It looks like this in every direction.
Corn, framed by square-mile grids of pavement and gravel, roads through one of the flattest, most fertile, most agriculturally overtaxed parts of America, the small towns pervaded by the same cables and phone signals that carry the memes we all now share. The roads go to all elsewheres; they lead back and away for me in an endless cycle.
I grew up in Iowa, studied in China, taught in China, was educated here, then London. Watched a lot of B-movies and enjoyed every minute. I went traveling, went home, worked as a writer, learned how to take pictures (I’d like to think). It all didn’t necessarily in that order.
For some of my work: in 2013 I contributed to the Material World anthropology blog on the history of King’s Cross station; wrote for the London-held Ethnography in Praxis Conference (EPIC) website (about the suburbs, eccentric museums and the Tube); and shot pictures for the Nature Conservancy and Andy Juhl & the Bluestem Players’ release Lost Upon the Ground. I wrote copy full-time 2008-11 for Buena Vista University, including news stories for local media, features for university publications, stories of once-illegal alcohol and high-tech human-ape communication and almost all the academic promotional content for the school’s website. I did a 2011 film column in Minnesota’s New Ulm Journal and directed and edited a faux newsreel for Iowa River Players‘ production of “It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman!”
All views and content expressed on this blog are my own – and, frankly, likely to be somewhat out-of-date, memories of a different era of the Internet and my life. Search elsewhere for what I’ve been doing lately!