A selection of my essays, articles, and reviews.

The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect

"Rather like the fish who doesn’t realise he’s swimming in water, our relationship with our own terrain is easy to not perceive due to its ubiquity."
(GUP Magazine, 2017)
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Come Hither: A Reframed Means of Seduction

Come Hither: A Reframed Means of Seduction

“In one sense, it’s business as usual: a man has photographed a young girl provocatively. In another sense, [Playboy] may have come to recognize that, in modern times, perhaps the most desirable woman is one who is in control over her own image.”
(GUP Magazine, 2016)
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Pain Isn’t Pretty

Pain Isn’t Pretty

“If you sit with the discomfort long enough, it can transform with effort into something else. For example, ecstasy. For example, liberation. For me, what my body brews when percolating over these particular images long enough is transcendence of self.”
(GUP Magazine, 2015)
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Picture or It Didn’t Happen

Picture or It Didn’t Happen

“As uncountable photos of bikinis and cocktails pass by my social networking streams in summer – trophy heads mounted on the wall celebrating the ‘best party ever’, souvenirs marking the sacrifices made at the altar of YOLO – I can’t help but wonder, is there anybody out there still buying into all this?”
(GUP Magazine, 2015)
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The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment

"Above and beyond his many iconic photographs, [Henri Cartier-Bresson's] use of a simple phrase transcended into holy verse in the context of photography: the decisive moment."
(GUP Magazine, 2015)
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Selfie-Obsession

Selfie-Obsession

"What I find interesting is all the attention that various organized media are heaping towards selfies, repeating ad nauseam the fact that the Oxford dictionary named ‘selfie’ their word of the year. Who gives a shit?"
(GUP Magazine, 2013)
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Horizon Destination

Horizon Destination

“This wanting, this hole in the soul of our being, is one of the great defining features of the human condition. And images capitalise on it, exacerbate it. They feed us with more desires before we even know we’ve consumed them.”
(GUP Magazine, 2013)
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Pause Transition

Pause Transition

"Pre-packaged with the camera’s ability to freeze life mid-sentence is also our implicit allowance to sacrifice the entirety of the experience to its souvenir."
(GUP Magazine, 2012)
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Dream-Like

Dream-Like

"'Dream-like' has become shorthand to describe a whole slew of artistic output... Yet, for all the work that’s described as 'dream-like,' I’ve had very few dreams that actually looked like those photos."
(GUP Magazine, 2012)
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The Desire to Keep

The Desire to Keep

"Which is the greater loss: The loss of the photo I did not take, or the loss of the moment while wishing that I was taking a photo?"
(GUP Magazine, 2012)
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Articles

An extended (not comprehensive) list of my published articles, grouped by topic and sorted A-Z on title

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