This is an interactive portfolio, click on the arrows to cycle through the images (and my dreams).
Every Sunday I’m left as an internet widow by my partner, who writes the wildly popular website Gastropoda. So while she was ranting online about food and politics, I was posting pictures. The site was designed by Audrey Chen and Billie Mandle, making a site that reflected both my dreams and photography in an even cleaner and more clever mode than what I imagined.
Grazia Neri Agency was the best European photo agency I worked with: they sold every story I sent them. So I was sad when they called it quits. But now there’s Luz, born from the ashes of Grazia Neri and with an eye toward new media also.
I’m also a big fan of it’s founders, especially Alberto Giuliani, an amazing young photographer. Great to be in such good company.
Here’s a selection of the photography I published in National Geographic Magazine, on assignment for more than 20 years.
How fast time flies…
Thanks to Pamela Chen who wrote the music.
Do 1 Thing is an initiative started by Najlah Fenny Hicks and Pim Van Hemmen to help homeless teens. Over 25,000 adolescents age out of the foster care system each year in the United States. 40% of these teens will become homeless.
This is also my first very humbling attempt to create a soundtrack using garage band.
Starbucks brought their “partners” to New Orleans, 10,000 strong, for a management conference but also to pitch in for 4 hours each of community service. Yes, that’s 40,000 hours of community service. It was a wonderful thing to see.
I lit and shot the interviews and also shot video and stills in the field but the most fun was shooting and editing the small piece in the middle the this great story where Mary O’Connor and her team try to serve 10,000 cups of hot coffee to every one of the partners in the audience at the same time. Phew, what a race that was.
I had spent a year in New Orleans (pre Katrina) working on a story for National Geographic Magazine so I was thrilled to go back with my MediaStorm colleagues in 2008 to shoot, interview and record this multimedia piece for Starbucks.
I used to do a lot of portraits when I started working for magazines in NYC. One great recent portrait was Professor E.O.Wilson. He’s the Mick Jagger of Science, often referred to as “Charles Darwin’s Heir” and a genius. He is an amazing thinker, Pulitzer prize-winning author, the man who coined the term “biodiversity” and also a very gentle man. I made this image at the Darwin exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. I always like to photograph people in their element. And yes, I used a flash;) Don’t you always use a flash with a rock star?
It’s been a sobering experience: if your visual “sweater” has a loose thread in the form of weak or extra images in a picture page, layout or spread, these clever and perceptive folks will find it and quickly unravel it. The results are posted here.
I shot the video here and Chad Stevens did the great edit on deadline.
I’ve been an alternate judge this weekend for BOP, so I’ve stepped in when one of the judges has a conflict in the form of pages from their publication rising to the top of the list. Thus far that’s been Elizabeth Krist, a picture editor at National Geographic or William Snyder, the former Director of Photography (and 4 time Pulitzer prize winner) at the Dallas Morning News. The other two judges are Bonnie Jo Mount from Hampton University and John Glen from the Atlanta Constitution.
When I wasn’t not judging, I was shooting shooting video and bothering the judges to see what they’re thinking.
When I was in graduate school at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, I taught photography to undergrads but didn’t take any photo classes myself. But I always tried to carry my camera and I made this picture right in front of my house one foggy night.