Hi! I'm Laura, a freelance writer and journalist based in Austin, Texas. I've covered a range of topics, from smartphone photography to the world's biggest yew hedge. My work has appeared regularly in WIRED and Hyperallergic, though I've also had bylines in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, BBC Travel, Dwell, Artsy, and the Paris Review Daily.
I hold a master's degree in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from NYU and a bachelor's degree in painting. When I'm not working, I love to read, draw, and bake (lately, almond tarts).
"A picture is worth a thousand words," but great pictures also provoke conversation. The following is a selection of articles I've written about photography.
ARTICLES AND FEATURES
In 1920s New York, This Woman Typist Became a Pioneering Aerial Photographer [Smithsonianmag.com]
Why We All Take the Same Travel Photos” [WIRED.com]
How Photos Fuel the Spread of Fake News [WIRED.com]
15,000 UFO Enthusiasts Space Out Hard in Roswell [WIRED.com]
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet." - Stephen Hawking
Fusion Energy Gets Ready to Shine—Finally [WIRED Magazine, May 2020 Issue]
Floating Farms Point the Way to Alternative Food Ecosystems [WIRED Magazine, March 2020 Issue]
Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming [WIRED Magazine, February 2020 Issue]
The Largest Scientific Structure Ever Powers Up in Africa [WIRED Magazine, January 2020 Issue]
What It Takes to Turn a Vintage F-16 Into a Drone [WIRED Magazine, December 2019 Issue]
NASA's Biggest Telescope Ever Prepares for a 2021 Launch [WIRED Magazine, November 2019 Issue]
Giant Lasers Bring Distant Twinkling Stars Into Sharp Focus [WIRED Magazine, December 2018 issue]
The Spiky Simulator That Will Help Find Oceans in Space [WIRED Magazine, September 2018 issue]
Homes for Refugees: Eight New Designs for Conflict Housing [TheGuardian.com]
What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps [TheAtlantic.com]