Design and Photography Portfolio

What is good design?

Good design is innovative, useful, aesthetic, honest, and understandable. It is also unobtrusive, thorough, and “as little design as possible.” These principles sound twenty-first century. And they are. But they were articulated by a man who began his ...

My Artist Statement

Birch trees swayed in the gentle breeze, casting long shadows on the colorful wooden houses that were coming to life after a long, cold winter. Earlier, we had dug up trash from a dump by the pond and buried it in the sandpile by Igor’s dacha. Then we lit ...

Uniting Differences

Last summer, I spent two weeks as an interpreter for the US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Program in the southern Muslim-majority region of Karachaevo-Cherkesiа in Arkhyz. The program united University of Oregon and North-Caucasus Federal University students in a ...

Jeanne

To say that Jeanne is the template of a typical french denizen would be an understatement. At a first glance, Jeanne radiates enthusiasm for her culture, she rushed to the shores of the United States to share her knowledge for the language and culture she ...

Checkpoints

There are many checkpoints in life that we believe we must pass to feel mature. In elementary school, it was being able to walk home from school alone. In Middle school, it was finally being allowed to go shopping on my own. And for high school, let’s be ...

Small House

I’ve always been bicultural. Growing up in a fully Russian family, I had a one-sided view of the world for a long time. It’s no surprise that the culture in Russia is vastly different than in America. Ever since I was dropped off in elementary school, I ...

Daycare

I stammered, resisted, and twisted myself to escape the restraint of the of the car seat. No matter how loud I bellowed the car kept driving. I screamed in desperation, “please! Mom… I don’t want to go to daycare!,” but it was too late, my mom was ...

Drugged Up

The alarm clock buzzes. It’s a chore to open my eyes. They spring back closed again. It’s still dark outside. The alarm clock reads 4:17 AM. I lie fatigued in my bed, trying to assimilate yesterday’s events. Trotting to the kitchen, I flick on the lights ...

Shauger

I never thought I would build an electric go-kart until I met Shauger. He is a man of little words, but a craftsman at heart. He unrolled under from under his experimental vehicle he was building for the burning man festival, which can seat four, crafted ...

Raisin

You hop around, scan your surroundings and hop away again. I lose sight of you, and speculate that you’re somewhere behind the table. I hear your soft paws scratching at wood floors somewhere in the distance. “Thump,” I look down and you’re right next to ...