Capturing a Pandemic
Today is December 1, World AIDS Day, WAD 2017. On this World AIDS Day, I just want to share a few HIV and AIDS stories I’ve covered over the years.
Here’s a picture of one of my favorite angels, the Bethesda Angel in Central Park. This particular image is a #tbt taken in 2009 with a Lensbaby composer using a star-shaped aperture ring (for those who’re interested).
Kurt Weston is only one of the artists whose work was inspired by Angels in America. Read more about his life and his art in Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography.
In 2007, I captured the image below at a World AIDS Day event. The image, Identity, was later included in one of the annual Fresh Fruit Festival shows, at Leslie Lohman Museum, in New York City.
Over the years, I’ve covered a variety of HIV- and AIDS-inspired shows and contributed to a few of them, too:
I’ve also had the opportunity to interview and photograph amazing and inspiring HIV and AIDS activists like Carlos Idibouo, Omar Garcia, Nancy Duncan, Steve Hayes, Jennifer Flynn Walker, and many more.
Or captured activists in action:
Capture the action:
Sometimes becoming part of the artistic…action–What Is Undetectable Flash Collective and Ideas City.
While working on a Bauhaus photography assignment, I ended up creating my Bauhaus rendering of the rainbow flag, including the black stripe, a reminder of those lost to the AIDS pandemic.
A few years ago I found myself in Washington Square Park, in Manhattan, and discovered a few bracelets. Just couldn’t resist:
This World AIDS Day, let’s remember those we’ve lost to the epidemic, those who have survived it and are here to tell its story, and let’s continue to make our voices heard. After all:
As always, thanks for stopping by!