Tips for photographing stars

I love shooting stars and star trails. Love it. There’s something so meticulous about attempting a long-exposure, the anticipation and delayed gratification of knowing whether it worked or failed miserably. It’s something I’ve only attempted once before in a more rural spot of Colorado, so knowing I would be so far out in the middle …

How to start a business in Kyrgyzstan

My first piece for the Glimpse Correspondent’s Program is up on Matador, called “How to move to Kyrgyzstan and start a business.” I will let you know now that there is not a speck of useful advice for doing either one of those two things. This was a tough piece to write. Firstly, because I’m …

Real Life House Hunters: the backstory

We’re moving! After nearly a year living in the same apartment (more than a year in the same courtyard), Farrell and I are shifting ourselves and the office to a brand new location. But it’s not just the two of us. We’re currently sharing the office with the business of another expat. He and his …

my cost of living in Kyrgyzstan

Farrell and I came to Kyrgyzstan with a nice bit of savings, which we sadly watched dwindle away while getting the business started. With some (very big) changes coming up in my life in Bishkek, I figured I would take a closer look at where my money really goes while living here. Plus, one of …

How to survive a Bishkek winter power-outage

Temperatures have dropped again in Bishkek, another sign that winter is most definitely sticking around, despite certain predictions that Kyrgyzstan wouldn’t get a winter this year. With decreasing temperatures, Bishkek residents race to turn up their space heaters, straining the crumbling electrical infrastructure. This means more power outages and rolling black-outs. Here are my tips …

well, it’s been a whole year

Time for me to get profound, I guess? Had we stuck to the original plan of 1) move to foreign country, 2) learn language, 3) become expert, 4) move back to DC for cushy consultancy job, then I’d be boarding a plane today feeling profoundly disappointed. The move happened, so snaps to me for completing …

final thoughts on teaching in Kyrgyzstan

I was presented with a unique opportunity to teach university-level photography at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan this past semester. It was terrifying. I’m 22 years old, the same age group as AUCA students, and I’m not a professional photographer. A wannabe. An enthusiastic amateur. Self-taught for the vast majority of …

Maybe you’ll never learn a new language

One of the biggest challenges about moving to Kyrgyzstan (other than finding a reliable supply of powdered sugar) has been the language barrier. I’ve never been to a place where so little English is known or used among the locals, definitely an after-effect of the Soviet Union. I barely glanced at a Russian lesson before …