Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I recently had the opportunity to meet and photograph Dr. Grady Dale, an urban psychologist in Baltimore, MD.
He is doing exceptional work in his community as an activist and healer to uplift the lives of many who are powerless and cut off from positive services.
The photographs will appear in an upcoming profile for the American Psychological Association's magazine, the Monitor.
For the past two years, I have observed a crow migration route near my mother's assisted living home in Rockville MD. Just before dusk at this time of year, crows mass in trees to roost, and wheel about raucously overhead.
Interestingly, a mass of crows is termed a "murder."
I have been deeply moved over the years by Masahisa Fukase's beautiful photographic poem in book form "The Solitude of Ravens." I learned just today that he has been in a coma for years, after a terrible fall.
Here's to your great spirit sir.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I photographed a particularly thought- and laugh-provoking presentation last night, the Black Jew dialogues, created and performed by Ron Jones and Larry Jay Tisch. They were performing for an event sponsored by an organization close to my heart, Operation UnderstandingDC, at 6th & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC.
About OUDC: Operation Understanding DC’s mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. To reach our goals, African American and Jewish high school juniors from the Washington, D.C.-area participate in our year-long leadership development program of educational seminars, cultural activities, a summer journey, and facilitation and public speaking training.