• The Stinky Cure

    I recently recalled a brief conversation I had with my Grandmother about hHello, world! I am writing to you from the comfort of my living room while I work in my pajamas. I sense you are wondering if I just stayed in my pajamas from last night. The answer is no. These are my day pajamas, I’m not a monster. Right now, they have become “day-drinking pajamas,” again, please hold your judgment. I recently recalled a conversation I had with my Grandmother about her elders surviving the Spanish Flu. Given our current situation, now was as good as any to call my Grandmother and see if I remembered the story…

  • 100 Stories for 100 Years

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you tell the story of one hundred years of Reno Rodeo? One interview, one photo, one story at a time. At the end of 2016, I stood red faced, sweaty, and nervous as hell in front of a room of cowboy hats and starched shirts. In a quaking voice, I pitched to them my method to tell “100 Stories for 100 Years of Reno Rodeo.” My concept for Reno Rodeo 100 was a really a replicate of my existing and ongoing project The Folk & The Lore: use a mix of photography, video, audio, and live storytelling,…

  • Storyteller Spotlight: Brian Monahan

    In honor of Burning Man, this story is from our August 19, 2017 event titled “The Playa.” Brian Monahan is a long time burner, a native Nevadan, and a leather craftsman. Brian’s story hits on all of the special qualities of Burning Man, including: curiosity, community, and the complexity of living on a dry, Nevada lakebed for a week. If you are interested in more stories from The Folk & The Lore, please subscribe to the blog and consider pitching a story.


    I am currently seeking storytellers for our annual scary storytelling event. This year’s spooky show, Local Haunts, will take place at the Nevada Museum of Art on October 26, 2019, tix here. Stories should be true, take place in Nevada, and between 10-15 minutes when told live. If you have a good story, but are TERRIFIED of telling it live, I would be happy to coach you and help you prep your story. This event is designed for nonprofessional speakers: normal people from our community that have a good story to tell. Pitch Your Story

  • One Tool for All The Stories

    Best Practices for capturing your family’s story on your smartphone. I am a professional photographer, and yet, my daughter Ruby’s existence has been documented almost exclusively on my smartphone. While I am ever so grateful for modern dslr lenses and great big digital sensors, it isn’t lost on me that the value of an image is not presupposed by the value of the camera it was taken with. Beautiful stories can be told with a crayon, let alone a pinhole camera, or a $10,000 dslr setup. I have learned in my 20 years of shooting, that the best camera is the one with you. Smartphones are ubiquitous and have some…