Got to Shoot With a Master

Got to Shoot With a Master

Meet Jose ‘Tutes’ Tutiven, an Ecuadorian-American who is getting a ton of great commercial photo work and a lot of acclaim for his abilities. On a whim, I trekked up to Brooklyn to attend the Photoville Photo Festival in Dumbo, right under the Brooklyn Bridge. This is he sixth year running and it was held …

Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance With That Seagull

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Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance With That Seagull

Seaside Beach, Oregon

Gallery: Brooklyn as Rendered by Leica

Gallery: Brooklyn as Rendered by Leica

My Eclipse Photo – Albany, OR – 21 Aug., 2017

My Eclipse Photo – Albany, OR – 21 Aug., 2017

Give the astrophotographers their due.  They deserve creds for all the great shots we’ve seen of the 2017 total eclipse.  They’re pros and advanced amateurs who work hard and produce great results. During the eclipse, I was doing more important work – for me, anyway.  I was being a dad, a husband, a son in …

Food: The Most Common Ground.

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Food: The Most Common Ground.

I had a friend who was afraid to eat at Asian restaurants.  “They don’t use chicken, they use cat,” he would say, pretending authority.  He had no idea that his closely held belief was actually a bad, old, racist joke – the guy was utterly serious. The worst thing is that he should have known …

Art Give Voice and Tears Down Divisions

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Art Give Voice and Tears Down Divisions

I met Dave Kyu from the Asian Arts Initiative at the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Festival in Philadelphia in May of 2017.  He was promoting a number of artistic installations that the Asian Arts Initiative is placing in and around the Chinatown section of Philly. Dave spoke with passion about how the Initiative is slowly …

Philippine Family Values: Mae Claire

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Philippine Family Values: Mae Claire

Mae Claire is an a brilliant model and actor who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  A naturalized U.S.  Citizen  who was born in the Philippines and has lived in the USA since she was six years old.  Mae identifies as Filipino American and feels comfortable straddling two cultures. When I asked Mae about what her Philippine …

Self Esteem is Using the Colors in the Mirror.

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Self Esteem is Using the Colors in the Mirror.

America IS Great!

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America IS Great!

But there is always room for improvement. As I reflect on this Fourth of July I’m reminded that what truly makes this country great is the diversity of input to all of elements of your society. There is no place else on earth I’d rather have our little, blended family; A Jewish city boy and …

Meg Eubank:  It’s Not Resistance, it’s Compassion.

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Meg Eubank:  It’s Not Resistance, it’s Compassion.

It’s hard to find someone whose family has been in the USA longer than Meg Eubank’s, given that her father’s family immigrated here in the 1600’s.  But even then, some folks just didn’t want them here. Indeed, the time between the original Jamestown settlement, where one of Meg’s ancestors settled in the 1600’s, and the …