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.
Every year around July 4, the North Sea Fire Department of Southampton puts on a carnival for the locals and summer folk. It’s a bit honky tonk, equipped with a ferris wheel, cotton candy, whack a mole, rides that makes one a bit sick, but ending with a great fanfare of fireworks, not to be missed.
This Saturday there were a number of Women’s Marches across the country, but due to some controversy regarding anti-semitism between the leaders, I chose instead to attend a local rally in White Plains, sponsored by Up2Us.
Speaking in the bitter cold, and inspiring us with their words, were Nita Lowey, Andrea Stewart Cousins and White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, among others.
Also attending were two women from Peeksill and their children, whose husbands and fathers were deported by ICE in October 2018.
Though the crowd was small, their voices were mighty. Justice and Dignity for All.
Nevada Wier is an award-winning travel and fine-art photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Enjoy her musings, creative tips, and practical suggestions. Excelsior!