Please take the time to read the stories and see the photos on this wonderful website dedicated to remembering the children who died from gunshots. Thank you to all of the contributors, sponsors, young people who made this tribute.
FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER: Fairbanks photojournalist promotes gun-safety activism through art, by Kris Capps
Other press about the 50 State Initiative:
VANITY FAIR: The Striking Election-Season Billboards That Are Also Art, Every state in the U.S. will host large-scale public art from artists like Carrie Mae Weems and Marilyn Minter—all in hopes of getting you to vote. by ERIN VANDERHOOF
Adam Ferguson's portraits of the girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram, are some of the most beautiful portraits I have seen in a long time. They have emotion, color, raw beauty, and leave me wanting more and more. The edit of them, design, and incorporation of movement in the NYTimes article is worth a read and look. Bravo Adam.
Our posters made it to the front page of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner print addition. They were also seen in the March for Our Lives events in Fairbanks and Anchorage. My deepest gratitude to all the participants in this important project. It takes a lot of courage to take a stand and I could not have this work without the brave participants and hosts.
All of the photographs of people who posed will be compiled and sent to Alaska delegates in Washington, DC in hopes of communicating that change is needed in the direction of more gun safety legislation.
Please contact me if you would like to learn more about this project.
I need volunteers who care about our communities, and want change.
All you have to do is show up, wear white, and have your photograph taken. My 'I Am Not a Target' project is a work in progress photographing the spaces and places where children and guns intersect. It is a work in progress morphing into action, and I need all kinds of models who care.
I will be taking anyone's portrait who cares about gun safety. The photos will be made into posters and available FREE TO DOWNLOAD from my website. You can send them as call to action postcards for lawmakers or use them for signs for the March for Our Lives on March 24 in Anchorage, Washington, D.C., and around the country.
After my last community event, I will be compiling all of the portraits into one big poster and sending them to all three Alaskan delegates in Washington, DC in hopes of communicating that we need action on gun safety legislation.
All YOU have to do is show up.
**Show up at the location and time above and wear white. **If you are a minor or bringing a minor, a parent will need to sign a model release.
I will be photographing anyone who wants a card or poster or protest sign like this in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau before the March for Our Lives, March 24.
They will be available FREE to download to send politicians, or use in the march, or any place you see fit. After the last city, I will be making huge posters with all of the images to send to Congress, the Senate, and Alaskan politicians. If you would like to participate, please stay tuned for confirmed locations. Right now, these dates are confirmed:
March 4: Fairbanks
March 12: Juneau
March 17: Anchorage
Email me if you have questions! Thank you.
I photographed Richard Benavides, Legislative Aide, on the 3rd floor of the capitol in Juneau, Alaska in 2016. This year he passed away and left many memories for his family and life. I also photographed his beautiful daughters when they were visiting him during their spring break. It was so nice to meet you Richard, and have the honor of photographing you and your daughters. You are forever in my memory.
I haven't posted in awhile. I just haven't been very good at writing lately. Thank you Alaska Magazine for publishing 2 photographs from my Tiny Beauty project. Alaska is known for it's vast wilderness and grandiose views and wildlife. It's tiny beauty is often overlooked, but it is just as spectacular. This is a sawfly, Cimbex americana. Please check out more work in progress, of which Tiny Beauty, and more projects are ongoing.
The Capitol Project is coming! This year I was able to photograph in March. Although most of the lawmakers were busy that week with budget on deadline, I was still allowed to photograph in the Governor's Conference room for a couple hours. The other photos of course are from wondering around the capitol building. The Capitol Project is a portrait project putting politics aside, portraits of the people making a difference in the beautiful historical 90 year old capitol building in Juneau, Alaska.
What beautiful stories the winners of the Pictures of the Year have captured! I can't stop looking at the above very busy image by Hashem Shakeri...there is so much going on....bravo judges. I have included more of my favorites below. Take time to really look at this art. Emotion, intent, and sentiment are in all of these.
Photographers are always supposed to be working on projects. This is important, of course, because it implies intent. For me, however, sometimes the finished projects come later over time and in many different groups. Only then do you start to see your images morphing into groups, concepts, meaning. These Women's March images are shown together on my webpage, but I see them best as individual photographs.
I am very honored to be included in this all female data base of working photographers. As a re-emerging photographer, connections and networking are crucial. Please take a look at the talent that has been featured. www.womenphotograph.com
I am working on editing a complete photographic essay on my Women's March experience. Please check back for updates on this empowering event.
I will be heading to Washington, DC for the Women's March tomorrow. I have a few personal projects I am working on while there. Look forward to some meaningful work coming soon! If you can't make it to DC, there are sister marches all over the world. Checkout womensmarch.com for all the important info. This photograph is from last year's, The Capitol Project.
Stay tuned for work from this more important than ever adventure....
What a great time it is for women photographers from around the world. NYTimes has just added a delightful photoessay:
This interview with Alessia Glaviano, senior editor of Vogue Italia, is a wonderful point of view. I agree with her wholeheartedly that 'objectifying' women in photography is not black and white. I have used nude models many times not to imitate male photographers point of view or desire but because the female form is just a more beautiful shape. I see the female form as a shape in many of my compositions. The NYTimes LENS Blog edits are wonderful and a must see. What Girlgaze has been missing at times visually (many of their images start to look similar in style and modeling), I think PhotoVogue has picked up the slack ... a more mature, technically proficient, well rounded conceptual understanding of the female gaze. I wish I could see this exhibit. Here is another of my favorites...
No matter which gaze 'project' you prefer, the momentum to support all women photographers (young and old) is what has moved me with these endeavors. Whomever is using their positions to better educate, fund, share, or show these female photographers has a place in my heart.
#girlgaze is still the craze. This exhibit is a must see if you are in the LA area from Oct. 22 - Feb. 26! Go support girls behind the lens. Go support women behind the lens. Go vote. The future is female. Congratulations to all the young photographers in this exhibit.
What a craze girlgaze has created! A long overdue endeavor to help bring spotlight to the girlgaze: women and girls behind cameras. Its aim is to inspire, connect, support, and promote girls and women in the photographic industry. I first heard about this endeavor on the Instagram feed of Lynsey Addario. Lynsey is one of 6 women collaborators who started girlgaze, spearheaded by Amanda de Cadenet. This hashtag, #girlgaze, is worth spending time on. Of great social and historical importance, I believe girlgaze will only be the beginning of great things to come. I am honored to be shared and included with so many female photographers. Photography has been a medium where the female gaze has always been as successful as the male gaze... but the business end of the industry is where the inequities shine. Thank you Amanda de Cadenet and thank you to the girlgaze team.
I am so proud of former student, Jenny Miller. She is pursuing a personal artistic endeavor and using photography as her medium. Can't wait to see the depth and breadth of this project.... bravo.
'The name “Arctic” comes from a Greek word meaning “near the bear.” The Arctic region is in the northernmost part of Earth. This family-friendly exhibition explores the Arctic environment through art and science, with exploration into the Arctic for all ages. Featuring the animals that make their home in the Arctic and the tools used to travel and thrive in an extreme environment, Near the Bear features artwork from the Anchorage Museum’s collection and hands-on art activities and experiences.
...Throwback for me, but great to see this silver gelatin print out in the open again... a must see exhibit!
See more throwback work in the film archive