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From 2013 to 2015 I split my time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Chicago. Rather than work on a major project in the Boston area, I mainly used my time there to write my dissertation and focus other projects, including organizing and editing my work for Affordable Housing in New York and the Telescope Houses of Buffalo, New York. Even so, I did produce a number of small photographic series.

After working on the Telescope Houses of Buffalo for the last three years, I happily showed the series in Buffalo for the first time last weekend at Dennis Maher's The Fargo House gallery. When I wasn't at the gallery, I continued shooting the project and supplemented my photographs of Buffalo with new images of neighborhood stores and Silo City.

I spent last weekend in the small Indiana cities that share the banks of the Ohio River with Louisville. Like many small towns along the river, the settlements have surprisingly long histories, with founding dates reaching back into the late 1700s. Over these some 200 years, the Ohio repeatedly left its imprint on the cities.

There must be more maps of Illinois displayed on Chicago's South and West Sides than anywhere else in the state. The hand-painted illustrations are rendered on store walls and windows with thick house paint, spray paint, and even airbrushing. Some maps are remarkably accurate, while others more closely resemble teeth, Africa, or even Castellane pasta.

2015 was another year of change. After splitting my time in Chicago and Cambridge over the last couple of years, it's time to add another city into the mix. Since August, I have been hopping between Chicago and Minneapolis, where I am now an assistant professor of sociology at St. Olaf College.

Last week I traveled through southern Norway and Sweden. Since it was my first visit to Scandinavia, I decided to get a broad sense of the place, rather than work on a specific project.

Last week I made a short visit to Houston, Texas during the American Collegiate Schools of Planning conference. When I wasn't downtown, I spent the majority of my free time in the Third Ward, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods and home to Project Row Houses.

This time last year, I was engulfed by the Polar Vortex in Chicago, but this year I am in the Boston area for its record snowfall. The region has received nearly 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow in the last few weeks, and additional precipitation is forecast.

Even more than 2013, I spent 2014 working on projects, including the films Almost There and The Area, and photography series about subsidized housing in New York City and Japan's Tōhoku region.


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