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Ein Qiniya Field Notes IX

Ein Qiniya Field Notes IX

We’ve had some rain lately so I’ve been hitting the olive fields of Ein Qiniya more often looking for greenery and early buds in the ground. This also happens to be the season for olive harvest in Ein Qiniya and in Palestine at large, so farmers can be found all

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Ein Qiniya Field Notes VIII

Ein Qiniya Field Notes VIII

In this part of the world summer seems to last for an eternity. When you are the type of person who ‘requires’ photography as part of their daily self-therapy your senses atrophy after a while from walking the same landscape and photographing the same shade of light

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Ramallah Walks VI

Ramallah Walks VI

I can’t say that I’ve quite figured out how I feel about Ramallah after living here for nearly 2 years- the last time I had lived here was 17 years before my return. To be sure, this town has changed. The people are foreign to me- I’ve

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The Greek Islands

The Greek Islands

It’s been a long hiatus for me from the blog as I’ve been busy this summer with personal matters, but my recent vacation to the Greek Islands of Santorini and Mykonos has provided me with the relaxation I needed along with a good chance to dive back

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Ein Qiniya Field Notes VII

Ein Qiniya Field Notes VII

Getting out in the open fields of Ein Qiniya, a small village on the outskirts of Ramallah, has lately become a near-weekly ritual for me which if skipped leaves a palpable gap in my life. More than ever I feel the need for roaming the open fields and

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Food For Soul: A Morning Walk in Ein Qiniya

Food For Soul: A Morning Walk in Ein Qiniya

Today the clouds were divine and the air was chilly so I took a walk in Ein Qiniya just outside Ramallah. I encountered a shepard and his flock, I heard frogs croaking, I listened to the sound of water flowing from the nearby spring, and on my

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Palestine Field Notes VI

Palestine Field Notes VI

As promised here’s the second installment of my pictures of Spring this year in Palestine. All were taken from the central West Bank area surrounding Ramallah. I hope you’ll enjoy!

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Palestine Field Notes V

Palestine Field Notes V

Spring is finally upon us here in Occupied Palestine, which means I’ll try to increase my outdoors time as much as possible to soak it all up. I used to think there was nothing like Fall in Minnesota, and now I think there’s nothing like Spring in

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Ein Qiniya Field Notes IV

Ein Qiniya Field Notes IV

Spring is not here quite yet in Palestine, more rain and frost are expected for the region this week, but that doesn’t stop me from hitting the fields whenever I get the chance. In Palestine one does not need hiking trails, they’re already carved out by sheep

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Ein Qiniya Field Notes III

Ein Qiniya Field Notes III

Another olive harvest season has passed and yet Palestine remains in solitary confinement. Like any prisoner, Palestine is walled off from the outside world, literally. She is land-locked, sea-locked, air-locked. The air she breathes is tightly regulated. She is alone, stripped of freedom but never of pride. One only has

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Ein Qiniya Field Notes II

Ein Qiniya Field Notes II

This is the first part of an officially new series I’m calling “Ein Qiniya Field Notes,” comprised of my pictures of the Palestinian landscape from my walks in the fields around Ramallah and other parts of Palestine. In the past I’ve combined these types of images with

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Ramallah Walks V

Ramallah Walks V

These pictures were made over the past couple of months during my casual walks. They were mostly taken on Ramallah’s streets, but there’s one (last picture) that was taken right outside Al-Quds (Abu Dis) University showing the Israeli Apertheid wall destroying the beautiful Palestinian landscape and displaying

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Twin Cities Camera Walks (Sequel)

Twin Cities Camera Walks (Sequel)

Pictures from a summer month spent in my beloved Minneapolis! All color images were taken this summer on Kodak Portra 400 with a Leica M6 TTL and various old school lenses. All B&W images were shot in Oct-Dec 2013 on Ilford HP5+ and just recently developed. All images

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Iowa Farm Life

Iowa Farm Life

I got to spend two special days this summer at my friends’ farm in Iowa, it was thoroughly rejuvenating. The farmhouse has been standing for 100 years. The farm had sheep, a chicken coop, bee houses, a large vegetable and herb garden, and a recently-installed solar panel

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Boundary Waters Canoe Area 2014

Boundary Waters Canoe Area 2014

I recently had the fortune of spending a couple of nights at Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), this was my 7th trip. We entered at Sawbill Lake, portaged to Smoke Lake, and again to Burnt Lake where we set up camp for the rest of the

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