Down Bayou Castine

Spent an evening paddling down Bayou Castine on the edge of Big Branch Marsh – departing from the Northlake Nature Center's canoe launch and stopping for beers and turning around near the beginning of the marinas that open up into Lake Pontchartrain.

Photos taken on expired Portra 800 in an Olympus XA2.

Jazz Fest in B+W

Jazz Fest is my favorite time of the year in New Orleans. A lot of people around here aren't big fans, and others love it just as much as I do. And still tons of people come in from out of town to enjoy the tunes, the food, and, I think more than anything, the atmosphere. Oddly enough, my favorite part of Jazz Fest isn't Jazz Fest. It's before and after on the surrounding blocks. Brass bands too many to count, street corner performers and beers in hands everywhere, golden light and laughter in the air. This is why we call it the Big Easy.

Photos shot on a Bell+Howell toy camera I was gifted by a friend. Film is expired T-Max 400.

Are you enough?

Lots of well-intentioned people want to change the world – a monumental task. 

Often in this pursuit, making becomes about making people feel something. Inspiring people in hopes of changing a circumstance.

But what if you simply made to make? And what if all that changed was yourself? Are you enough?

To change oneself is a monumental task in itself – a change with ripple effects.

Change yourself; change the world.

More, but less often

It's become necessary to reassess what it means to speak publicly, especially in our current era.

I've been reminded that our most important actions may be born through silence. Should we speak more often, substance is quickly lost on the listener – and perhaps even the speaker. But should we wait, think, and ponder, then speak – the substance might reappear as it were before.

Speaking less often gives weight to the words we speak when we finally decide to speak them.

Give yourself space. Let your words ripen. Say more by speaking less.