Ask an Activist

Ask an Activist

Photographing and interviewing ACT-UP activists March is not only Women's History Month, but it also marks the anniversary (the 34th this year) of ACT UP--the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Over the past twenty years, I've had the opportunity to meet, interview and photograph many LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS activists, many of them ACT UP activists. [...]

Quarantine Photography

Quarantine Photography

Photography ideas to help (some of) us get through the COVID-19 quarantine and ready for a post-pandemic world Now that vaccinations are happening, some of us dare to begin feeling hopeful, yet again. As life goes on, we soon discover a new and better kind of "normal," and maybe a better quality of life, overall. [...]

Ask a Photographer

Ask a Photographer

Interviewing photographers

Warrior Within

Warrior Within

A #tbt interview with award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston, originally published in A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine Some fifteen years ago, I came across a contest looking for works by visual artists and writers. The contest was called Unfinished Works and featured a black-and-white photograph--The Last Light, by Kurt Weston. Although I didn't know it [...]

…And Other “Action” Imagery

…And Other “Action” Imagery

Photographing people "in action" In a previous post, a few weeks ago, I mentioned "calm imagery." Today, let's look at "action imagery" and not just any kind of action imagery. Let me explain.... When we think of "action shots" or "action photography" usually the images that come to mind might show bikers jumping off cliffs, [...]

Dark Mood in Photography

Dark Mood in Photography

As I often find myself on the darker side of life, I also capture images that evoke a darker, more somber mood. Today I'd like to share a few examples of dark-mood photography, as well as a few links to some of my previous posts about capturing mood in photography. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCuF43hDrn2/ Here are a few [...]

Photographing Winter

Photographing Winter

Photographing the 2021 blizzard during the coronavirus pandemic February is here and so is the blizzard of 2021. Yesterday, snow and wind covered the NYC area, and it looks like it will be snowing some more today. This year, with the pandemic still upon us, I decided not to venture out, and, instead, to take [...]

On Organizing Image Files

On Organizing Image Files

Organizing image files is something that we don't really do on a daily basis, yet something that, as photographers, we've done over the years, on a more or less consistent basis. Chances are that, over time, our way of thinking about how best to organize image files and folders has also changed. Hence, every once [...]

Calm Imagery

Calm Imagery

Lately, I've noticed terms like "calm images" or "calming photography" or popping up in online searches. I think it makes sense, based on the rollercoaster so many of us have been through this the past year...years, actually. Hence, there's no surprise that we seek creative work that's more soothing and calming for the mind, body, [...]

Under the Covid-19 Dome

Under the Covid-19 Dome

The story behind the image Today I'd like to share with you the story of an image I made last summer, during the Covid-19 quarantine. It's an image I called "Under the Covid-19 Dome" and one that was included in The Pandemic Archive Project. So, here it goes: I was out on the balcony, sipping [...]