butterflies and anvils spring issue is here!

featuring photographer grace kari. thanks also to contributing writers jenni fraser and gillian kessler!


Contemporary Trends in Photography 

My recent lecture at the B&H Event Space is now up for watching! As in instructor I love to teach topics of interest to me and I only hope that my curiosity and excitement translate through the presentation. This is one of those topics for me - the crossroads of Contemporary Trends in Photography with the History of Photography. Here, I discuss four major trends happening currently, and I trace their lineage to early beginnings in Photographic History. Enjoy! And thanks to B&H!

Contemporary Trends in Photography. 
by Eileen Rafferty


sneak peak...

spring issue of butterflies and anvils. 
coming soon!


April 3. I'll be doing two lectures at the B&H event space with the awesome B&H folks. The two classes will be discussing Contemporary Trends in Photography, tying them to their historical counterparts and a lecture in Seeing in Black and White. Here's the link to the class descriptions. 


push.  push.  push.


2014. a new year. i love fresh starts. not that we don't carry forward our experiences from yesterday. here's some of what the end of 2013 looked like for me. time working hard in the studio. and travel to new faraway places for inspiration.

sketching in the studio.

copenhagen, denmark.



butterflies and anvils summer/fall issue 
is here!

featuring photographer forest woodward. thanks also to contributing writer jenni fraser. enjoy!


sneak peak...butterflies & anvils summer issue. coming soon!



summer in the san juan islands...

just returned home from my workshop in the san juan islands, washington. a truly magical place. being surrounded by large bodies of water, towering trees and shifting fog and mist is never a bad thing. stunning. we traveled by ferry to three islands, each with its own personality and beautiful scenery. it's always a bit difficult to leave each time - but it's comforting to know we'll be back this time next year.

talking with you.
about the state of the world.
and where we fit in.
crunching leaves...

moving through. simply.

airplane graveyard.
you stand among the ruins.
delicate and hopeful and young. busted up fuselage. your dress so fitted and pressed.
motionless. burned out wings.
not knowing if the remains are yours.
injured girl.
rusting yellow metal in heaps. lush green grass grows around you. as the bright country sun lights up your hair.
sun flare obscures your face and shoulder.
but you remain.
a giant among the battered pieces.
of this airplane graveyard.
and your world.

once we were best friends. without even knowing.
it's your turn to turn off the light.

once we were alike. without even knowing.
watching thunderstorms on the patio.

once we were confidantes. without even knowing.
we didn’t know what secrets were.

once we were happy. without even knowing.
that goodness meant we were together.

. you whispered. i heard it. i am sure.

grow. i whispered back. on the breeze that blew between us.

grow. i feel it. but i sit here in defiance.

grow. you know it. and you thrust out your shoots, without intention.

grow. i want it. but i am swimming in the thickest sea.

grow. you must. so you reach through the power lines for your sky.

grow. i can. but these tendrils hold me to this merciless earth.

grow. you will. and i’ll look for shelter below you.

grow. i will. but first let me rest my body against you.

grow. you have. and i cannot imagine this world without you.

grow. i am trying. but i cannot keep up with you.

grow. you show me. let me learn from your strength.

grow. i whispered. did i hear it? i am sure.