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How a day without devices reset and re-energized me.

A few weeks ago, while participating in my daily mediation on the Calm app, the narrator suggested the idea of taking a day off from devices. Anything with a screen was a no-go. She said to think of this day as a reset and monitor the benefits.

I spent the entirety of 2020 off social media, so I understood how this concept of a day without screens could be pretty powerful to creatives. …


Here’s what happened

About a week ago, I thought I came across a retail steal. I was wrong but wouldn’t find this out until much later. You see, I’ve been on the search for a broken camera lens to use for parts. Unfortunately for me, the lens is expensive and hard to come across broken.

After days of perusing frequented marketplaces, I decided to search outside my usual haunts. I took a skip, hop, and a jump over to Etsy and took a look around. To my surprise, I found the lens, but it came as apart of a package deal. …


It’s more than a game.

My earliest memories of puzzles come from watching my mom play Crosswords in pen. As these things sometimes go, I did not inherit her ability to crush that particular word game. Instead, I found myself drawn to the number game in the newspaper, Sudoku.

I’m by no means a math wizard and opted out of math classes as soon as possible in high school. However, I’ve always enjoyed the logic of Sudoku. Nine numbers, nine boxes, no repeats of numbers in rows or three by three boxes. Easy enough, right?

My obsession with Sudoku has…


My first month in review

I started the year determined not to spend any new money on cameras. Sounds easy enough to the average individual, I’m sure, but I bought five cameras last year.

I promise I don’t have a weird obsession. I’m a photographer, and I make content on my YouTube channel about photography.

Nonetheless, if I want a new camera this year, I have to trade for it or sell off my existing cameras to purchase a new camera with the sale’s profits. With this in mind, I began researching buying and selling platforms available to me.

In…


I’ve got a survival guide right here.

It doesn’t take much to become an outcast within the typical black household construct. It’s as simple as enjoying country music, being vegan, or voting Republican.

The list goes on, but I think I’ve made my point. To be an individual within a black family is to stand out, and that’s not always ideal.

Last summer, while visiting, my younger sister let slip over dinner that I was considered the family’s black sheep. I couldn’t believe it. Me? Out of everyone in our family, I’m the black sheep? How Sway?

I want to…


Four outstanding benefits of teaming up to make photos

A few weekends ago, I got an invite to go on a photo walk with a photographer I’d met earlier in the year. He’d been eager to try out my Leica M3, and I was up for getting out of my apartment and making images.

We’d met up once before, and I picked the neighborhood. With this in mind, I encouraged the other photographer to choose our next location and route.

We ended up in Chinatown, and it was not the Chinatown I’d grown familiar with over the past several years…


For incredible perks of befriending your elders

My entire life, I’ve heard I have an old soul. When you’re eight, the literal interpretation of this statement freaks you out.

In high school, my basketball coach donned me with the nickname, Grandma. I gained this moniker because I conserved energy during wind sprints, but it also had to do with my heightened maturity level in my team’s group setting.

My mom has long suspected it’s because I’m a September baby, which landed me in a grade level with peers almost a year younger than me. Thanks, public school.

I’ve always gravitated towards people older than me. I gambled…


Four ways to contribute and make a difference

I often find myself at my local camera repair shop chopping it up with the owner about all things photography. During our last catch-up session, I informed him about Fuji ending its run of Fujifilm Pro 400h.

To which the owner shrugged and replied: “I give film photography 20 more years at most, that’s it.”

His words landed like a direct hit to my solar plexus, wind gone. He laid out the reasoning behind his conclusion, and although bleak, he made a lot of good points.

There aren’t many companies manufacturing film…


Here’s how growing up with a bully prepared me.

After years of producing original online content, my time has come. I’ve gained my first internet troll. Also known as haters, bullies, envious spectators, these types of individuals have been around since the beginning of humanity.

During my formative years, social media and online bullying hadn’t reached the heights they’re at today. I was lucky and unlucky. If I signed off a platform or delete an account altogether, I could presumably rid myself of any online adversarial confrontation.

However, the bullies I encountered during my childhood were all live and in person. …


It’s never too late to find your people.

It can seem like a daunting effort to go out and make new friends. It’s not like it was during childhood. Back then, all you had to do was ask someone to be your friend, and it was a pretty good bet you’d be eating pudding together by recess.

Making friends as an adult lacks the simplicity and nuance childhood provided. Now, it feels like sitting down at a chessboard to make friends. My anxiety levels spike every time I know I’m going to be meeting new people, and it doesn’t matter the circumstances.

Will they like me? Will I…

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