Archive for January, 2011

Bishop Arthur M Brazier

Posted on January 31st, 2011 by by admin

I had the honor of photographing Bishop Arthur M. Brazier at one of his last appearances.   I listened to this extraordinary man tell his story in a humble manner and I was overcome by the realization that I was witnessing history.  But to watch history is to understand that we are also a part of [...]

The Irony

Posted on January 24th, 2011 by by admin

This is one of the few elementary schools in Chicago with a music program.  As a community, we are sending our babies to perform in second hand uniforms.  Now consider that the dropout rate for African-Americans in Chicago is 45%; 54% for males and 36% for females.  Meanwhile studies show that students who participate in [...]

Some Things Are Bigger Than Us

Posted on January 17th, 2011 by by admin

I was at Lake Austin with a friend who had been going through something.  Not a little something, but a series of significant “somethings”.  When we arrived, we went our separate ways.  Me, to take pictures and her, well she told me later, to have a talk with God.  When she saw this photo, she [...]

The New Face of Homelessness

Posted on January 10th, 2011 by by admin

Each year 3.5M people will experience homelessness.  1.5M will be children. For the last two years, I’ve provided free family portraits at a shelter for women and children. What struck me about the women was their normalcy.  They could be our mothers, our sisters, our girlfriends. They are caring for their children in circumstances that [...]

Myth Buster

Posted on January 3rd, 2011 by by admin

This week’s picture is a myth-buster.  It shatters the myth of “There are no good Black men” or “Black men aren’t taking care of their kids”. This is my brother and his sons.  He’s not a “boss” or a “balla”. He’s a black man that goes to work everyday and comes home to spend quality [...]