Gender Bending Assignment

Gender Bending Assignment

   As most any photojournalist will tell you, it’s the subject matter that draws us to the profession. And I’m no different. By and large, the subject matter is what makes a job interesting or boring. Meeting new people, exploring new cultures or segments of society with our cameras and learning about new subjects is…

A Warm Winter Day in Yosemite

Anyone who has ever driven to the Eastern Sierras from Southern California has enjoyed the sites so common along Highway 395. The desert turning from scrub brush to volcanic rock, the looming presence of Mt Whitney, the time warp that are the towns of Lone Pine, Independence and Big Pine. These are all a integral…

The Protester

The Protester

  TIME magazine’s prestigious and much anticipated Person of the Year award today went to the hundreds of thousands of protesters around the world who have brought political and financial change to the forefront of global discussion. Yes, the PROTESTER is the Person of the Year. To honor all the activists who have taken to…

Occupy LA: Moving On…….

Hours after the eviction of Occupiers in Los Angeles, the camp that hummed for two months from the energy of optimism and direct democracy was nothing more than a 30 ton pile of debris. The food, medical, media and spiritual tents were leveled. An endless array of protest signs, books and tents were strewn about…

Occupy LA: Still Standing

Hours after the city’s deadline for eviction had passed, Occupy LA was still standing. Protesters who turned the 1.7 acre City Hall park into their home seven weeks ago made up for a sleepless night by crashing out on sidewalks, pallets, dirt and even in trees. A noticeably smaller crowd (police estimated 150 fewer tents…

Occupy LA: Too Big to Fail?

Occupy LA: Too Big to Fail?

As the Occupy LA encampment at City Hall digs in their heels to protect a patch of dirt, here’s a few thoughts and questions regarding the nearly two months of lobbying for change in our country’s financial institutions and corporations: Where are the 99%? I understand who the 99% are, but I just don’t see…

If “Citizen Journalist” is Acceptable, Why Not “Citizen Lawyer” or “Citizen Doctor”

If “Citizen Journalist” is Acceptable, Why Not “Citizen Lawyer” or “Citizen Doctor”

If I swing a hammer on the weekend and build myself a nice birdhouse, am I now a carpenter? Does disinfecting and placing gauze on a gash make me a doctor? If I am cited for speeding and defend myself in court as is allowed, does that make me a lawyer? No, no and definitely…

N17: Occupy LA on National Day of Protest

N17, billed as the National Day of Protest marking the two month anniversary of the anti Wall Street movement, was a reminder that the movement is alive and well. Los Angeles occupiers, whose ranks swelled with support of by labor unions and others, joined cities across the nation in protest by briefly occupying intersections and…

Give Up the Tents & Evolve

Give Up the Tents & Evolve

Looks like a pivotal time for the Occupy movement, though the direction it takes now will reveal the heartbeat of the beast. I’ve been advocating that too much emphasis is attached to the physical presence of an Occupy encampment, so perhaps it’s time now to evolve Occupy into a intellectual force that piques the interest of…

Wandering the Occupy LA Neighborhood

Wandering the Occupy LA Neighborhood

Camp Occupy LA, as I’ve come to think of it, has taken on the look and feel of a community. Neighborhoods seem to have sprouted up with clearly defined lines that all but say “keep out” if you aren’t invited. There seems to be a clear desire on the organizers part to create a welcoming…