Saturday, April 19 2014 § 2 Comments
David was sitting across from me in a small room in the outskirts of Nairobi, leaning forward on his plastic chair, eager to speak and to be heard. I sat cross-legged on the bed across from him, feeling slightly uncomfortable in the new place. I also felt distinctly interested in the conversation, however, and had a strong desire to hear more from this man whose convictions were so tangible that I felt that they were hanging, invisible, in the air between us. I was in a foreign country with near strangers, speaking about God, a topic that does not come up very often in my life at school. But I was in Kenya, half way across the world, with a group of people who take God and religion very seriously and very publicly. I told myself that it was part of the cultural exchange to have this conversation and engage in it fully. So I listened and asked questions and let David speak. « Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, March 25 2014 § 1 Comment
If there’s any place where a show of patriotism is a necessity, I suppose it will be a nation’s capital. Last December I traveled to Washington, D.C. with my parents over the winter vacation (though it was actually quite warm, we went before the famous Polar Vortex) and I found myself photographing a lot of flags. Government buildings, commercial businesses, private residences, anywhere you might think of, there were American flags. The photos below show a mix of architecture and settings but reveal just how insistent D.C. is when it comes to displaying pride for the United States of America.