Archive for October, 2013


Thursday, October 31st, 2013



Jane’s Addiction

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

..October 2013 New York..

16 years ago, I photographed a Jane’s Addiction concert on October 30, 1997 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. I have a large photograph from the concert hanging in my living room. A symbol of the start of my career.

I remember the exact moment when I snapped the photo and the lyric Perry Farrell was singing. He put his leg over the monitor leaned towards the crowd. I snapped away.

I was about a foot away in the photo pit. It was the first song. A nervous sweat poured out of me all over my camera. My finger was on the shutter button all concert. The energy from the band and crowd made me feel like I was on a charging wave.

At the end of the second song Dave Navarro leaned down from the stage with a rose sticking in his hair. I heard his soft voice over the anarchic crowd and shreeking teenage girls. “Is everything ok?’ I nodded. I can’t say it was surreal. It was unrealistic.

I drove to Washington, DC the day after. Worrying all night if that shot came out, I picked up my slide film and immediately looked for that series of shoots. Walking down a cobblestone street in Georgetown looking at the slides simultaneously. I got the shot. I remember the walk like it was yesterday. 23 and the beginning of something. Of what? I still don’t know….

Today I sat by the river with 2 friends. I starred at the broken wooden piers disappearing into the dark blue river. I pretended to listen to them speak. Fading in and out of a mindless conversation I’ve heard the past 15 years of my life from dozens of different people.

Their 8 years younger than me. So this conversation is new to them. Seagulls land and perch on top of the broken wooden piers sticking out of the water. From a distance they look like gargoyles a top a cathedral. Behind the bench we’re sitting on, bicycles and joggers zoom by us. Towards the side, two gay men sitting in the grass are kissing.

My friends are babbling away as I nod. The sun is fading underneath the coastline. I wasn’t sure what the future was on October 30, 1997. Sixteen years later in some sense, I don’t know what the future will bring.



From Above

Monday, October 28th, 2013

..October 2013..

A nice piece written about From Above in Severin’s blog “Hi”.


Mrs. Setsuko Thurlow

Friday, October 25th, 2013

..October 2013.. ..New York..

New York City students hold up a banner listing the names of all the former students at the Hiroshima Girls School who died during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.

Atomic bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow, a former student at the Hiroshima Girls School, brought the banner as a part of a school visit where she provided testimony of her experience.




Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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