More Learning from Photographers

More Learning from Photographers

...the story behind my obsession with (photographing) the VFT carnivore plant Here's an excerpt from my book, JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS: A BIOGRAPHY of award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston: In 1993, Kurt Weston founded SWAN--Surviving With AIDS Network--a grassroots group that offered those living with HIV a safe place to be, socialize, and share their [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What Remains…

What Remains…

Defining Our Legacy A quote from the movie P.S. I Love You reminds, "None of us come out of [this world] alive." I've thought of it often, in particular this year, a time, in my own life, marked by loss and impending loss.... But since we can’t leave this world alive, what do we leave [...]

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 [...]

Writer-Photographer Collaborations

Writer-Photographer Collaborations

Things to Consider When Working with Other Creatives As many of you might know, I am a writer and photographer. Hence, I often work with other writers and photographers. Sometimes I do get to photograph and interview someone for a magazine article. Other times, I team up with another photographer or writer, each doing his [...]

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 [...]

Being a Guest on No Boundaries Show

Never say never! I would have never imagined that I would ever appear in a video. I'm more of a behind-the-scenes type of girl. But there I was, at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, MNN, in Manhattan, invited by no other than actor and activist Ron B, as a guest on the panel of her show, No [...]