A quick portrait session with global financial expert, government advisor and author Sam Wilkin in Brooklyn, New York. The weather co-operated, it wasn’t too windy. Managed to create a shady spot with a large Elinchrom octabank to shield Sam from the harsh sunlight and used the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop putting Sam in New York. Sam’s new book ‘Wealth Secrets Of The One Percent’ is due to hit the shelves in coming weeks.
I had the pleasure of photographing Dr Gunhild Stordalen in Manhattan, New York. Dr Stordalen is a founding member and the chairman of the board of the Stordalen Foundation. She is also the executive chair on the council of the environmental organization GreeNudge. She is a medical doctor from the University of Oslo and holds a Ph.D. in pathology/orthopedics. Gunhild fully dedicates her time to climate and health issues. She has joined the Norwegian Medical Association’s committee for human rights, climate change and global health. In addition to her work on the board of Home Invest and Nordic Choice Hotels as well as Ecohz (a Norwegian owned company that guarantees the origin of renewable energy), Gunhild plays an active role as a member on the board the Zero Emission Resource Organization (ZERO). She has helped build and shape the annual ZERO conference, which has grown into one of Scandinavia’s most influential climate conferences.
I was asked to photograph writer Elizabeth Wurtzel who penned the highly acclaimed memoir Prozac Nation. Elizabeth was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer – “which, like many things that happen to women,” she surmised in a piece for Vice magazine “is mostly a pain in the ass”. The double mastectomy she underwent in February and ongoing chemotherapy hasn’t changed her, she insists with impressive pragmatism. “And I hope it doesn’t – because then it means that breast cancer has won. And after everything I have been through, breast cancer is nothing. Not compared to giving up drugs – that was the hardest thing. It was so difficult that when I got through a whole day without doing drugs, I believed in miracles; I believed in God.” The portraits were taken a few days after her fifth chemo session, she’s a trooper!!
When: Tuesday, June 9th, 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: THE WINSLOW, 243 East 14th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
- General Admission: $50 – Includes 2 free drinks
- Special Supporter: $100 (3 free drink tickets (beer/wine), unlimited hors d’oeuvres, PAWS NY tote bag and water bottle, and recognition of your support at the event if you choose)
- Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeurves, a silent auction, and desert by award-winning food truck Waffles and Dinges.
All proceeds go directly toward their mission to preserve, support and nurture the human-animal bond for NYC’s most vulnerable residents. You can learn more here PAWS NY
I had the pleasure of photographing Wednesday Martin, PHD who wrote the best selling books Stepmonster and Primates of Park Avenue which made the cover of News Review
I was assigned to photograph a preview of the newly completed One World Observatory at the top of the World Trade Center. Having covered the 9/11 terror attacks and witnessing the demise of both towers, it was a good feeling being at the top of the newly completed One World Trade Center, the conclusion of a fourteen year journey.
I saw this little lone duckling, paddling around a small pond awaiting his mother to return as she was fighting off the attention of an amorous male. The duckling appeared to be craving company and settled for this red-bellied turtle!
I’ve just returned from an interesting assignment on Preppers in Indiana. As many as 3.9 million Americans are classified as preppers or survivalists. Being a “doomsday prepper” is not easy or cheap. They prepare for different kinds of disasters for different reasons. Most think that natural, financial or other disasters will destroy our infrastructure and ultimately tear society apart. Whether they prepare for long or short-term emergencies, at the very least survivalists plan to have the basic necessities: food, clothing and some kind of shelter. Many prepare for much more than the basics with self-defense, bugout vehicles, communications, power systems, water filtration and underground bunkers. Given their numbers and their willingness to spend money and lots of it, catering to doomsday preppers has become a multi-billion dollar business in the United States.
I was honored to be asked if I would donate a framed photograph of the New York skyline in aid of non-profit organization the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). I of course said no……just kidding! Unfortunately having witnessed suicide, PTSD and depression as a working photo-journalist, this is an organization that does great work. You can find out more by clicking HERE