I was very fortunate this past weekend to have helped take photos of Bettye Rainwater for her blog Fashionschlub.com. Bettye's a terrific photographer in her own right, and I learned a lot in just an hour! I can't really take credit for these photos -- she lined up the shots, I just made with the click -- but it was a thrill to be involved in such a cool and body-positive project.
Thanks, Bettye! Let's do it again soon.
Last night, I took photos for a step-and-repeat at the Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO) fundraising event at Novita Wine Bar in Garden City. JAFCO is raising money to build a home for abused and neglected kids here on Long Island. As a parent, this cause is near and dear to my heart, so I was delighted to be able to help.
Big thanks also to my capable and enthusiastic assistant, Heather Jackson, who kept things running smoothly and wrangled the line of people waiting for photos. She's a great assistant and a lovely friend!
I was very lucky today to have a photo session last weekend with Frank Campagna, author of the popular parenting blog "Autism Daddy." It was particularly exciting for me because, like Frank's son, my own daughter has autism and epilepsy. We had a great conversation and got some fantastic shots.
I'm excited to report that a photo I took of Joe Garden and Griffin Newman was used in a New York Times article called "Humbug as a Holiday Enhancer." The NYT gave Griff and Joe's holiday-themed improv show a nice mention, and they were nice enough to include my photo. Congratulations all around!
An article on Buzzfeed includes one of my photos of author Stacy Pershall. I'm not credited (they credit the source they got the photo from, which is fine), but it still feels pretty good to have a photo up on a popular mainstream website. Scroll down to #8 to see (screenshot attached, too).
I've been fortunate to work with two amazing models in the last few weeks: Eddie Sing, of Eddie Sing and the 31 Days; and Lita Cortez. On the face of it, they couldn't be more different -- Eddie is a larger-than-life musician, and Lita is a petite rockabilly girl -- but both gave me amazing sessions, and both were an absolute pleasure to work with. Photos of both appear in my Portraits and Art pages. Enjoy.
The Raich Ende Malter collection was gracious enough to permit me to photograph my oldest typewriter yet -- a Hammond curved typewriter from the 1890s. It's a beautiful piece of design, in mint condition. I'll post a few pictures soon and update the Office Objects page here.
After five wonderful years in the village of Mineola, my partner Chris and I bought a house in neighboring Westbury. The down side is that we won't be living in an urban neighborhood anymore -- we won't have several terrific ethnic restaurants in a five-block radius! -- but the up side is that we won't be living in an urban neighborhood anymore -- no noisy upstairs neighbors and (we hope) no sirens at all hours of the night!
The real up side, of course, is that we now have a home of our own, to do with as we see fit. Including a studio for my photography. It's a huge third-floor room with a big semicircular window for abundant natural light. Tons of storage space for my equipment, and plenty of blank wall for backdrops.
I couldn't be happier!
- WHAT: Artist's Reception for "Playing - Doing - Learning"
- WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2015
- WHERE: Walter & Joan Hobbs Gallery, Mineola Public Library
195 Marcellus Road, Mineola, New York
- $$$$: This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The reception for "Playing - Doing - Learning" takes place in mid-March. My partner Chris and I will be there, as will some of the models from the show. We really hope you can come out and say hello. This will be a family-friendly event, with music and light refreshments.
I'm excited to report that selections from my new series, "Playing - Doing - Learning," will be on display at the Mineola Public Library March 2 - 30, 2015.
These photos are candid shots of children and young adults engaged in experiential learning -- experimenting with musical instruments, cooking from a recipe, comparing leaves, etc. The candid shots are interspersed with portraits of Mineola kids at the library's Children's Reading Room. It's a fun project -- I hope you'll be able to catch it while it's up.
Photos from last year's show "Office Objects" will also be on display, in case you missed it in Huntington.
Walter & Joan Hobbs Gallery
Mineola Public Library
195 Marcellus Road
Mineola, New York
In March of 2015, the Mineola Public Library will be hosting two of my shows in its downstairs galleries: "Office Objects" and another, of my choosing. I'd like to create a second show that consists entirely of children (ages toddler to teen) reading or engaging in experiential learning. Do you know a child who might be open to modeling? Contact me here.
On Saturday, August 16, Chris and I went on the Long Island Ice Cream Tour. It's a tour of shops that make their own ice cream, starting from the East End of Long Island and ending just outside Queens. We were only able to make four of the eight stops, but the ice cream and the company were both exquisite! Most of the tour-goers were college age, and they were charming and funny and wonderful. You can see some photos of them (but not the ice cream) here.
Please join me to celebrate "Office Objects" at the Berger Bros. Center for Photographic Art in Huntington, New York. This is my first exhibition ever, and I'm so excited. If you're in the area, please stop by and say hello!
Light refreshments will be served. the gallery is very small, so please RSVP (if possible) to Ashlee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berger Bros. Center for Photographic Art is located at 22 Clinton Avenue, Huntington, NY, 11743.
Good news if you miss "Office Objects" at the Center for Photographic Art in Huntington this summer -- the show will reprise at the Walter & Joan Hobbs Art Gallery at the Mineola Public Library March 1 - 31, 2015. An opening reception is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Monday, March 2.
It's exciting to have my work on display right here in the town where I live. If you're in the area, please stop by.
For the past year, I've been lucky enough to have access to a huge private collection of vintage typewriters and other business machines from the last century. Typewriters, calculators, check writers, and cashiers from a time when office machines were designed to be ornamental, as well as functional.
Nearly all of the photographs are in rich black and white, though the central image used to promote the show is (barely) in color.
If you happen to be visiting Long Island this summer, please stop by the Center for Photographic Art at 22 Clinton Avenue, Huntington, and be sure to say hello to the Center's charming and eminently capable director, Ashlee. It's a lovely area, with many galleries and cafes in easy walking distance.
As you may know, Chris and I are big fans of authentic Austin-style barbecue. We love attending the Big Apple BBQ, a yearly event in which the whole of Madison Square Park is converted into a huge smoke pit where pit masters from all over the country convene to serve some of their finest barbecue. Dry-rub brisket, Andouille sausage, pulled pork sandwiches, and St. Louis-style ribs were all present and accounted for. Before you check out the photos, grab a napkin -- you'll be drooling.
Is that enough acronyms for you? National Public Radio hosted a week of live recordings of some of its most popular programs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Chris and I attended the recording of "Ask Me Another," which featured musical genius Jonathan Coulton and musical geniuses They Might Be Giants.
I snapped a couple photos of the musical guests early in the evening. See them here.
Thanks to all who helped us raise money. Amy Stephenson and I, competing as "Team A Squared," came in second place, and won some nifty prizes, too. The real winners, of course, are the thousand-plus kids aged 6-18 who benefit from 826NYC's after school programs, tutoring, and creative workshops, provided for FREE, thanks to the nice people who donate.
I got some fun photos of the event, which included a few minor celebrities (Robyn Goldwasser, Jon Parker, Jonathan Marc Sherman, and more). You can see them here.
Another year, another opportunity for my pal Amy Stephenson and me to compete in 826NYC's "Scrabble for Cheaters" as Team A Squared! This is a unique fundraiser in which two-person teams raise money. The money we raise is used to purchase "cheats" to help us win in Scrabble games against other players. (You can see Amy and me with our friends Margit Detweiler and Maggie Rowe at the 2012 Scrabble for Cheaters tournament here.)
This year's tournament takes place Saturday, May 3rd. If you'd like to help us raise funds for a terrific cause, donate here!