The Locals' Guide to Portland, Maine for the Wall Street Journal

“James Beard award-winning restaurants line cobblestone streets, breweries turn out serious suds and the lobster roll is in a constant state of upscale reinvention. Portland, Maine, is a food-lover’s fantasyland, but the culture goes well beyond the plate. Works by Renoir, Homer and Picasso hang at the Portland Museum of Art, and Mother Nature puts on an all-seasons show. Set on the water—the Casco Bay islands make for picturesque day trips—the former capital of the state is rife with trails winding through its parks and promenades. Visitors are prone to mid-hike epiphanies: Why not live here? Soon after novelist Richard Russo and his wife, Barbara, moved to town, daughters Kate and Emily followed. Emily opened PRINT, a bookstore in artsy Munjoy Hill. ‘Our roots in Portland are very deep,’ said Mr. Russo, whose new book, Chances Are… was written there. ‘I can’t think what would get us out of here now.’”

An insider’s guide to Portland, with recommendations by artist Will Sears, chefs Ilma Lopez and Damian Sansonetti, designer Jill McGowan, and writer Richard Russo. Photographed for the Wall Street Journal.

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New Adventure // Ten days in Guatemala


For the last two years, I've headed to Guatemala to spend some time with my family (who live in Idaho) and to work with our favorite organization, Hug It Forward, who works with communities to address Guatemala's school shortage by constructing schools from collected rubbish. Guatemala is a country of artists, or remarkably resilient and peaceful people. 

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New Adventure // Senegal


I spent the month of March in Saint Louis, Senegal (also called Ndar), as an artist in residence at Waaw Senegal working on a larger documentary project. It has become my favorite trip I’ve ever taken. I am absolutely fascinated by Western Africa: Senegal is a Wolof-speaking, predominantly Muslim former French colony and this cultural melange is revealed in food, music, architecture, etc. Being a visitor in a place like Senegal is exhilarating: every day provides new questions and answers and offers vibrant, intense and beautiful experiences. 

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