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Chinese Americana: Prologue

If you asked me what I was working on last year, chances are I talked about how I was driving to small Utah towns searching for Chinese restaurants. I spent hundreds of miles on the road and the project took me months to complete. I didn't really know what I would find or how I…Read more Chinese Americana: Prologue

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A fond farewell to a friend

I don't shoot many landscapes but this has got to be one of my favorite photos that I've ever taken, mostly because of the sentimental value. My dear friend Michael Yeh, who was born and raised in Salt Lake, was moving to Houston. We were planning on making the 22+ hour drive together and I had…Read more A fond farewell to a friend

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The Copper Onion photo sessions

As I mentioned in my previous post, I worked on a story where I tried to trace the people and restaurants that are responsible for shaping the Salt Lake City dining scene the way it is today. No such story would be complete without Ryan Lowder and The Copper Onion. Lowder spent a stint at the…Read more The Copper Onion photo sessions

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Forage photo session

Back in December, I talked to an editor at LA Times about putting together a feature on the dining scene in Salt Lake City. She gave me the go ahead but specified that I had to work on spec (i.e., do it without a guarantee of being published). Fair enough, I thought. I conducted half…Read more Forage photo session

Grand Central Market | DTLA

Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, which has been in continuous operation since 1917, has changed a lot over the decades. Vendors and purveyors have come and gone as storefronts evolved along with the neighborhood's population. In recent years, DTLA has seen a renaissance with a refreshing infusion of new art galleries, coffee shops,…Read more Grand Central Market | DTLA

Winter wonderland

The Downtown Farmers Market, which started in 1992, has become a summertime staple in Salt Lake City. The open-air market draws tens of thousands of people to Pioneer Park each week between the months of June and October. Its popularity pushed organizers to spawn pop-up style markets last winter. This winter, the farmers market found…Read more Winter wonderland

Getting crafty with Utah liquor Laws

Utah’s alcohol laws have a reputation for being restrictive, to say the least. In recent years, however, lawmakers have made an effort to loosen the liquor laws. While it can still be difficult to find good cocktail bars in Salt Lake City, it’s not impossible. “When I first came out here I was one of…Read more Getting crafty with Utah liquor Laws