Sunday, November 24, 2013


 At some point during this year-long project, I wanted to pick two themes from one week to the next that are opposite one another. I think it can be interesting to see the contrast in our photos in subject matter and execution.
Last week's "new" photo had bright colors, clean lines, and lots of energy. This week's "old" photo is duller, darker, more organic, and more lonely. I took this photo in the West Bottoms neighborhood of Kansas City, which is actually one of my favorite parts of town, and one of the oldest. It has lots of brick streets, antique shops, haunted houses, and art studios. It sort of feels like the march of progress has left it behind, for better or for worse. I think that's why I like it so much. -Cort

I was super excited that Cort chose the opposite of new...what a great idea! I decided I wanted to photograph an old building. There are so many to choose from in the older sections of Omaha, closer to the river, but I decided to challenge myself to find an old building farther west. I landed on Boystown, which when it was founded was located on the outskirts of the city...pretty much out in the country. I photographed Father Flanagan's House.  It was constructed in 1927 and was the home of Fr. Flanagan until he moved into the Dowd Memorial Chapel's Rectory in the early 40's. The entire Boystown campus is beautiful and it was fun finding an old building out "in the country".  -Dina

Next Week's Theme: Thanksgiving (of course!)


Sunday, November 17, 2013


Here is a photo of me in my NEW winter boots: just standing around, waiting for snow. And by snow, I mean just a nice light layer, nothing anyone needs to shovel.  -Dina

When I saw this week's theme, one of the first things I thought of was the word "NEW!"  that you see on every other product at the grocery store. In our consumerism culture, it seems that new is always better. So on my most recent trip to the store, I checked out the cookie aisle, and sure enough, there it was splashed all over the place. By my count, that word appears 28 times in this photo. -Cort

Next Week's Theme: Old

Sunday, November 10, 2013


On my commute between home and work, I see this weird county government office building. Everything about this building is square - the windows, the tiles, the fixtures, everything. When you add in the reflections of squares in square windows, it's like they're exponentially increased - squares squared! -Cort

I wanted to use a square format to take a photo of something square. But wait, isn't that a 45 record. A round, 45 record? Why yes it is. And if you look close enough, you'll see that song #3 (3 songs on a 45: crazy!) is "You're so Square (Baby I don't Care) by Elvis Presley. So two squares, make for a squared theme. Sort of.  [Please note this is side two or side B and a second release. Bonus points if anyone can guess what's on side A.] -Dina

Next Week's Theme: New

Monday, November 4, 2013


I love Halloween. It's such a fun kid's holiday, not to mention it's smack in the middle of the best time of the year. I knew I wanted to capture some part of Halloween night. My brother-in-law makes a delicious batch of chili every year and we fuel up before taking my nieces around their neighborhood. After dinner, I was hoping to get a photo of Lucy and Sophie in their awesome costumes...a vampire and a rose fairy. I envisioned all the gorgeous photos you see on photo blogs and pinterest: where the kids are happy and smiling and the lighting is perfect. Cut to reality; a very upset vampire who can't find her collar and a very anxious rose fairy who could care less about the vampire collar. By the time everyone got it together, it was dark, the collar-less vampire and rose fairy were running from house to house and no one would stand still for a photo. The one photo I did get when they stood still long enough, Lucy's eyes were glowing green, she was moving and she really looked like vampire. So I chose my second favorite part of the evening: checking out the candy. My dog Johnny was very tired from tagging along and thought it a good idea to take a nap on top of the Halloween loot! I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  -Dina

Every week or two, in my role as a support person, I help facilitate a "community night" with the Kansas City Jesuit Volunteers (I was a JV myself in Tacoma 10 years ago). This past week we spent the evening carving pumpkins. They have a wonderful front porch, which provided the perfect setting to show off our creations.  -Cort

Next Week's Theme: Squared