Backroads are under-rated. The same, I believe, can be said for back-alleys.

I admit that, as an American, I’ve been socialized to stick to the main drag whenever possible. It’s faster certainly to take an Interstate when you’re traveling rather than to take some back road that will inevitably meander here and there.

And yet, I have learned over the years that “going off-the-beaten path” opens up the possibility for some exciting adventures that are impossible to find when one follows the straightest, fastest routes. …


It is inevitable around this time of year to recall other Christmases from years gone by. And yes, this may surprise some people, but even those of us who aren’t Christian are impacted by this holiday and have many a memory associated with it. Christmas is ubiquitous but more than this, it is a beautiful holiday that offers a universal message of peace and hope. And so when I, a Jew, have traveled the world around this time of year, it is inevitable that wherever I go, from India to Tunisia to Israel to Syria to Thailand, I have seen…


I first began photographing people when I studied abroad in high school. In those days, I was new at capturing shots of what I thought were “interesting” or “exotic” folks. To put it mildly, I had no idea what I was doing. And so, I resorted to what I thought at the time was a reasonable solution: I used a 250 mm telephoto.

So you can just imagine the scene. There I am, a 16-year old youth sipping Turkish coffee in an Arab market somewhere in the Middle East while surreptitiously sneaking shots of the folks around me as they…


For many of us who are involved in photography, the tools of the trade are a significant part of our craft. While I have never believed that a better camera or lens will by definition lead to better photos, there is no doubt that it’s difficult to do well in any field without having some half-decent equipment. True, we all have seen how many talented photographers can produce some beautiful images with just a simple iPhone while some folks, even with the most expensive DSLRs, may capture less than satisfactory snapshots. …


My sister texted me a photo of my dad a few days ago. Predictably, he’s sitting at a table reading the newspaper. For as long as I can remember, that is how I picture him. And if not, well, then I can envision him working assiduously on one of his many hobbies. And chief among these — again, as far back as I can remember — was photography.

My father got into photography when he was young which, in his case, meant back in the late 1930s. In those days of the Depression, finding work of any kind was hardly…

Steven C Dinero

Steven C. Dinero was a university professor in Philadelphia for over 20 years. He now lives in southern Wyoming where he is a photographer and writer.

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