happy 2011! i have been waiting to write a new post because i have many exciting new things to announce for me and any followers of this blog. i'll address that in the next post...but for now, wanted to post a link to an interview with me that appeared in 
the missoulian, our local newspaper. joe nickell had many interesting and probing questions about the role and importance of black and white photography in our current digital and color dominated world.  

hope you enjoy it and feel free to respond!

will post more news shortly!


  1. Well said m' lady. Wish I could of been there to hear you speak. Can't wait to hear exciting news too! Happy new year. :)

  2. thanks, hailey! same to you and your man! will keep you updated on new things!

  3. Great article in the Missoulian. Sounds like your lecture was a hit, since some of my students said it was packed! Way to go! :-)

  4. Eileen,
    I was at a workshop with Jay Maisel a couple of months ago and he kept talking about the "seduction of color" to photographers, where the color becomes the subject and the composition becomes mush. From that I've been working with B&W medium format since then and also got a 5x7 view camera for more monochrome work. It's definitely helping me see a different world. Wish I could be there for your presentation - I'm sure it would help my eye!

  5. awesome, mel! it def. opens your eye to a whole new way of seeing. and once you've arrived there, even the color world will have changed for you. lots of fun. thanks for the comments.

  6. Wonderful article Eileen...Congratulations!


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.