Archive for July, 2012

For various reasons, the past few months have been tough. Some days it’s been a struggle to meet my most basic obligations, let alone blog. But many of you have willed me on through your kind comments. Others have waited patiently for my long-promised posts. And all of you have given me the motivation to […]


I had dinner recently with my friend Craig, who will soon be visiting Paris for the first time. He’s a wonderful photographer and asked about ways of going beyond the usual “tourist” shots. I suggested an early-morning walk, when the streets are deserted and the light is soft. I hope my photos and custom-created tour […]


Back on January 18, I blogged about my two-year tumorversary. “I’ve tried very hard not to let it be the thing that defines me, the thing that shapes my life. But the knowledge has changed me irrevocably,” I wrote. “In some ways it’s been a gift,” I continued. And there have been many gifts, indeed: […]


Locked in love

07Jul12

For years there’s been a tradition in Paris of putting “locks of love” on the Pont des Arts. The idea is that you and your beloved sign the lock, throw the keys into the Seine, and live happily ever after. Steve and I meant to do this the last time we were in Paris last […]


If my math is right, today marks the 236th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of independence. I had intended to mark the occasion by taking portraits of 50 ordinary Americans going about their lives today. Like this guy, whom I met last year … But when the temperature climbed to 100 degrees (38° Celsius) […]


I’ve been home for more than a month, but I’m still sorting through the photos from my last vacation. I hope you won’t mind an occasional trip back to Europe as I get caught up. Today’s post is about the Münster in Freiburg, Germany. Whenever I visit a new city — particularly a European city […]