Sunday, December 05, 2010

Double Exposure

When I was about 16 years old my Dad gave me his 35mm SLR camera. It was my most prized possession. I was always composing photographs in my head and I kept thinking about how lighting would work in various situations. Buying and developing film became an expensive hobby. Every shutter release was costing me a quarter. . . click click click. Twenty five cents per photo was a lot of money for a teenager, especially because I was shooting so frequently.

There was a point where it wasn't financially irresponsible to keep shooting film. Eventually I had to succumb to digital photography. Regardless, I never abandoned film. Here are a few photos from one of the best rolls I have ever shot.

I shot these on my Olympus XA using Ilford Delta 100 film. After shooting this roll once, I unwound it, put it back in the camera and shot it over again. The roll was developed under 3 heavy comforters (a make-shift dark room) at my friend Jeana Dee Allen's apartment. I was overjoyed with the results.






Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Ginger Zing!

This is my guest post on Beer and Comics

Ginger is one of my favorite flavors. I have ginger in my green tea, I garnish my food with it, I even use ginger toothpaste for that extra zing every morning. So when I was looking to satiate my ginger craving in The City (NYC) the big “Ginger” sign on this bottle drew me in from across the deli.

Unfiltered Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost has pure and natural ingredients and a wonderfully fresh mouth feel. Unlike other ginger beers and ginger ales, it doesn’t leave you with an unnatural tongue burn. As you can see in the picture above, the small pieces of ginger settle at the bottom and it is recommended to give the bottle a gentle shake before you drink. It is made it with a surprisingly simple list of ingredients: water, pure cane sugar, ginger, and citric acid . There is only one Whole Foods Market in Michigan that is stocking this ginger ale but hopefully more will start [full distribution list here].

Friday, July 02, 2010

Abita gets Sassafras-y

This is my guest post on Beer and Comics

Michigan has had absolutely beautiful weather lately and there is no better way to spend a Spring evening than making music with friends. In preparation for watching the sunset from my porch, Ian and I went for a quick shopping trip. As he perused the isles for the best microbrews, I search for root beer. I almost missed the stack of Abita root beer until he pointed out this six pack.

Abita brews their root beer with spring water and they use cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. This root beer is not very rooty and gives you a very soft mouth feel. Abita has kept the carbonation low so that you can enjoy the subtle taste. I wouldn’t pair it with any overpowering flavors.

I am really happy to see Abita is making muslim-friendly drinks. I highly recommend their root beer. It has been a fast favorite for me.


Made with spring water

P.S. Thanks a lot to the Beer and Comics crew for letting me post here! I like root beer almost just as much as they like beer. I look forward to sharing my passion with you all.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day


I have one of the coolest fathers on the planet. Because of my Dad (and Mom) my siblings and I got to have the most enjoyable childhood. We had vacations amongst Himalayan peaks and my dad took us for epic motorcycle rides. Even though, we took it for granted at the time, I am glad that he would choose the motorcycle over the car when he took us out. I will never forget maneuvering heavy Pakistani traffic and having absolute confidence in his driving. I think Dads are the only people who get that blind confidence. Those motorcycle rides trained me for all the biking I was to do in adulthood.

Shangrila lake
Shangrila Lake, N.W.F.P Pakistan

Trango towers - Pakistan
Trango Towers - N.W.F.P Pakistan

Here are some more pictures of my Dad being a total bad ass. None of these photos are mine because most of them were taken before I picked up the camera.

Dad and uncles
My dad on his motorcycle with my uncles

My dad at a dinner
My dad (far right) at a military dinner.

My dad was a paratrooper

Bell SA 330
Getting ready to fly the SA-330 Puma

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


My friend Iron John Logan made this motorycle from an old steel bicycle frame. He rebuilt the frame to accommodate the fuel tank and a snowblower's motor. I got to test ride it yesterday and it brought back memories of my old bike. Regardless of the engine size, there is something exhilarating about motorcycles. I love this bike.

Cherry Hill Neighbourhood, Lansing, MI. Hugh C. modeling for me.

The motorcycle

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sickle Cell Anemia in Nigeria

Photo from: Migration for Development
My professor (left in front row) just sent me this article about a sickle cell genetic counseling seminar we conducted in Abuja, Nigeria.

Article: Nigerian diaspora doctors join medical medical experts in Nigeria to raise awareness of sickle cell anemia

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The fifty is nifty but. . .

My 50mm prime lens is incredible for portraits and low light settings but I am really starting to miss having a wide angel perspective on the world.

I shot a roll with my old film SLR and here are a few of the pictures.

Playing with my old kit lens

Tower Plaza

Berkey Hall, MSU


Friday, January 15, 2010

Notebooks from recycled paper

Today, I went through my recycling bin and sorted out all the pages with single sided printing.

I took half the stack to Kinkos for binding and with the other half I made my own composition book.


Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year 010110

I wish you a very Happy New Year.

I hope 2010 brings great things to all our lives.