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.
Trump's proposed policy changes on public housing leave people like this 19-year-old single mother living a hair's breath away from homelessness.Read More
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!
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
I must have arrived home to the sounds of my father’s classical music. There’s a photo of me, 3 days old, a shriveled prune with a purple claw hanging over the edge of a crocheted blanket, propped up next to one of my father’s trombones which outsizes me by ten times.Read More
Summer of Love, England 2017. Parents-in-Law facing a sudden downpour, A.K.A. British weather.Read More
Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun.Read More
"I remember when you were one. We were flying a kite on the beach at Cape Cod and we both wanted to see how high it could go...Read More
My father recovering from a stroke.Read More
Actress Kelly MacDonald of Trainspotting 2 photographed by photographer Ali Smith for New York Family Magazine.Read More
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!"Read More
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.
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.
Some of my favorite unpublished moments from election night 2016. The feeling of watching one little girl's mood turn from elation to devastation wrecked me.Read More
My lovely niece, Lizzie, lives very close to nature. It's a childhood very different to mine and different than my son's, although he gets to experience it alongside her when we visit. Through watching her comfort and ease with animals and dirt, I've become more acclimated. I learn a lot by watching her. Not least of all, how not to be scared of worms.
Forest School is not something that happens for us much, meaning ever, in New York City. So when in rural England... #Skipton #Yorkshire
In the window of our adopted home in London for part of Summer, 2016.
I can be stern with him. I can tell him he's being silly and say he knows I'm coming back soon. But when he falls to pieces because I'm heading out the door, there's a part of me that melts and never wants to stop feeling this important to him.