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Working into the evening with a sweet view
One week from today I’ll share thoughts about photography and life with Melvin Grier and Jon Hughes. I’m enjoying the process of picking out photos from over the years and trying to articulate why I enjoy the process of photography so very much. I’m tipping my hat to @micartwil for the honor of this upcoming evening. Friday November 8, 7-9 pm @manifestdrawingcenter
This week @tom_turbo_devall and I are having a workshop with @designmiamioh - Students are working together as genre blended bands. (Like k-pop dearth metal.) They’re making logos, singles, band photos, bios, tshirts and more. Today Tom and I did a quick band shoot of our own to show how to clip out backgrounds from images. (Our band is ska + opera. We’re the Operators.)
Had to sign full name for some legal documents. #inktober
Some photos of animals
It’s World Photography Day! (Honestly? I didn’t know this was a thing.) I take at least one photo every day. Been doing it since 2003. The following morning, before I look at the digital world, I’ll have some coffee and select some images from the day before and edit them, tag them, and consider what went well and what I can do better. Eventually? I post these photos on my website, filed away for future me. Patterns emerge over time. I steer the ship to minimize bad mojo. I’m always behind, but trying to catch up. Link in my bio if’in you’re bored. Happy World Photography Day! Make each day count. (Even if it’s just for you.)
I designed this poster for the Origin of Love shows that have been happening in NYC these last few days. Excited to see it all for myself as @johncameronmitchell and @stephentrask get on stage with special guests and surprises tonight. It was an honor to help in a small way for this show that benefits John Cameron Mitchell’s mom’s healthcare and the Ali Forney Center protecting homeless LGBTQ youth. An extra tip of the hat to @diyprinting for making the poster shine.
Got a beer at the @thestonewallinn this afternoon, a bit of a pilgrimage you could say. I sat next to an incredibly kind woman and her husband. We exchanged hellos and and questions about where we were from and why we were in the city. She is from Orlando. Her name is Barbara. She mentioned a rally this Friday at Stonewall. The music was loud so it was hard to make out all the details. I asked for a photo when we left without knowing her full story. Found her bio later that evening: Barbara Poma is the owner of the Pulse Nightclub, started Pulse as a clean beautiful place the LGBTQ+ community would be proud to bring their mother. Since the shooting, she has founded the @onepulseorg Foundation which is creating a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes and endowed scholarships that open doors. My heart leapt in my chest reading that. In darkness, there can be such extraordinary light. There is love, and there are allies. It's wonderful to know. ❤️
The TWA Hotel at JFK is dreamy. (S’more photos in biolink)
Introducing long-time friends.
Just back from a moving experience, part of “This Time Tomorrow” which starts today. From the program: "As Far As My Fingertips Take Me" is a conversation through a gallery wall between an audience member and a Syrian refugee. Their arms touch without seeing each other. The refugee will mark the audience by drawing on their arm. The audience will listen to those who have recently challenged border discrimination. More info at @cincycac and @wavepoolgallery and an honorable tip of the hat to artist @taniaelk #thistimetmrw
Went for a walk around Spring Grove to catch a little spring.
A heartfelt tip of the hat for all the love on the last post. 🙏🏻 I tried to pack as much as a could in my 2.5 days on Oʻahu, though jetlag made it challenging. But I saw some beautiful scenes and had moments of bliss. 📷 Gratitude to @briandoylephoto for leading a handful of visual adventurers around with @oahuphototours - an experience I can’t recommend enough for any sort of sight-seer. 🤙 There are more photos, but Instagram has limits. Link in bio for more snaps. I really hope to go back before too long and explore more of these beautiful islands.
I was out west for work and decided to extend the weekend and fly out to Hawaii, a place my mom loved and enjoyed visiting back in the day. 🌈 I spent the few days revisiting old sights and having walks and conversations with her spirit. 🌸 On my final night I left a little of her ashes on the beach and read the poem she wanted. ❤️ Til next time mom. We’ll see how many places we can take you...