When Photographing People during COVID-19

When Photographing People during COVID-19

Safety measures to consider when photographing people in 2021 yet still during the Coronavirus pandemic Believe it or not, thanks to individuals who still refuse to wear masks or to wear masks correctly and keep a safe distance, the coronavirus pandemic is still upon us, and so are the never-ending but never-enforced lockdowns, shutdowns, and [...]

Two Pandemics: Parallels and Sources of Inspiration

Two Pandemics: Parallels and Sources of Inspiration

Drawing parallels between AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics (or how HIV and AIDS has inspired creative work capturing Coronavirus and Covid-19) Several people, on different occasions, have asked me to talk about similarities and differences between the pandemic of the eighties (or the eighties' "plague," how Larry Kramer called it) and the current, Coronavirus pandemic. While [...]

TTL: Covid-19 Juxtapositions

TTL: Covid-19 Juxtapositions

A look at life (so far) during Covid-19 and related creative work It's the day after Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., which usually means that summer is "unofficially" here. Yet, this year there's nothing "usual" about anything, it seems. Also, there's nothing resembling summer (summertime, summer lazy afternoons, etc.) either, not this past [...]

Keeping Up with Life during Covid19 Pandemic

Keeping Up with Life during Covid19 Pandemic

...or at least trying to I've lost track of time. These days it's like living in a loop, to some extend. There's no weekend, no week day. There's checking in with family and friends, scrubbing hands with soap and water, watching (mostly local) press conferences while holding my breath for the latest updates, which never [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]