Changing the world one photo at a time, photography for progressive organizations.

Posts tagged “New Jersey

Last bloom of the season


the last roses usually bloom at the end of October or the beginning of November where I live. Because of an extraordinarily warm summer this beauty began to bloom at the end of November, a month later than usual. I took it inside before the first frost so that it could bloom fully and remind me during cold December days of late spring when the first roses bloom

American Cancer Fund Run Santa Run



The American Cancer Fund is  dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of those diagnosed with Cancer by organizing and clarifying information. Each December it hosts a 5k run with Santa, called Run Santa Run. I had the privilege of photographing the run this year.



My granddaughters actually

Free to Breathe October 2016


Free to breathe is a fundraising and research organization whose mission and vision is to Double lung cancer survival by 2022 by focusing on Funding research with the greatest potential to save lives; increasing the number of lung cancer patients participating in clinical trials;and building and empowering the lung cancer community. To help achieve its goals Free to Breathe holds fundraising events around the country. On October 2, 2016 it held a 5k walk/run in Succassana New Jersey.

Black Lives Matter

I was privleged to photograph the opening reception of  an exhibit called “Envisioning Election and Politics in 2016” at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck New Jersey. The two photographs below do not represent the main theme of the exhibit or all the artists shown. They only depict one artist, Michael D’Antuono and one speaker, the poet Toney Jackson, and one current running through this period in our history.

poet0917201693 poet0917201694

The People of Bright Side Manor

Bright Side Manor is a private not for profit senior citizens housing facility in Teaneck, New Jersey. I recently had the opportunity to photograph the residents there and learn a bit about their stories


Harold was a New York City detective for many years. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in New York City on one occasion Harold intervened when a woman tried to stab him with a knife. Harold became part of Dr. King’s security detail whenever he came to New York. The men remained friends. Harold always wears a coat and tie


Norma was a nun. She worked in hospitals assisting nun/nurses for many years until she became ill.



Elliot was a commercial interior designer. He worked at times for Time Magazine and Life Magazine. His colleagues at Life Magazine gave him a gift of an original photo by Alfred Eisenstadt, the iconic photographer. This photograph is called “Mystic Connecticut.”


Augie was a friend of and worked with the singer Tony Bennett. The woman dancing with him takes care of him.


Trish was a camp counsellor among other things. She was jealous of her brother’s motorcycle so she got a teal colored motorcycle and rode it around town.

Below is a slide show of some of the other residents:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

First Day of Freedom

I visited this man over a period of months at an immigration detention center in New Jersey where he was seeking asylum. During our first visit together he told me that if he was granted asylum he wanted to see the Statue of Liberty.

He fled his country in west Africa because he was a member of a banned social group and he has been hunted by his government. He was granted asylum on July 6 and the next day I took him to Liberty State Park to see the statue. Unfortunately we did not have the time to cross the bay to visit the statue before he left to stay with family in the midwest.