Pandemic-Inspired Creative Work

Pandemic-Inspired Creative Work

On using creative work to capture pandemics such as HIV and AIDS, and the Coronavirus pandemic Oftentimes in life we have to face extreme situations--man- or nature-made--that, in turn, force us to look at life through a new lens, and compel us to capture the experience for ourselves and for those who come after us. [...]

The Symbolism of 7pm [cheer] in a (post) Covid-19 World

The Symbolism of 7pm [cheer] in a (post) Covid-19 World

A visual interpretation of the meaning and symbolism of 7pm cheer for Covid-19 first responders during and post coronavirus pandemic "Silence Equals Death, so let's make some noise," I wrote in a 2012 interview with artist/activist Nancer LeMoins for A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine. [As I also mentioned in my June 2019 A&U cover story, the [...]

Photographing LGBTQ+ Activists

Photographing LGBTQ+ Activists

On art and activism, collectives and community responses “[...] Everything about political and social engagement is a part of a process of collaboration,” artist, activist and author Avram Finkelstein once told me during an interview for A&U Magazine . "That’s what communities and community responses are. That’s what activism is. Activism is a community response [...]

Ron B: Portraits Through Time

Ron B: Portraits Through Time

Photographing celebrity host, actor and activist Ron B through the years I met Ron B in 2007. She was performing at a World AIDS Day event I was covering. The first thing that stood out to me, upon seeing her on stage, and then off stage, when she came to introduce herself to me, was [...]

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2019 World AIDS Day falls on December 1, an important day for me, personally, for a couple of other reasons. And for those reasons, this year's WAD was in particular a tough day for me. But, as they say, "the show must go on." Therefore, I spent WAD 2019 lighting candles, remembering [...]

How I Got That Shot: Identity

How I Got That Shot: Identity

Identity. WAD 2007. And Also how I met celebrity host, actor and advocate, Ron B.

LGBTQ+ History Month: Photographing Activists

LGBTQ+ History Month: Photographing Activists

Photographing activists. Stories of activism told in words and images.

The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment

How to Capture the Decisive Moment in Portrait Photography We've heard about Henri Cartier-Bresson and the decisive moment, right? But the question is, how do we capture that moment when photographing people? The key word is patience. As photographers, we need to have patience. Watch and wait and be ready to take (make) the shot. [...]

On B&W Photography

On B&W Photography

Seeing in Black and White "Throughout the years, many photographers have embraced black-and-white to tell some of the most intense, intriguing, powerful and memorable stories," I wrote in an article about photographer's Bill Bytsura's new book, The AIDS Activist Project. "[...] Award-winning photographer and AIDS activist Kurt Weston [A&U, November, 2005] says black-and-white offers his [...]

Summer Highlights

Summer Highlights

My Summer (so far) Summer is my favorite season, but this summer season has been different, for many reasons. For now let's look at the brighter side: photographed Brooklyn Pride, the only twilight Pride in the city https://www.instagram.com/p/BzJQTa2nEXl/ Attended the launch party of What Is 21st Century Liberation broasheet, event hosted by Visual AIDS Artist, [...]