IPA Silver | The Lincoln Dress

Thrilled to be honored for work that was a joy to create. Many thanks to playwright and creative director, John McEneny. And of course, sincere appreciation and admiration for Vasile, Aaron , Bettina, and Annie. They are extraordinary, committed, caring actors who make real the stuff of our imaginations.

PX3 2019 | If the dress fits...

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” 

- Abraham Lincoln 

As I write this, Piper Theatre is presenting the World Premiere of John P. McEneny’s “The Lincoln Dress.” It’s a ghost story inspired by the mysterious disappearance of the cursed dress worn by Clara Harris on the night of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Harris was seated next to Lincoln in the Presidential Box at the Ford Theatre. Her dress was stained with his blood. 

We (myself, McEneny, Vasile Flutur, Aaron Novak, Annie Montgomery, and Bettina Goolsby ) made these haunting portraits to mark the beginning of the play’s global tour. They are inspired by Alexander Gardner’s mugshots of John Wilkes Booth’s co-conspirators. Gardner’s haunting photos were taken in the days leading up to the July 7th, 1865 execution of Lewis Powell, Mary Surratt, David Herold, and George Atzerodt.

Today I learned that our photos were honored by the Prix de la Photographie Paris. We are deeply thankful for the consideration, humbled to be included in this extraordinary chorus of artists. 

In this modern age of technological and scientific advances, it is art, creativity, and especially photography and its ability to focus our attention on the issues and events transpiring around us that is helping to keep us anchored to our humanity, to our compassion, even to our sense of humor.” 

- Hossein Farmani, Founder and President of PX3.

To learn more about “The Lincoln Dress” CLICK HERE.

and to see more of the outstanding work honored by the PX3 this year, CLICK HERE.

Something wicked this way comes | Mar19

Double, double toil and trouble,

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

By the pricking of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes..

William Shakespeare

Under the direction of the legendary John McEneny, the MS51 8th Grade Drama Department will stage MACBETH this week. There are 4 unique casts. Please come support these magnificent actors and their sublime program.

Thursday, March 21st, 7PM | Dakota as Macbeth

Friday, March 22nd, 7PM | Ollie as Macbeth

Saturday, March 23rd, 11AM | Charlotte as Macbeth

Saturday, March 23rd, 2PM | Jude as Macbeth

MS51 Auditorium

350 5th Avenue. Park Slope, Brooklyn

Tonal, LA County | Feb19

Just after the rains, with the reservoirs nearly full, a green Avalon. Sunrise in DTLA. Reflections, invitations. LA County, February 2019.

GIVE LIFT | DEC 18

Maybe it’s what I’ve been reading lately? Maybe it’s what I’ve been listening to? Maybe it’s what I’ve been looking at? Somehow, it feels like possibility, like lift.

Another year done. Here’s hoping we soar in 19.

Season of Change | Nov 18

This November, I find myself awash in change. It’s in the air, in the light, profoundly echoed in those who’s lives touch mine. This is my niece, and these are images from a park not far from her house. My niece was the first of her generation to really impact my life. She helped me find the uncle in me. And now she’s on her way to college, on her way. These are the never dry fields of Bear Creek Pioneers Park, for 40 years the home of the Harris County Fair. 2016 was it’s last. Hurricane Harvey made sure of that.

They are together here because they share a place and as images they offer my humble expression of hope, transformation, and a certain communion of understanding.

TO BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION... HONORABLE MENTION, IPA 2018

The International Photography Awards conducts an annual photography competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global level, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. The IPA recognizes photography’s leading talents who are creating, shaping, and defining the world of photography today.

Truly honored to be part of this conversation. I am deeply moved, restlessly inspired, and fully humbled by this group of photographers and jury members. The photos we made for consideration were part of two series I shot earlier this year. Young actors (including my son) portraying the impossible journey of refugee children in Naomi Iiuzuka's "Anon (ymous)". And, Juilliard-trained virtuoso musicians ("Noree Chamber Soloists") beautifully cultivating a passion for classical music in young audiences. Both portrait series are really about facing our fears, looking into the storm, and actually making something in a world that often pushes back, sometimes with great success. These photos would be impossible without the generosity and bravery of these courageous subjects, the support of John McEneny (Piper Theatre) and Michael Saarela, and the hospitality of Tibi and Amy Wallin Smilovic.

ipa ~ International Photography Awards

Peter Pan, The Piper Theatre Production (Summer 2018)

This Summer, the amazing talents of the Piper Theatre community will bring Peter Pan to their main stage. Last week, I had the wonderful pleasure of wandering the woods of Prospect Park with its lead actors, Caleb Donahoe (Peter) and Eliza Shea (Wendy). We tried to think Edwardian. I think we did pretty well. 

The themes of this story continue to provoke me, maybe now more than ever. As a dad of a just-teen boy, I am acutely aware of the conflicts between the innocence of childhood and the responsibilities of being adult. I think I see more of myself in Wendy, though I've always been drawn to characters like Peter. 

Stay tuned for updates and showtimes. I am certain you will be enchanted by these two extremely gifted actors and the charms of watching wonderful theater outside on a summer night.

Living Proof (Opioid Addiction Treatment Campaign)

"More New Yorkers die of drug overdoses than homicides, suicides and car crashes combined. Over 80% of drug overdoses in the city involve opioids, which include heroin and prescription painkillers, such as:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl

Recently fentanyl, a drug that is 50 times more powerful than heroin, has been showing up in heroin, cocaine, pills marked as Xanax® and other drugs. Fentanyl was involved in nearly half of the overdose deaths in NYC in 2016.

Not everyone who takes opioids (or other drugs) will develop an addiction, but for those who do, help is available in NYC. Getting help for an addiction does not mean having to leave home, a job or school." - NYC DOH

If you take the subway in NYC this spring, you're likely to see this campaign, it's everywhere!

Many thanks to the amazing teams at the NYC DOH, Thrive NYC, Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing, and Corra Films. It was an honor to work with these incredibly brave subjects, each battling to find their new way. Profoundly inspired. Let's hope they are able to shine a light for others to follow. 

Lord of the Flies (2018)

They may be 11-12 years old ... they are also complex, introspective, and profound. We made these portraits to hang in the halls of MS51 as a legacy, a tribute to these brave souls and this generation of leaders who stare directly into the heart of darkness. Let future generations look into these eyes and learn from their courage and compassion.

First Responders | Women

There are over ONE MILLION fire fighters in the United States, only 7% are women. (NFPA)

In 2013, Mercedes Benz invited us to travel across the country to meet some truly spectacular first responders. It was an experience that will stay with me forever. Many thanks to the city of Palo Alto, California and especially Captain Catherine Capriles. She opened her community to us and taught us what service is really all about. 

Below are a few portraits I shot of Elena Maskalik. She works for the San Jose Fire Department. For her, fire-fighting is a way to give back, a way to make a connection with people on a daily basis. A Ukrainian immigrant, San Jose was her gateway to the United States. She is deeply-honored to be able to serve those who first welcomed her. 

Michelle Wake | To Disappear

Bathed in the magnificent warmth of an early June sunrise, together Michelle and I made this photo in the Staten Island Ferry's St. George Terminal. It was the first time I met her. We spent a couple hours riding the ferry back and forth, getting a little sea sick, getting to know a bit about each other. The accidents of light, the precious privacy of early morning, taking a mysterious adventure together, the loop of her haunting music echoing in my thoughts, it was a bit of time that keeps on. 

I'm thrilled to share that Michelle's latest album, "To Disappear," is available today. You can check it out HERE!

Thank you Michelle. Congrats! The album is exquisitely you. 

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