Hand Portraits – Revisited

Hand Portraits – Revisited

On the Renewed Significance and Symbolism of Photographing Hands--Hand Portraits and Gestures--in a Time of Covid-19 Months ago I started working on a new hand portrait series. At the time, I had more of an activism purpose in mind for this particular body of work. But then Covid-19 happened and it slightly started to reshape [...]

Symposia Bookstore

Symposia Bookstore

On the importance of art and culture, and supporting local artist communities in a time of coronavirus pandemic Today is Good Friday for many people and I decided to post something for this Easter weekend. There's no doubt that spring holidays--Passover or Easter (Catholic or Orthodox)--are quite different this year for many of us. Maybe [...]

Finding Comfort in Our Furry Friends

Finding Comfort in Our Furry Friends

...and hopefully a smile in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic I hope this finds you well and healthy. In a previous post I promised to eventually share something that might brighten our spirits, if only for a moment. After all, we might need that kind of moment these days, as we constantly try to [...]

Coronavirus Pandemic – Snapshots

Coronavirus Pandemic – Snapshots

Capturing the Coronavirus pandemic in words and images To borrow from Jonathan Larson's "Seasons of Love" [RENT, the musical], I wonder how do we measure a month in a life defined by the Coronavirus? I've never lived through a pandemic. I've been covering HIV and AIDS for almost twenty years, oftentimes through the stories of [...]

Coronavirus: Reflections On

Coronavirus: Reflections On

Thoughts on living in a time marked by the Coronavirus pandemic First and foremost, I hope this finds all of you well, safe, and healthy. I realize that this is my second consecutive post on Coronavirus (and won't be my last) but please bear with me. I promise I'll post something more uplifting, soon. "An [...]

Reflecting on Self, Creative Work and Life in a Time of Coronavirus

Reflecting on Self, Creative Work and Life in a Time of Coronavirus

...and any extreme situation we might find ourselves in, for that matter As individuals we often find ourselves having to face many kinds of extreme situations--man-made or nature-made. Oftentimes, these extreme situations change our lives and our views on life. So, how about today, in a time of Coronavirus? COVID-19 has forced many of us--on [...]

Learning Through Photographs

Learning Through Photographs

Images as Sources of Information A picture is worth a thousand words, and much, much more. An image doesn't only tell a story, visually, but it can also be also a fountain of information. It helps us learn more about photography, for example, how to interpret an image or "read" the visual story it tells. [...]

Gear (and Self) Care in a Time of Coronavirus

Gear (and Self) Care in a Time of Coronavirus

On keeping yourself and your photo gear as safe as possible when photographing on location in a time of coronavirus "Go wash your hands!" My mom would say every time I would show up for any meal. An infectious disease doctor treating contagious diseases day in and day out, she never, ever brought home any [...]