"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

Portrait #23—The Eyes

Posted in 50 Portraits Project (2013), Friends, Photography, Portraits by matt on Thursday, July 11, 2013

A portrait of The Eyes.

A portrait of The Eyes. Kurdistan, Iraq.

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A year of 50 posed portraits with only one light; a project designed to improve my camera work while blessing the people I encounter. You can see older portraits here, read the rules of the project here, or leave a comment below with your feedback.

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Portrait #18—The Graduate

Posted in 50 Portraits Project (2013), Photography, Portraits by matt on Saturday, May 18, 2013

A photo of The Graduate after finishing dental school.

The Graduate after finishing dental school. Kurdistan, Iraq.

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A year of 50 posed portraits with only one light; a project designed to improve my camera work while blessing the people I encounter. You can see older portraits here, read the rules of the project here, or leave a comment below with your feedback.

Birthday Fun: A Picnic & Portraits

Posted in Day-To-Day, Family, Nature, Portraits by matt on Monday, November 12, 2012

Cayla and I celebrated her 20-somethingth birthday together a big local park. The park’s name means “Park of Freedom,” and, for us, that’s exactly how it felt. Aside from a few gardeners and one shady young couple (no chaperone—gasp!), surprisingly few people were at the park that day.

We spread out a blanket, ate chicken salad lettuce wraps, and read aloud to one another while I stole the occasional photograph here and there. It’s that part of the year when the clouds scowl out you, always seeming like they’re about to ruin everything, but they never do. Eventually they’ll follow through, and the whole city will get wet.

For now, though, the cloud cover makes for really nice, soft light and the perfect outdoor weather.

All-in-all, it was fabulous. Here are a few shots from our time:

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Surprise Parties And Celebrating An Empty Calendar

Posted in Day-To-Day, Family, Friends, Travel by matt on Saturday, October 27, 2012

The ironic thing about blogging, for me, is this: whenever I’m actually doing blog-worthy things, I don’t usually get around to sharing them with you. But I can almost always manage to web-log whenever life calms down.

Praise GOD, I have two weeks of calm right now.

We’re celebrating the empty calendar by sleeping in, catching up with friends in Slemani, and just hangin’ out. I also teamed up with a couple of Cayla’s friends to throw her a surprise birthday party. Cayla’s general omniscience made me think there was no way she’d be surprised when we walked into the room, but, sure enough—after the look of terror left her face—she was pleasantly surprised when the whole room shouted “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” to her in semi-unison.

Here are a few shots from the party:

The rest of 2012 won’t be quite so relaxed, and I’ll likely continue my lackluster blogging streak as we’ll be traveling for all but a few days of November and December.

But, if you’re interested in keeping up with us and our work, I blog weekly HERE and I’m regularly posting new photographic work HERE as well as recent video work HERE.

So there’s my update, but what about you? Comment below to let me know what’s happening with you and yours—I’d love to hear about it!