I see my photography as part art, part activism, part commerce with a mission. I concentrate on making images at the heart of the organization that I work with. I always try and capture honestly and artfully and deliver the emotional effect the client needs. I'm comfortable on the humanity side of the equation and do my best to put any pretense about the photo shoot aside. It's important for me to get down to listening, being real and start an exchange of ideas.
American Red Cross
Cancer Support Community
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
National Patient Advocacy Foundation
University of Pennsylvania
Villanova School of Business
Stories: Native Vision
Native American youth living on reservations today suffer the poorest health, socioeconomic and educational state of any racial or ethnic group in the country, with the highest rates of suicide, obesity, diabetes, high school dropout, substance abuse and poverty. Native Vision is a strength based program to overcome these challenges. This three day camp brings kids in from dozens of tribes across the country, some driving as far as 15 hours away to participate. With these images I try and focus on the determination, the joy, the sense of community and the beautiful way of life I see. Native Vision awards $5000 to two Native youth each who will be entering college in the fall of every year. If you are interested in donating you can give here : https://caih.jhu.edu/giving/
Stories: Temple: COVID Front Line
At the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic doctors at the Temple University Health System in North Philadelphia placed a call to colleagues in Wuhan, China. The recommendation was to turn the entire eight story Boyer pavilion into a COVID Hospital along with the existing clinical staff, other workers throughout the hospital were to be re deployed to help in the fight. Visiting areas became break rooms, doctor offices became patient rooms. I witnessed unprecedented bravery and compassion and what seemed like a team that bonded. These portraits were shot while Nurses were on call and in some cases just outside the patient's room where they'd been attending. I noticed when the mask covered the face, the eyes took on a stronger meaning. Many of these same nurses would explain how difficult the emotional toll had been on them especially when they became the spokesperson for their dying patient while on Zoom or FaceTime with loved ones.
This image was taken by my father in 1958 of his father. I re photographed in 2020.