Sagg Main Beach in the Hamptons is a wonderful place to be on Monday nights in the summer. On a beautiful evening, on one of my favorite beaches in Long Island, we beat our own drums, drank some wine and were able to ignore political discussions amidst the rising pandemic.
In the beautiful light and and setting sun, all was right with the world.
Hundreds of mourners gathered in Mt. Vernon on April 14 to celebrate the life of rapper DMX, who died at White Plains hospital from cardiac arrest.
The memory of DMX filled the air at the Mt. Vernon park, close to where the rapper was born.
Despite his death, the April 14 event was not a somber affair. While a DJ played, the park resembled a neighborhood block party. Several speakers and close family members paid tribute to the legend, while the roar of motorcycles from the Ruff Ryders rode by.
While Simmons’ hip-hop lyrics spoke to his personal struggles and faith, he never forgot his Westchester roots.
Amidst a week of political primaries and corona crises, it was a pleasant diversion to photograph Sasha’s coming of age.
Though I was not permitted to photograph at the synagogue on Shabbat, I was able to document the rehearsal, as Sasha practiced reading from the Torah, relatives were called up for blessings, and her parents beamed with pride.
After months of planning, and a few hiccups (some dresses had not arrived since they were coming from China due to Corona), the celebration went of without a hitch.
As an unbiased observer, I can tell you that it was a lovely party, filled with close family and friends and a feeling of warmth among all.
This Sunday, over 20 thousand people, many holding signs or covered in flags joined in a march for solidarity for New York’s Jewish community in response to many recent anti-Semitic attacks.
Groups from Cleveland and Toronto, as well as Philadelphia and DC made the trip to New York to participate. Jews and non-Jews alike marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to a rally in Cadman Plaza.
Sponsored by the United Jewish Federation of New York, the ADL, the AJC and thousands of other groups, young and old participated in this amazing show of solidarity. I was proud to participate in this momentous march, and hope we can make a difference!
Last week, I decided to push the boundaries of my photography and I enrolled in a wonderful master workshop with the amazing Ed Kashi and Ashley Gilbertson, two photographers associated with Vii agency, and involved in advocacy projects and concerned photography.
The workshop taught us how to think outside the box, how to capture emotion in a narrative, how to photograph how a place feels and how to get an emotional response.
I chose as my project Washington Square Park, and after 5 days, I only skimmed the surface. I loved the energy and vitality of the park from early morning to late evening. I met some very interesting characters along the way, and came away with some images I really love.
It was a cool summer evening, and the drumming circle had moved to an out of the way location, unbeknownst to the crowds anxious to join in with the exciting ambience and electricity that takes over the beach.
Nevertheless, the ones who managed to find the event (and a place to park) danced to the music as the sun set.