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“No Surrender” – The Story Behind the Image

“No Surrender” – The Story Behind the Image

How I made that shot and the story behind my "No Surrender" image Those of you reading this blog might recall some of my previous posts mentioning a new series of hand portraits and self-portraits, which is still very much a work in progress. Here's the story behind one of the images in this series--No [...]

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 [...]

Remember: One More Look at Kurt Weston’s AIDS Retrospective Photographs

Remember: One More Look at Kurt Weston’s AIDS Retrospective Photographs

Remember: An AIDS Memorial Retrospective - 12/1/18 - 12/29/18 One More Look at Some of Kurt Weston's AIDS Retrospective Photographs This weekend, on December 29, Kurt Weston's photography show, Remember: An AIDS Memorial Retrospective comes to an end. That means, there is still time to stop by the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and [...]

June 5 – HIV Longterm Survivors Awareness Day

June 5 – HIV Longterm Survivors Awareness Day

Journeys Through Darkness Capturing the AIDS epidemic in pictures and words Today is June 5, HIV long-term survivors day. Today, June 5, 2018, the AIDS epidemic (pandemic) turns 37. Some 37 years ago, on or around June 5, 1981, I was experiencing the magical white nights in a city now known as Saint Petersburg. I [...]

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

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 [...]

Activism through the Lens

Activism through the Lens

Photographing for a Cause: Photographing HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ Activists In photography, TTL (or Through The Lens) metering determines the flash exposure by measuring the amount of light coming, you guessed, through the lens. Through The Lens is also the name of an article I wrote for A&U--America's AIDS Magazine , America's first HIV magazine, about [...]

25 Years of Art and Understanding

Happy Silver Anniversary A&U! Some of you might know that I'm Arts Editor of A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine, but I've been writing for the publication for almost fifteen years and counting. And along the way, I've got to meet fantastic people, mentors, and discover my passion in life. I'm not kidding! Some might also know [...]

Self-Portraits

Self-Portraits

Photographing One's (Own) Self   Self-portraits can teach us a lot, especially for those of us, portrait and headshot photographers, and not only. Self-portraits help reveal who we are as creatives, and also as individuals. More often than not, photographers feel at home behind the camera. Place them in front of their own lens, and [...]