Fortress of Legos

"We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world"

Category: Photography

Passing through MI

After too many hours driving through too much awful weather, I had the opportunity to explore the frozen tundra of Northern MI. The cold was incredible, but the beauty more so.


Back in the Saddle

I am back in possession of my camera and have taken it out for a whirl a few times lately. The wintry weather is inspiring. I’d rather be doing more portraits but this is satisfying too.

Xi Chuan

I’m still making my way through Robert Hass’ What Light Can Do. This poem, My Grandma, by Chinese Xi Chuan is just incredible.

My grandma coughed, and woke one thousand roosters.
A thousand roosters crowed and woke up ten thousand people.
Ten thousand people walked out of the village, the roosters still crowing.
Then the roosters’ crowing stopped, but my grandma still coughed.
My grandma, still coughing, talked about her grandma, her voice growing dimmer and dimmer,
as if my grandma’s grandma’s voice was growing dimmer and dimmer.
My grandma talked and talked and then stopped, and closed her eyes
as if my grandma’s grandma actually died at that moment.

Hass describes it as having “a lightness and quickness of imagination that is not much like Western notions of Chinese poetry.”

Whatever it has, I love it.


“A thousand roosters crowed…”

A Little Something Simple

These are photos I took recently during that brief period right before the sun begins to truly go down — the fading sunlight lends a golden aura to everything.


I’ve been making my way through a 365 project – a photo a day for a year. I’m compiling them in an album on my Facebook page, but as I’ve hit 50 days, I was curious to reflect on my progress so far.

Looking through them, I’ve noticed a theme of light: particularly interesting because I’m slowly reading What Light Can Do by Robert Hass. I bought a Kindle copy years ago but it wasn’t until I bought a paperback copy that I’ve been able to fully immerse myself in the book. Having restarted at the beginning, this collection of essays “on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World” is challenging me to slow down and keep a dictionary on hand.

I’m going to save further exploration of his essays for a later time. Right now, I just want to share the photos from my project that I think are especially relevant to the idea of light.

Kujtime Bracic

I could not forsake my solitude.
My desire to be alone is the ache
I could never ignore.
Yet, your eyes are like coming
suns, and your voice like floating lavender.

When I see you, I see all of summer
rising to dance.

"floating lavender"

“floating lavender”

everything went nowhere forever

nighttime long exposure shots at the annual carnival in the local mall parking lot

Slowing Down

This weekend, a few friends and I brought cameras and took some time outside to appreciate the sun and almost warm weather.

Christmas portraits

Apparently I’m more easily distracted from this place than I like to think. Once again it’s been a long time since I’ve done anything here-an embarrassingly long time. Whoops.

It’s that clichĂ©d time of new beginnings though, so here I am, back again.

For Christmas, I gave my mother photos of almost each member of our family. We rarely cooperate the way she’d like when she pulls the camera out for a family photo, so I made us each smile nicely for individual portraits, which I then printed and framed for her.

Here are those portraits!

I love these folks.

such a beautiful day!