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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When Honorable Mention is truly the goal ...

I just learned that I was awarded 5 Honorable Mention certificates by the IPA. The 2017 IPA Awards considered work from 14,000 entries, representing 165 countries. I'm thrilled to feel their welcome, to be at home in this dynamic, extremely diverse group of artists. Many thanks to the jurors.

I've spent a lot of this year trying to look closer, to try and see the world as nearer. Each of these photos was part of that effort. Each was made with the incredible, generous, loving help of others. I share this recognition with my friends and neighbors, with Brooklyn, with my family. And especially with Karl, Ben, Anett, and Traci.

Community Health Starts Here

So very proud that I was able to be a part of this VERY successful effort. Photos and design by Amar Productions. 

"Today, we celebrate: 4 local School Based Health Clinics (SBHCs) that were slated to close will stay OPEN for another year! Thanks to the hard work of a coalition of parents, schools, nurses, advocates, and elected officials for saving these clinics!

Recent state budget cuts, a change to funding methodology, and an upcoming carve-in to medicaid managed care created underfunding to SBHCs. While 4 local centers had been slated to close, their sponsor SUNY Downstate Medical, in response to community advocacy efforts, has decided that it will continue to operate the 4 SBHCs next school year despite the budget cuts they received. I am grateful that SUNY Downstate has stepped up for our children, but recognize the need to ensure the long-term viability of the SBHCs.

SBHCs provide free health services at schools and are a critical safety-net for immigrants and the uninsured. SBHCs are a cost-effective way to deliver primary and preventive care, manage chronic illnesses, first aid, reproductive health care, mental health, & more. From asthma and diabetes to food allergies and anxiety, these clinics can provide the difference between life and death for many of our schoolchildren.

Thanks to the coalition work of parents, officials, and health care workers from M.S. 51 William Alexander; Brooklyn New School and Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies; P.S. 38 the Pacific School; the School for International Studies; along with Assemblymember Robert Carroll, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Brad Lander, the NY School-Based Health Alliance, NYS Nurses Association, Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and many others!"   - Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon

The Newswomen's Club of New York

This week I had the great honor of having my work included in the Newswomen's Club of New York 2017 Spring Photography Show (and Auction). 

"Established in 1922, The Newswomen’s Club of New York is the only professional organization exclusively for women journalists in the New York metropolitan area. Our membership includes women who work in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, photography and new media. As the news industry undergoes rapid change, we strive to uphold the values that are the hallmarks of good journalism, maintaining the public trust."