A journalist by profession and a photographer by obsession, in both my worlds I am a gleaner, listening and looking for the telling detail to capture, the moment of revelation that slips away too quickly. Behind the camera, I collect visual ephemera: the way the corner of a building reaches toward a cloud, the way shadows play on a wall or sunlight glints on steel. I'm the one you'll see stopping in the middle of a crowded sidewalk to stare at the sky, crouching down for a closer glimpse at peeling paint, or craning my neck to make visual sense out of a chaotic construction site. Photography for me is a way of experiencing the city in its many moods, of finding--and focusing attention on--beauty in the ordinary, the ugly, and the unexpected.

Latest news:
If you've noticed a lot of pictures of mosques lately, that's because I moved to Istanbul at the end of January. I'll be blogging about my experience at The Turkish Life.

Recently published photos:
* One of my photos was included in the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia exhibit catalog Divine Inspiration - Seven Principles of Islamic Architecture.
* I've got eight photos and a short essay featured in issue #2 of metroblossom.
* Three of my photos are in Nocturnes 2006, an online exhibit of night photography.

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Jennifer Hattam
June 2005
San Francisco
Istanbul, Turkey