Bishkek Block Party photos

The Block Party was great! What a spectacular way to send off Plov for Two. I was up front for most of the show, taking photos and dancing to all of the sweet tunes, so I can’t speak for the rest of the (fairly large) crowd, but I had a good time, and I think …

a final dip in Issyk Kul

Some photos from my final dip in Kyrgyzstan’s famous “warm” (but actually frigid most of the time, nippy on the best days) lake, Issyk Kul. I’m getting a bit emotional thinking about it. It wasn’t a trip I was most excited to take. It was peak season, we were going without the most solid reservations …

taking the train to Issyk Kul

This is an experience that seems to make it around the various expat circles. Let’s take the train to Issyk Kul! My first reaction to hearing it was something like, really? You can do that? I just finished reading The Great Railway Bazaar and, influenced by the book, I imagined the train to Issyk Kul …

more fun with film

I’ve been shooting like crazy with my army of Soviet-era film cameras lately, testing to see if they work, getting comfortable with the settings, and taking advantage of cheap prices for developing the film. Here are some of my favorites from the recent rolls, rollover the image to see which camera I used. There are …

the weird mural in Issyk Kul

This mural has become something of a legend in my mind. My former Belgian housemate first told me about it a few years ago after he drove past it and snapped a photo. “Have you heard about the painting with the big, pink dragon attacking the White House?” Uhh, no. No, I haven’t. Can you …

Soviet architecture exhibit

When I was in Istanbul, I had the opportunity to check out a photography exhibit on Soviet architecture at Salt Galata. It was a really interesting exhibit and was displayed in a creative way. I loved looking at the retro photographs and hunting for references to Kyrgyzstan (although it seems that Georgia, Ukraine, and [duh] …

searching for poppy fields

Convinced that it would most certainly be my last chance to photograph a giant field of blooming poppies, a friend and I made plans that we absolutely had to find them last weekend. The weather had been volatile all week, cold and rainy one day, blazing sunshine the next. Every weather website or app we …