Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Public Art Fund

This month I collaborated with fellow photographer Emma McDonald. on an image referring to the velocity and movement of Michael Sailstorfer's Tornado sculpture.  The photograph was the winner of the Public Art Fund's photo contest, and will be published in their semiannual magazine. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 26th

One Year ago today I lost one of my best friendsLouise Moberg.  
This post is a dedication to my friend and mentor.  

Louise Moberg 1928 - 2010 

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Milkweed propagation 

Fall is my favorite season, and it always feels like it comes and goes so quickly.  This year I'll be lucky enough to experience Fall twice.  With the leaves still green in New York, I flew into Vermont just as peak hit last week.   I was overwhelmed by how far along into fall Vermont already was. There was so much going on visually, I wanted to document everything.  Below are a few images from my trip. 
Milkweed.  An essential plant for the survival of the Monarch butterfly.  

My Aunt Lucinda 

Some of the lawn ornamentation in Vermont was just as colorful as the season. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Me and Mr Jones

Mr Jones is 92 years old.  From 1953 to 1965 he worked with my grandfather, Robert Garthwaite, as the Director of Research on a documentary series on NBC "Project Twenty."  The series covered events shaping the lives of the people of the 20th century.... Ellis Island, The Jazz Age, The Korean war etc.  The style of Project Twenty was particularly groundbreaking as it combined video, still photographs, and composed music & narration. The show was nominated for an Emmy in 1963 for "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Documentary."  Meeting Mr. Jones was an honor.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Female Cab Drivers

I just started a new series on female cab drivers in New York City.  Genavieve (shown below) started Brooklyn Betty Car Service, a car service run by and made for women. check it out:  (

More images in this series will be posted shortly... but more importantly - if you know of any, or meet any female cab drivers please send them my way!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Man of the Mountain: Alberto Gutierrez

In Nicaragua, the person who made the most profound impact on me was Alberto Gutierrez of the village of Tisey. Alberto, a self taught sculptor, began carving relief sculptures into the mountain where he lives in order to fill his time to overcome alcoholism.  Now 70 years old and sober Alberto has carved hundreds, maybe even thousands, of relief sculptures in the land behind his home.  

Modern day petroglyphs, Alberto's carvings depict Nicaraguan history, folk lore, and religious iconography.  As Alberto walked he stopped continuously to point out the names of plants, take in the gorgeous view, all the while explaining his carvings.  Noticing Alberto's  reverence for every detail I started to realize that I was not only witnessing Alberto's work, I was witnessing the history of Nicaragua. Alberto's work possesses a permanence that Nicaragua may never know.  Through his carvings Alberto has ensured that Nicaragua's history will literally be set in stone.  

Alberto caught a butterfly mid air, held it to point out its beauty, and let it fly off again. 
The entrance to the long winding path to Alberto's open air studio. 
Alberto points out one of his carvings on the side of the mountain. 

A  National Guard helicopter (click here to read more about the revolution). 
The textured trees standing parallel to Alberto's carvings. 
A sandinista guerilla (FSLN)
Alberto explains a carving of a folk tale.
Over time the earth has begun to add texture to Alberto's sculptures.   
Alberto with his work. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Following a Revolution

This past month I traveled from Managua to León, Estelí, Matagalpa and Masaya in Nicaragua.   With each city I heard personal accounts of outrageous oppression and heroic acts during revolution. Nicaragua's history is like a psychological thriller, almost unfathomable. 
While I was in Nicaragua the revolution in Egypt had just begun.  I was witnessing history in Egypt that occurred only decades before in Nicaragua but with perhaps a different outcome.  Traveling in Nicaragua it began to feel like I was following behind a revolution, only to arrive to witness the anticlimactic results.  A reminder that revolution does not always result in the change desired, and the black and white convictions of revolution can fade to gray.  I found Nicaragua gray.

The following photographs are a few images of my trip, more soon to come...

The image above is of the Catedral de León, the largest cathedral in Central America. It is said that Somoza's National guard brutally murdered a group of protesters on the roof.  

Painting of Leonel Rugama on the wall of his home.  Leonel, a Sandinista and a poet, died in the revolution before turning 21.  Rugama single handedly held off a group of Somoza's National guard while Carlos Fonseca (the father of the FSLN) escaped through a sewer.  Just before Rugama was killed a guardsman ordered "Rindase Sandinista!" (Surrender Sandinista!) Rugama retorted by yelling "Que se rinda tu madre!" (Let your mother surrender!)  Rugama is an icon of the FLSN movement.  Rugama's sister now resides in their childhood home, sharing stories with visitors to keep Leonel's legacy alive.   

This courtyard of the once "Club Social de Obreros" where the first Somoza in the Somoza family, Somoza García was assassinated. He was shot in 1956 by the young poet Rigoberto López Pérez during a dinner party, in an attempt to end Somoza's violent throne.  Unfortunately Anastasio Somoza Debayle came to power and the Somoza family held power until the overthrow by the FSLN in 1979. 

This building was once a meeting place for Anastasio Somoza Debayle's National Guard in León, as well as where he gave speeches from the balcony to the people of León. This building is now mostly empty, the first floor used as a museum dedicated to the history of the FSLN.  (Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional)

The mother of a Sandinista, killed during the Contra war, awaits a meeting at the Museum of Heroes and Martyrs in Estelí. In many cities where fighting occurred there are Museums of Heroes and Martyrs.  These museums are run by the mothers of fallen Sandinistas. 

"We will go to the sun of freedom or to the death.  If we die, our cause will continue living.” Augusto Sandino

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Shout out: Aaron Wojack - Pigeon Flying

Recently I realized that I don't post nearly enough about other photographers that I admire. From now on I'll be giving shout outs to photographers whose work I find important and worthy of being recognized. 

This week I'm featuring the work of  fellow photographer Aaron Wojack.  I recently came upon his Pigeon Flying series, which documents a group of Pigeon Flyers in Nyc, and fell in love with the images. 

© Aaron Wojack 
Click here to view more images in the Pigeon Flying series and to view Aaron's other impressive work.