity and some students simply wanted to see what I had up my sleeve. Having been my students for a while, they knew I didn’t ask a simple question. Continue Reading

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Two Children on an iMac

I filmed this short movie of two young children enjoying some quiet time in front of an iMac watching cartoons. It has a deliberate, slow pace and emphasizes their cooperation. The big brother chooses what to watch and the little sister enjoys his choices. Continue Reading

James “Pop” Gaskins

Creative in Solitude

James “Pop” Gaskins, manning Camera 2 (I was working as the Floor Manager at the time) on the Community with G. Anthony show. While we worked as a team, communicating via headset and hand signals, each creative eventually settles into a state of solitude to concentrate on their part of the whole production. Solitude

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I Prefer It Simple, Not Overwhelming

I enjoy creative pursuits when I’m not teaching, particularly photography. While I can set up lights and lighting ratios, hire stylists, do location scouting, and the wrangle million intricate parts of a photoshoot into a manageable production, it can be overwhelming. I often prefer the streamlined approach of the minimalist one-light photoshoot. Continue Reading

Key limes in bowl

Simple Composition in Green, Orange, and Brown

Photography is one of my life’s passions. I keep a lightweight tripod, light stand, tungsten bulb, and umbrella tucked away in the kitchen cabinet to capture the fleeting moments of beauty in food prep. With the right eye (and angle), you can transform the simple, humble ingredient like a key lime, rutabaga, or oyster mushroom […]

Pears in the morning sunlight

Pears in the Morning Light

I found an old photo in my archive that beautifully illustrates simplicity. These four pears recline gracefully in the sunlight, Rubenesque and carefree. The metadata for this photo is also simple: a crop sensor Canon 60D with the beautiful 85mm f/1.8, ISO 100, f/3.5, and a tripod-mounted 1/6 with a nearly imperceptible amount of sharpening […]

Ten juicy tangerines

Snack Time: Ten Tangerines

Snack time in my Afterschool class is always an exciting endeavor. Being health-conscious, it’s my duty to offer wholesome vittles to my students, especially since there’s a dearth of healthy food options available where I teach. Continue Reading

Vegan cupcake

Graceful

This muffin, muted and stately, sits atop a textured background and rises with a graceful elegance. More, it tasted divine. Graceful

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