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2013: A Year in Review

The year is almost over. In a few hours, 2013 will be a distant memory. In taking stock of this past year, I want to avoid the easy platitudes a new year inspires people to spout. It wasn't all rosy, but neither was it hellish. It was an odd year of growth. I'll do what I do best and just bullet outline what I feel to be the truth of my 2013. It's not just what I did and where I went, but also the defining moments and events that were taking place within me.
The first half of 2013 was a blur of job interviews, sleeping in and watching Jerry Springer religiously at 11am every morning. I'm thankful that all of these activities, particularly the last habit, vanished once I got my new job. Some people may hate the 9-5 routine, but there's nothing like a little structure to restore your sanity. It helps that I come in every morning and work with a group of people I genuinely like.
My weight as of December 31, 2013: 211 poundsI still struggle with caring what other people …

Pasta e Fagioli Made Easy

Why does my photography blog look like a Food Network page, all of a sudden?  Well, I told you that my site might take some twists and turns, and besides, I don't entirely ignore food in my photography. Because the weather has been so foul and cold lately, I feel like talking about my favorite Italian comfort food, pasta e fagioli, or Pasta Fazool as it's more commonly referred to in the U.S.

Pasta e fagioli is an Italian peasant dish that doesn't require a lot of fancy ingredients. It's meant to be hearty, simple to make, absolutely delicious and will keep your tummy warm and full during those bitter cold winter months. This is my father's recipe. My dad, for many of you who don't know, was a well respected chef for Elaine's Restaurant in New York City during its heyday in the late 70's and 80's.  Here we go:

Olive Oil3 cloves of smashed garlicPinch of red pepper flakesAbout 2-3 Tbsp. pancetta cut in small cubes15 oz can of White Cannell…

Making My Way to The Freedom Tower

I haven't visited the World Trade Center in what seems like ages. Having lived through September 11, I mourned and paid my respects privately with no true desire to visit the physical site. During a recent period of accelerated construction of the area, I still felt no need to go down there. Moreover, I couldn't bear those "TV Specials" that would supposedly honor the 9/11 anniversary by rebroadcasting the disturbing and graphic sequence of events from that day. As such, I never felt ready to be even within that vicinity.

About two months ago, I was commissioned to photograph the Freedom Tower, and so off I went for the first time in almost 13 years. For the most part, things are looking back to normal. People are going about their day and tourists are snapping photos. Though you can visit the Memorial site, it's still blocked off from view and there's still major construction at every turn of the corner. But once I followed the maze to the Memorial and saw …