Not since the “YMCA Video” has such a defining moment occurred for gay culture as what took place on Friday, June 26, 2015.  On this date now etched in history, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) voted in a split 5-4 decision to declare Gay Marriage legal under the laws of the United […]

I’ve got a small secret to tell, but I don’t want to offend anybody when I disclose it.  I go to several trade shows every year to keep up on the latest gear and software upgrades.  It gives me a chance to also catchup with old friends and view some of the best creative work on […]

Another #GREAT #photographer bites the dust. Legendary Philadelphia-born photographer Mary Ellen Mark, 75, has died.  Mary Ellen Mark was a photographer known for her incredible humanist photography.  She passed away Monday in New York City.  Her rep confirmed the news this morning.  RIP Mary Ellen Mark.  Your inspiration, wit, humor, and unique artistic view of the world will […]

Nothing is as strong a sales persuader as a compelling story.  Two time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof has a new book out (co-authored by his wife and fellow Big Think expert Sheryl WuDunn) called A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. Kristof describes it as a sort of “how to” for making a lasting impact on the world. I […]

Master Series Lecture – Gregory Heisler from Maine Media Workshops + College on Vimeo. Gregory Heisler relates the story of photographing Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis in large format black & white infrared for Life Magazine. Gregory Heisler is a photographer and educator renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness. His enthusiasm, curiosity, and […]

One of the wonders living near Hollywood is the number of opportunities that come up to see first class, top drawer creative  works.  The real deal, too, works from the world’s top creative artists.  Much of it is surrounded by a lot of pomp and pageantry, and yes, much of that is quite pretentious.  It is, after all, […]

Bag World from Stephen Alvarez on Vimeo. Wednesday, March 20th was the first official day of spring this year.  Here in the Los Angeles area, it was not a particularly memorable day.  I wasn’t motivated to go out and shoot, and the weather was unusually cold for LA.  But it was not too cold to […]