Since Returning Home

I arrived back home for winter break on Saturday night. Since then, a lot has happened. Simultaneously nothing has happened. That’s just how home is. The following are thoughts and conversations I’ve had since returning home: “How many people we know will we see at the mall?” “Five.” “What is that?” “Turmeric milk.” “This is the…

First Gay Wedding

Only a few weeks after the Supreme Court announced that same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, I went to my first gay wedding. It was also my first “stranger wedding”–I didn’t know either of the grooms or anyone at the event besides my date, so I felt like a neutral observer. In fact, I…

First Poetry Open Mic

“Next on our open mic…Sabina!!”  I grabbed the crumpled sheet of paper at my feet and stood up, practically tripping over the emcee as I walked up to the stage. “This is my first time reading,” I said, and the crowd responded by cheering and waving their “Muppet Arms” excitedly in the air, a tradition…

Review: Lost At Sea

What it is: Lost At Sea is a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley (of Scott Pilgrim fame) about a girl named Raleigh who goes on an unintentional post-graduation road trip and ends up discovering deep connections with three new friends and with herself. What I liked about it: Basically everything. I’m a sucker for a good road trip…

April Showers Bring…?

“April showers bring May flowers,” goes the saying, but it took me eighteen years to discover that on my own. See, in Portland, March showers bring April showers which bring May showers. The only difference between winter and spring is the number of daylight hours and a ten degree temperature difference. It’s rainy starting in…

Following The Rule

 This photo from my archives is rare in that it follows the Rule of Thirds. Frankly, I tend to ignore the rule; while I value the idea behind it–that off-center compositions tend to be more interesting–I find grids too restrictive and calculated for my shooting style.

Union Station: Before and After

I don’t usually do serious editing for my photos—my philosophy on editing is to keep it as realistic as possible–but every now and then a photo requires post-processing work to compensate for less-than-ideal weather conditions or hasty shooting. This shot was one of them. The photo isn’t terrible, but the backlighting makes the exposure imbalanced. If I’d…