A few weeks ago I traveled up to the ADKs to visit family. It was a much needed and overdue visit.

I feel like I’m FINALLY settling into my LIFE. That’s weird to write, but I’m not really sure how else to explain it. I’ve always been working towards some sort of goal: graduate with my BFA, graduate with my MFA, find a full-time job I really want to commit to… so many goals. I’m turning 30 next month (O M G !) and I can proudly say I’ve reached all of my goals up to this point in my life. AWESOME!

Time for new goals.

Now that I finally feel like I’ve got my life in order, now I can enjoy it! I have mixed feelings about turning 30 next month. On one hand, like I said, I’ve accomplished a lot up to this point, but then again I haven’t accomplished what 16yr old Megan thought I would have accomplished by now. I’m not married (not even close!), I don’t have any kids, I don’t own my own house… see where I’m going with this? A couple of weeks ago I started a new full-time job. MY full-time job. I love the organization I’m working with and I love what I’m doing there. FINALLY. This is what I needed.

Settling into MY LIFE now I’m looking forward to picking back up photography, letterpress, maybe take a ceramics class or two… I’m excited to create again! I’ve never craved having a camera in my hand like I do right now. I miss taking pictures. All of the above photos are from my Instagram account – photos I took while home (yes, it snowed!!) – photos taken with my iPhone. I NEED to use my film cameras again. I’m especially excited to shoot with my Hasselblad – it’s been way too long.

I have weekends off now! It’s been YEARS since I’ve had a “normal” schedule and I will be taking full advantage of it. PHOTOGRAPHY is coming back to this blog! I’m SO EXCITED.

Off to order some 120 film

45 down, 320 to go!

365iterations, 45days, 6faves

Wow! Really, I cannot believe I’ve already made 45 of these little drawings!

What I’ve learned so far:

✚ I can draw! The first few days were rough, but I’m more comfortable putting pen to paper.
✚ I can commit to a project! What’s the rule? After 30 days it’s a routine?
✚ I love hard angles – lots of triangles happening lately.
✚ I miss my camera. All this drawing, I think I’m ready to pick my camera up again. I haven’t been out on a shooting project since last spring! Yikes!

Shown above are some of my recent faves: Day 44, Day 37, Day 33, Day 32, Day 30, & Day 22. Check out the entire set on my Flickr and/or follow the hashtag #365iterations on Twitter and Instagram to see more.

Now, off to draw #46!

trying something new

365 iterations - Day 1

Happy New Year!

I want to share a project I’m working on in 2014: 365 Iterations. Every day this year I will draw.

I can’t draw, or at least that is something I have told myself for years. One of my instructors in grad school told me “anyone can draw”, and I rolled my eyes and held tight to my camera. Well, this year I want to try something new. I’m going to force myself to sit down and draw everyday. I’m going to do it everyday. This is terrifying for a few reasons. First, staring at a blank piece of paper is intimidating! Yesterday was Day 1 and I starred at that little piece of paper for what felt like forever before making the first mark. Second, I’m sharing these pieces right after I finish them. No thinking. No editing. I set the pen down and snap a pic to share. Third, I’m making this statement that I’m going to do this everyday, and, well, what if I forget a day? What if I really hate doing this tomorrow? I’ve always admired people who work on “daily” or “365/yearly” projects – it takes a commitment! Wish me luck!

Last night I started the hashtag #365iterations and will be sharing the daily pieces on Instagram. Every now and then I will check-in here – eventually I’ll probably scan the pieces so the images are clearer than going through Instagram filters! For now, I like the share-ability of the app. Are you working on a 365 or daily project? I’d love to hear about it!




Speaking of lights, if you follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter you would have seen me post some pics and a video of the fantastic A R T lights inside RoCo this holiday season. I love my job.

16mm summer screening

16mm summer screening

Last Friday night was GREAT! We had a 16mm film screening at VSW and it was the perfect way to kick-off the summer solstice.

I just realized, that since I started using Instagram last year, I have blogged less. Between Twitter and Instagram I’m micro-blogging! Speaking of Instagram, for those of you who use it, what do you think of the new video feature? Honestly, I still prefer Vine, but I did create four video clips (1, 2, 3, & 4) at the screening.

We’ll be on the front lawn again next Friday, so if you’re in ROC, join us! BBQ & 16mm films – how can you go wrong?

Summer 2011 I attended three 16mm outdoor screenings – read more about them on my old blog!
Posts: summer screening | take 1 & summer screening | take 2 & Film Mobile @ VSW

The Sketchbook Project

my materials for The Sketchbook Project arrived!

I’m participating in The Sketchbook Project! I shared on Instagram last week that my materials arrived in the mail. I’ve spent the last few days thinking about what I want to do with the sketchbook. Will I choose a theme? What materials will I use? Maybe I’ll print out some large-format photos and include them as fold-outs? Whatever I decide to do, I plan on documenting the process here on my blog.

I’m excited to fill these pages up!

Fall in NYC

I wanted to share some of my Instagrams from my NYC trip a few weeks ago while I edit my photos from my camera. Since arriving back home things have been crazy busy and I look forward to updating this blog! In the meantime, check out my tumblr!

click on the photos for more info over on Instagram!

my 1st Tattly

I’m currently rockin’ the Boombox by Marc Johns. Aw, my first Tattly!

I bought a bunch of these “Designy Temporary Tattoos” over the summer and for the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to put one on! I can tell you now though that I am HOOKED. Though I have a few permanent tattoos, these Tattlys are sure fun to play with.

Next week I might wear Hustle, Scribble, or You’re Late (Blue). Which one is your fave?

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updates coming soon!

My trip to Dallas was great! Exactly what I needed. If you follow me on Twitter/Instagram then you’ll know I was pretty busy the entire time I was down south – and it was HOT!

I have a bunch to catch-up on after being away, so I probably won’t even start editing photos from my vaca until this weekend. So, expect my Dallas posts early next week! Until then, I have a few fun posts scheduled to go up this week. Enjoy!

too much documentation?

“The more you document your own life, the more you check in, you tweet, the more you post photos of what you did last night, the more you do all of this stuff, or even in my case, the more you listen for little lines of dialogue that can make their way into stories, the more you photograph moments, in a way, the more you start to step out of those moments, and if you do that too much, you become a spectator to your own life.” – Jonathan Harris

I took the above photo with my iPhone (using Instagram) yesterday evening. I had spent the entire day inside working away on several different projects. We had a couple of severe thunder storms pass through here in ROC and in between them I had the urge to document the raindrops. On the weekends I tend to not be as active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as I am during the week, but I rarely go a day without posting something.

There is a lot of discussion that is happening right now dealing with documentation, and it is the very issue that is at the heart of my current thesis project. When I read the above quote on swissmiss last Friday I knew I had to watch Jonathan Harris’ CreativeMornings talk (which is where the quote is from) – and the rainy day yesterday proved to be the perfect time.

I’m slowly adding to my bibliography! This post is acting more of, well, documentation for future use in my thesis. I know I have been hinting at my thesis project over the last eight months and I promise I will share more details soon.