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Rain clouds blow through the highlands of Scotland

Rain clouds blow through the highlands of Scotland

I had heavenly expectations of the highland air. I thought it would be uncommonly sweet, a cold drink of water for my lungs. Instead, the air I invited in smelled like fresh biology, life and death but more of the former. Somewhere nearby, there was undoubtedly a cow sweating, a rooster breathing heavily, an earthworm realizing it could now slither back underground. From a 1st floor window, I sucked up all that biology in a moment of wonder and discovery, in the specialness of a start.

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A patchwork quilt of my days in Japan

A patchwork quilt of my days in Japan

For the last two years, I've used these little collages as a way to quickly chronicle a chapter of my work life. While this says "Hiro" (a.k.a Hiroshima) and some of the images are from elsewhere in Japan, this represents some of my favorite moments this term, the ones I continue to savor even months later.

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Attending my first opening night via the interwebs

Attending my first opening night via the interwebs

Thought it wasn't my first choice to attend virtually, it was my only realistic option, as I was deeply embedded in school on May 1st, the day of the event. But this was a big moment for me, a first exhibition for an art major and with deep significance in location at that. I wanted to be able to absorb these factors viscerally and emerge from the experience enriched and with the sense that I had exhibited work always meant for others' eyes.

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Spring Break: the tropical one where I kept saying "What are the chances?"

Golf cart in St. Thomas, Water Island, USVI, USA, travel, on the road

I booked my ticket to St. Thomas a week prior to going, and one hour after I confirmed my flight, my friend from high school posted a photo of his current view from the same island.

This friend, Merlin (the one person I always feel most likely to run into around the world), was in Boston for the weeks prior to this posting, but our schedules conflicted and resulted in never meeting. By complete chance, we both ended up on the same flight to St. Thomas a week later (after he returned to Boston only to realize his mistake and turned right back around).

Not only that, but the night before we were both staying on the same block in Boston, unaware of the other's location beforehand.

It was a very relaxing and gorgeous "Spring Break" trip with a high school catch-up, homemade Easter brunch, and a quick jaunt to two other U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the storified version of my trip via social media.

Help me prepare for my first travel photography exhibition

Help me prepare for my first travel photography exhibition

This exhibition entitled "Far, Far Away" is a chance for some people in Wabash, Indiana to see destinations and cultures they otherwise might never see. Additionally, all the images were taken by people who claim Wabash as their hometown, adding a layer of accessibility to the images. The other person sharing the space with me will be showing many images from Antarctica. Just amongst the two of us, our images will span all seven continents!

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Photoblog: a gray day in the Swedish village of Landsort

After the Berlin trimester ended, I flew to Copenhagen to begin a wee Scandinavian tour. The best part of this week was being with friendly residents and visiting their homes. Yes, homes. Not houses, accommodations, hotels, hostels, or dorms. In both Copenhagen and Stockholm, I stayed in city homes and then visited vacation homes by the water. Both cities are impressive and relatively unknown to me, but I valued most those moments where I was experiencing someone's place of hat-hanging. Rarely did I want to venture away.

Kari and Kristian heading to Öja, Sweden
Kari and Kristian heading to Öja, Sweden

Landsort is a village on the island of Öja an hour south of Stockholm. It marks the southernmost point of the Stockholm archipelago. My new friend Kari took fellow TGS co-worker Andy and his two friends to his vacation home on the island of Öja by way of a flat-bottomed boat. The sky was gray and occasionally spitting, but we enjoyed some walks along the central road (rarely a motor in sight) and up by the lighthouse that gives the village its name.

Andy on Öja island in Sweden
Andy on Öja island in Sweden
Kristian on Öja island in Sweden
Kristian on Öja island in Sweden
Kristian on Öja island in Sweden
Kristian on Öja island in Sweden
Luisa, Andy, and Kristian on Öja island
Luisa, Andy, and Kristian on Öja island
Kristian on Öja in Sweden
Kristian on Öja in Sweden
The lighthouse on Öja island
The lighthouse on Öja island
Wildflowers on Öja island
Wildflowers on Öja island
Wildflowers on Öja island
Wildflowers on Öja island
Andy staring into the gray Baltic skies
Andy staring into the gray Baltic skies
Kari and Kristian heading to Öja, Sweden
Kari and Kristian heading to Öja, Sweden
The southernmost point of the Stockholm archipelago: Landsort
The southernmost point of the Stockholm archipelago: Landsort
The mostly-pedestrian streets of Landsort on Öja island in Sweden
The mostly-pedestrian streets of Landsort on Öja island in Sweden
Öja island in Sweden
Öja island in Sweden
Kristian, Andy, and Luisa at Kari's house on Öja
Kristian, Andy, and Luisa at Kari's house on Öja

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