This is the 5th in a series I am calling “We Are The People”. I am looking for other compelling stories if you know someone who’s story needs to be told, get in touch with me.
This is Apollo, he’s a 17 year old young man living in Providence RI. He attends Classical High School and is a talented artist. Apollo was assigned female at birth and transitioned roughly a year ago. There is a lot of fear and misinformation about transgender people, so I was particularly interested in making this portrait of Apollo to hopefully help move these views in a more positive direction.
What I was struck by when I first met Apollo was his strong and confident personality. I like any person that is authentically them self, especially in the face of adversity, but coming from a teenage boy it’s striking. We talked about how gender focused our society is. In many cases, including his, using the wrong pronouns or refusing to use chosen names cause pain.
We wanted this image to be a little playful by making fun of gender reveals…
Sometimes who we truly are isn’t immediately revealed.
This is the 4th in a series I am calling “We Are The People”. I am looking for other compelling stories if you know someone who’s story needs to be told, get in touch with me here or on messenger.
April fools day seems like perfect timing to reveal this portrait of Paul. He is a scientist and describes himself as a conservative. Paul is the Dean of the College of Pharmacy at URI. He told me that he loves science becaue “The goal of good science is to find the truth. At the end of the day, you can believe the truth or not believe. But its still the truth.
Sometimes the truth is “unvarnished”, it may not be pretty or convenient or support someone’s point of view. But again its still the truth.
A good scientist removes their biases from the scientific process. Some of the most fulfilling experiments end with “Well, thats not what I expected!”
This is my homage to Shephard Fairey’s iconic protest image and the 2nd in a series I am calling “We Are The People”. I am looking for other compelling stories if you know someone who’s story needs to be told, get in touch with me here or on messenger. This is a real photo of a real woman and her name is Nada. #ShePersisted
Nada is a smart, hard-working and kind Muslim woman.
She is earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at URI and plans to graduate next May. She was born in Egypt where her father is a dentist and her mother is a stay-at-home mom of four.
She loves kickboxing and describes herself as a nerd. She chose to begin wearing her headscarf at the age of 12, a decision that has great meaning for her and her family.
She fears this new administration will build obstacles to her improbable dream of a life in the US that she cannot overcome. It is my sincere hope that she is able to live out her dream and serve the American people as a pharmacist. It would be a sad and unnecessary loss if she ends up being forced out.
I created this portrait with a 4 light set up. I placed 3 lights bare bulb: 2 pointed at 45 degree angles toward the camera and one placed really low to the ground behind Emily and pointed up at the flag in the center. The fourth light was shot though a small octa box onto her face. We placed the 8’x 12′ flag behind her outside in the snow storm attached to my tripod backdrop holder. The settings on my camera were ISO 64- shutter 200th- aperture 5.6 and my lens was an 85 mm Nikon lens.
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Like so many other people I am angered and embarrassed about what is happening to my beautiful country by the current political administration. While I don’t have any real power to change their draconian policies, I still think that we need to do what we can. What I can do is take photos. And there are so many stories out there of good people doing good things and I want to use my abilities as a photographer to tell those stories. This is the 1st photo of the series I am calling “We are the People”
This is my proud, strong and defiant stepdaughter Emily.
She is half Mexican and all American.
Her father immigrated here at the age of 26 with the dream of creating a new life and serving as a medical doctor. Currently this is the life he lives and has saved more American lives and returned more loved ones home, against the odds, to their American families than can be counted.
Mexico sends its best.
Gay Marriage was made legal yesterday by the state of Rhode Island! I am so proud to have witnessed this historic event! I want to tell you a short story of the changes I have seen in my lifetime in public opinion regarding gay folks.
In 1991 when I was 17 years old and a senior in High school, I was given an assignment to give a persuasive speech to my fellow students. The topic I chose: Gay Rights. As a young person living in conservative Wisconsin, this seemed like a worthy topic, and something that seemed SO basic and easy to explain, but as it turned out, I didn’t persuade very many people. In fact I really angered quite a few folks. I should say that I am not gay, but just for suggesting that gay people ARE people, and deserved a basic level of respect, I received a huge amount of grief from the community. A fellow classmate of mine punched me in the face, I got death threats written to me, and people left terrible mean messages on my family’s home phone machine, saying they were going to beat me up and cut off my hair (which was quite long at the time) etc… Being the stubborn person that I am and supported by a wonderful group of friends and family, I pushed back against that bad behavior and thumbed my nose at those people. Somehow I got my hands on a button that said “bend over, I”ll drive” I wore this to school and my friend Karl and I walked down the hallway holding hands. I was a rebellious young man and it felt at the time that I was making a difference, or at least I was speaking the truth in the face of bigots and that felt right. Looking back, I don’t think it changed anyones mind, or helped make any bit of a difference but I could hold my head high and know that I stood up for what was right.
Here I am now 22 years later living in RI and yesterday Governor Chaffee signed into law the Marriage Equality bill. I was on hand to see this historic gathering with a TON of Media, and about 1,000 other folks. It was a joyous and happy event. It is amazing to me that so much has changed in my lifetime. I can only hope things continue to move in the same direction for all people. Look at this couple if you can’t read the notes they are wearing it says “waiting since 1976” WOW