by Amee Nassrene Broumand


The city was Boise, Idaho. The year was 1995. I was 17 and taking photography classes at Boise State University. While hovering over trays of chemicals in the darkroom one afternoon, I wound up having a three-hour-long conversation with one of my classmates, a gifted artist named Ronny Joe Grooms. Flash forward to 2017. I message my friend Ronny Joe – who goes professionally by the name of Narayan St. Jude – and ask him to join me in photographic conversation for Burning House Press.

He agrees.

The rules: I’d email him a photo, he’d email me a photo in response, I’d email him a photo in response to his response, and so on for a series of ten photographs.

The results:

Portland, Oregon     Photo: ANB
Oakland, California     Photo: Narayan St. Jude
Portland, Oregon     Photo: ANB
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania     Photo: Narayan St. Jude
Vancouver, Washington     Photo: ANB
Oakland, California     Photo: Narayan St. Jude
Portland, Oregon     Photo: ANB
Mountain View, California     Photo: Narayan St. Jude
Portland, Oregon     Photo: ANB
San Francisco, California     Photo: Narayan St. Jude


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Narayan St. Jude is the pseudonym of the interdisciplinary artist, freelance photographer, and journalism student Ronny Joe Grooms. He has a master’s degree in Art & Consciousness and is a certified yoga teacher. A dharma practitioner and social entrepreneur, he’s based in California and has conducted classes internationally. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Amee Nassrene Broumand is an Iranian-American poet. Her work can be found in Word Riot, Sundog Lit, A-Minor Magazine, Rivet, Modern Haiku, & elsewhere. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon & blogs for Burning House Press. Follow her on Twitter.