Monday, December 19, 2011

Prints for Sale

Last minute Christmas shopping? We have selected a handful of our favorite 2011 Morgan & Owens prints to share with you, now on sale at our photoshelter gallery. 
Shipped from US, in sizes from desk-top 4"x 5" to big-wall 24"x 35," in prints and stretched canvas. If you're located in Europe, Asia, or elsewhere, drop us a line, and we'll work out getting your print to you. Limited editions will be printed by us and shipped at the New Year, when we return from a little merry-making trip to Phuket.
We're launching with 16 editions of landscapes, seascapes, poolscapes, and friendly faces. Thanks! and please comment if you have any questions or special requests.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Singapore Eating Guide

Happy Holidays! While we all have food on the mind, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite local eating.

In the past year we have had the opportunity -- no make that 3 opportunities -- to shoot stories on Singapore's extraordinary food culture. We love nothing more than to get to go inside the kitchens, get to know talented chefs and makan makan makan, or eat eat eat. So this is going to be a multi-stage post, as I take a moment before James finishes the kari ikan (Malay fish curry) we're having for dinner, to note a few of my favorites.

If you'll allow us to become temporary food bloggers (like Marge Simpson) here follows our totally biased, woefully incomplete, and entirely delicious

Guide to Eating Well in Singapore

Eat Laksa, Popiah, Chilli Crab, Chwee Kueh, Ondeh Ondeh, & Kaya Toast

These are our favorite (mostly pescetarian) local dishes.

Deserving of its own category, LAKSA is a coconut noodle soup, flavored by a complex spice mix that changes from region to region, even between neighborhoods (but always includes laksa leaves). Sungei Road Laksa, near the "Thieves Market" where the older gentleman behind the counter "tariks" or pulls the coconut broth over the noodles. Get two bowls so you don't have to stand in line twice -- you will want more. My friend over at Notabilia just posted a vegetarian recipe you might wanna try....

POPIAH rolls resemble a small burrito: a rice paper"skin" wrapped around cabbage, nuts, eggs, tiny shrimp, chili and seasoning. Qi Ji, a local chain whose most central location is at the bottom of the Technology mall Funan. Pick up a hard drive and a delicious snack! Fresh iced chrysanthemum tea and popiah, mmmmmm.
    KUEH Biting into a ondeh ondeh, a coconut sweet with palm sugar in the middle, is a messy, sweet, sticky, addictive experience. Maybe we moved to Tiong Bahru because we tasted one when we came by to see that apartment. The best, in my humble opinion, are at Galicia Pastry in Tiong Bahru, where you can also get kueh dar dar, or little green kaya & coconut wraps, and cannisters of pineapple tarts at the Chinese new year.
    Also in Tiong Bahru market food center, you'll find stalls three excellent dishes to try: Chwee Kueh, a hot preserved radish topping on glutinous rice cake with chili oil at Jian Bo #02-05, Lor Mee, a thick soup with fried fish on top at #02-23, and Pau (hot steamed buns) at Tiong Bahru Pau #02-18. You should probably have some sugarcane juice with lemon to wash it down. 
    KAYA Toast, a generous helping of coconut and pandan jam between slices of toast and toast-sized butter, is one of my favorite treats here. Get "Set A" at either major kaya toast chain -- Toast Box or Ya Kun Kaya Toast -- and it comes with two half-boiled eggs, dark soy and white pepper, and a kopi, or local boiled coffee with sweetened condensed milk and sugar. You can also get toast with peanut butter, pork floss, and other toppings, and at Toast Box, they have decent noodle dishes and a bakery. I hear of more traditional coffeeshops in the east, but unfortunately, I haven't tried them all yet. 

    The Chilli Crab, favorite national dish to serve to tourists, is really extraordinary. You can get lots of versions of it, and they are all different recipes. Black Pepper Crab, Crab Bee Hoon (see above) -- all are wonderful, so eat in a big group to get more than one. Our favorite spot for this dish is at East Coast Park, where several of the best seafood restaurants are "co-located," in a pleasant breezy spot by the sea.    
    Finally, there's Chicken Rice. I've never tried it, but our subjects always seem to LOVE Tian Tian at Maxwell Hawker Center, and so do Robin and James. So there you go. 
    Next time, I'll report on food served with air-conditioning. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shanghai edition

: AroundSpace Gallery (

...part of our "From Singapore with Love" blog-post series

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Seoul Cool - September, Travel + Leisure

Things we loved in Seoul: The street scene - very nyc, the coffee shops (millions of them), the indie designers, Mapo-Gu and Garosugil, walking around the hills of Samcheong Dong, vegetarian dinner at Baru, Miss Park, the size (one of the largest five cities in the world, surprisingly), the couple who started Mogool Millinery, Soju....and, of course, all the lovely people we met and worked with!
A lot more than a little bit of soul in Seoul.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011


Earlier this summer I made a quick visit to see my dear friends Raphaëlle and Xabi in Paris. Raphaëlle shared this grand exhibition, Monumenta, "Leviathan" by Anish Kapoor. The video does not do justice to the delightful experience of being plankton for a day.

A quick plug, Xabi has a new book out this month, here (en français).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Malaysia's foodie tour - Budget Travel's May issue

This one blew right by us! We shot this feature for Budget Travel in the May issue. It's a wonderful journey up the Malay peninsula from Melaka (Malacca) to Kuala Lumpur up to Penang.

DONALD & LILIE'S: This wonderful family of three takes Nonya cuisine to a whole new level. They operate a small unassuming cafe out of the back of their Peranakan home on the main drag of Melaka's historic district. It was after tasting their Laksa that James decided it to be his favorite Southeast Asian dish -- followed closely by Roti canai! This shoot, for us, was an opportunity to try all the different sorts of Laksa they make in Malaysia -- Assam, Nonya, etc.

Because Melaka is so small it feels very classic. Some of the best places in town are tucked into 100+ year-old shophouses, and the vibe is lively on weekends as people pour in from nearby Singapore for a taste. Here, the Peranakan tradition seems very strong, at least at the tourist level.

KUALA LUMPUR: The contrast between little historic Melaka and bustling modern Kuala Lumpur is stark. We were in the Jalan Alor area, where the street food is gritty and hot! The vibe seems like a blur between classic Malay culture and architecture mixed with a street vibe that I imagine might resemble New York in the 1970's. We introduced ourselves to barbecue stingray, which tasted like something between crab meat and moist grilled cod, and loving the tangy and spicy rub.
The Sunday morning scene at Yut Kee, where the one-day-a-week roast pork extravaganza creates a line all day long! (right)

We hear rumors that this old and cherished establishment might be pushed out by city development in the area. We sincerely hope not!

Next stop, OLD-TOWN PENANG: We've walked the streets within this historic, unesco-heritage town several times now! It's old, it's hot, rough-and-tumble, and completely charming. In Georgetown, you can find old popiah sheet-makers (below, right) - think pizza tossers mixed with crepe street-venders.

Hotels like the Straights Collection that let you roam through vintage architecture and straits-style furnishings. It's no-doubt our favorite place to stay when in Malaysia (aside from its other location on the island of Langkawi!)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Big River

Before we introduce this new work to you, I'd like to take a moment to remember my Aunt Lorene Joslin, who passed away peacefully in Springfield, Missouri this past weekend. A minister to the deaf and a woman of great faith, who spoke with her hands and her heart, she will be missed by our families. I'd like to dedicate the photograph you see here, made last October in Laos, to her memory. It's one of my very favorites, and I hope she'll like it.

One of our adventures last fall was a three day trip up the mighty Mekong from the Thai border to Luang Prabang last October with the classy boat outfitters Luang Say. We shot the story for Budget Travel's spring "Dream Trips" issue.

James is fond of telling people that two things are true of Laos, first, that we would never in a million years have thought we'd get the opportunity to go there twice, each October we've been in Asia--it's just so far away feeling. Second, the town of Luang Prabang is the rare place where you can close your eyes and know right where you are: the smell of the river and the spicy food, the sounds of chanting, bells, and bicycles, the soft mountain air on your face. We'd gladly spend a lifetime sitting in front of Le Banneton, munching on croissants and coffee, getting to know the young monks of Wat Saen, and smiling back at the golden Buddha across the road.
Our boat stopped over at a small fishing village near Pakbeng. The Khamu (or Khmu), one of the largest ethnic groups in Laos (a place of many ethnicities), live communally in small villages along the river, trading products, fish and rice in the market in Luang Prabang.

It's become an integral part of our photographic practice to give back to the people we photograph by making polaroids after the shooting's done. So without further ado: a video of our happy afternoon among the Khamu.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blissed out Bali! On Newstands

In December we made a second trip to Mambal, near Ubud, to photograph a new treatment center for Destinasian, a luxury travel magazine based on this side of the world.
We lit the model Indah (left) with a strobe in a bathtub to her left, and photographed her from a neighboring treatment hut.

The river-side retreat, called Fivelements, provides the healing arts Bali has become known for, and adds an exceptional raw-vegan restaurant, villas with groovy lights, and family-style attention to a long list of spiritual and physical interventions, performed by these guys: Pak Dewa re-aligned my Chakras one afternoon, and Wayan cured a headache with a brief massage, and everyone there made us feel right at home.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Recipe Binder, now available

If you had the pleasure of eating chez James on Henry Street, you'll know I have kept up an extensive collection of recipes to keep him curious and cooking! That scrapbook, a record of what we made there for you in those good years, fell apart. So in order to preserve the memories these recipes contain, I've scanned every page and had them rebound on Blurb.

You might have seen advance copies at Katie's or Gram's or Mom's house at Christmas time. You can order your own if you like! There's several ways to make a Chocolate Chip Cookie inside, and James's vegetarian chilli, and some recipes you've shared with us. Don't hesitate to let us know your favorites!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Singapore feature: now on newsstands

We've got a feature in January's Travel + Leisure (US edition) on our town. Apologies to our local friends for the note of surprise the author adopts when finding Singapore fun, passionate, cool.

For this story, since we are "on the ground" in the city, we contributed photographs of some of our favorite places to round out the coverage. Among these are the handsome young men of White Canvas Gallery (see the opening spread) and Sungei Road Laksa, a "die-die must try" bowl of deliciousness that costs $4 (below).

Our thanks to T+L for giving us such a fine excuse to spend some serious time shooting our own backyard.