I Can't Help Falling in Love With You...

Spent a day riding around in #ElvisPresley 's #RollsRoyce contemplating the #AmericanDream and how it exalts and betrays us. Elvis used to be beautiful. Then he was bloated and disoriented. Then he died. Where are we on that arch? The promise of the American dream - respite from the mundane and the pain of this mortal coil - versus how that plays out for many of us. #FoodForThought See The movie "The King" for more (and very interesting) rumination. Oscilloscope Laboratories Directed by Eugene Jarecki The Guardian

 Photo by Ed Pilkington

Photo by Ed Pilkington

Praise for Parkland Kids

Meeting and photographing survivors of the Douglas Stone High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, was profound for many reasons. They were kids with weary eyes that belied the trauma of what they'd been through despite the smiles they mustered. They were polite and gentle and composed and intelligent and when asked by The Guardian what they felt the editorial response to gun violence in America should be post Parkland, they did not flinch but instead detailed, with professionalism and certainty well beyond most peoples' reach, exactly their opinion from their well-informed point of view. Then they came, one-by-one, to me to have their portraits taken. And that's when I fumbled and blustered and tried to strike a balance between the usual entertaining conversation you have to make to help a portrait subject feel comfortable, and my eagerness to... not exactly thank them. That would be condescending. After all, they don't want to be doing this. I can guarantee that no victim of gun violence WANTS to be making the gun reform movement their major focus. These kids want to be going to prom and thinking about dating or college or whatever else now pushed to their back burners, deemed trivial in the face of survival, physical and emotional. But also yes. I wanted to thank them. And to apologize for being part of the previous generation that has somehow failed them so badly. 

 Madyson Kravitz, survivor, Douglas Stone High School shooting, Parkland, FL, Feb 14, 2018 

Madyson Kravitz, survivor, Douglas Stone High School shooting, Parkland, FL, Feb 14, 2018 

Ruby and the Blue Flower.

I think most kids - at least most kids my son is growing up with - will give zero f*cks about gender as we know it today when they're older. So many seem to revel in the joy of just being exactly who they feel they are and it's beautiful to witness. I thought I was free about identity. Then I talked with an 8-year-old!

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#MeToo

Tarana Burke has been talking about #MeToo for over a decade and when the movement entered the public consciousness in a big way, she wasn't so sure it was a good thing. Hashtags are fads. What she's been doing for years is hard work. Engaging peoples' stories. Finding people support. Encouraging truth and change. She had 15 minutes for me at 8pm and was nothing but generous with that time. When I left, she went back to work. #Inspiration. Shot for #TheGuardian

Girls! (not the TV show)

Girls! (not the TV show)

Contact me if your daughter, up to age 15 and located in NYC, would like to be involved in a video project about female empowerment. The hope is that when my son is older and I explain to him how, in 2016, we elected a President of The United States who undermines women  at every opportunity, he'll say to me "Wow! That's insane! Things are so much better for women now. That would never happen!"

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Power to the People

The Guardian sent me to DC to unearth stories behind why people marched in the historic Women's March on Washington, Saturday, January 21st. 

Some words that come to my mind to describe the day: powerful. poignant. prideful. hopeful. encouraging. meaningful. shocking. 

 Keeping a watchful eye.

Keeping a watchful eye.

 "My name's not ISIS."

"My name's not ISIS."

 The Rise of Women

The Rise of Women

 "I march so we can have a voice."

"I march so we can have a voice."

 National Guard member takes pictures for people with their cell phones.

National Guard member takes pictures for people with their cell phones.

  ‘We march for indigenous women everywhere and for Standing Rock.’

‘We march for indigenous women everywhere and for Standing Rock.’

Antidote to Madness

So much has changed since the Presidential election in terms of my optimism, my sense of safety, my vision of what's to come. It's been a difficult time. Something that helps to combat the stress is spending time with families and focussing my lens, physically and mentally, on the love and connection there. 

I recently photographed Nicole Kenney's family. Nicole's a photographer so she appreciated some of the more off kilter shots that I love to make. Here are a few of my favorites.