The American Autism Association offers services and programs to children with autism and their families to promote positive development, personal empowerment, and independence.Among the services provided are ballet classes and soccer clinics. I recently had the privilege of photographing the children.
My granddaughters actually
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:
In January 2016 I went to Nicaragua as part of a delegation of PeaceWorks, a non-profit organization that works with communities throughout Nicaragua. Visit the website at http://peaceworks.org/ We visited Cusmapa where PeaceWorks works with a women’s collective that makes crafts from pine needles and with various agricultural projects dedicated to organic and natural farming; Palacagúina where we work with local farming communities, and where we climbed a mountain; Las Peñitas where we relaxed on the beach after a week in the mountains, and where we help fund a project that harvests eggs of sea turtles and returns them to the sea as they hatch; El Porvenir, a coffee growing cooperative on a remote mountain, (best coffee I’ve ever had) where we funded a medical clinic; Las Pipitas which works with developmentally disabled children; Inhijambia, which works with street children in Managua, the capital and Axayactl, a women’s empowerment group fighting violence against women and promoting women’s economic development and social justice. Theses are some of the people we met along the way.
For more pictures see slideshow below: