I Want My MAPO*

* If you are younger than 40, ask your parents or an older sibling. The photography has been coming fast and furious, with this past Friday being my first photo shoot for Mapo magazine, Albania’s answer to Time. My friend, the photographer Roland Tasho, had asked me if I was interested in working for the magazine; I wouldn’t be paid, but of course I jumped at the opportunity, so he introduced me to the assistant editor, Beni, and we arranged for my first trip out with the magazine. Naimi, an older man with 35 years’ experience as a professional driver,…

Photos

This past Wednesday I began learning how to use a darkroom, and I made my first print. Very cool, and certainly a more physical activity than sitting in front of the computer. It’s also a much more time-consuming activity, since each print takes about 20 minutes – if you get it right the first time. But damn, it’s fun. Click here for a selection of photographs from Paris.

Back from Paris, Brussels and London

I’m back from London. I did have a root canal after all, but it was fairly painless. The night before, I saw “The Mousetrap”, which also was fairly painless, but that’s not the adjective you usually want to use when describing theater. “The Mousetrap” has been running for 56 years -my visit was performance #23,264 and it felt like it. It’s hard to believe that even the audiences of the 1950s were willing to sit through such a contrived plot. Another first-hand example of the difference between the world view of Americans vs. Europeans was when I held a conversation…