Category: Photography

Salton Sea

  I recently returned from another trip to the Salton Sea. It was my second time there this year. The lake levels have receded dramatically in recent years and the smell of decay is worse than I remembered. Dwindling inflows and rising salinity levels have transformed the sea from a quiet sanctuary to a toxic [...]

Jesusita Fire

The Jesusita Fire took almost everyone by surprise when it began on the afternoon of May 5. It’s the third major wildfire in Santa Barbara in just nine months, and many here are still recovering from the devastating Tea Fire last November. The blaze is still out of control and details are sketchy, but we [...]

The Channel Islands

Another personal favorite, this one of the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. The three small islands in the foreground make up Anacapa, the large island behind it is Santa Cruz, and in the distance are Santa Rosa and San Miguel islands. The image was taken through the windshield of a Cessna on [...]

I Am You. You Are Love.

A personal favorite, this one shot at the Heat the Street Faire in San Francisco, October 2008.

The 2009 Santa Barbara Film Festival

Most people in the entertainment world are busy looking forward to the Academy Awards on February 22. But some of us are still looking back on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which just wrapped up on February 2.  The two events are not unrelated. The ten-day festival in Santa Barbara kicked off on January [...]

Bringing Back the Fire

Some of my photographs are included in a show, opening today, in Santa Rosa, California. The exhibition, “Bringing Back the Fire,” is a celebration of art and community at the annual Burning Man festival. According to the show’s press release, Burning Man “turns part of Black Rock Desert in Nevada into the ‘world’s largest outdoor [...]

Santa Barbara Film Festival

The 2008 festival, which ran from January 24 to February 3, drew some 70,000 people and featured over 200 screenings, along with an impressive line-up of tributes, award shows, and panels with industry insiders. But the big story, as always, revolved around the celebrities, the beautiful people who came to town and, for a few [...]

Nobel Peace Prize 2007

Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007. They were in Oslo last month to accept the award and take part in three full days of festivities. The Nobel events coincided with the climate conference in Bali, which made the coverage particularly interesting and timely this [...]

Burning Man 2007

Just returned from the 2007 Burning Man festival. It was a beautiful and exhilarating week. This year I shot some 1,700 photos. Some of them were lost, and I’m still grieving about that, but there was enough for a photoessay, one that offers at least a small glimpe of the extraordinary art, the beautiful faces, [...]

Burning Man Photography

My photographs from Burning Man appear in several magazines currently on the newsstand. The new issue of Nevada Magazine includes a ten-page cover story titled “Images of Burning Man” with many of my photos. The latest Public Art Review features an article by Louis Brill titled “Burning Man Photographers.” The piece showcases the work of several photographers and makes [...]

I Madonnari

I Madonnari was the name given to street painters in 16th- and 17th-century Italy, itinerant artists who traveled from town to town and city to city rendering images of the Madonna on sidewalks and in public squares. Like street musicians, the “Madonna painters” supported themselves by small donations — usually coins thrown to them by appreciative passers-by [...]

The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh. The award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, brought together heads of state, prominent humanitarians, Hollywood celebrities, rock stars, and journalists from around the world. An all-round extraordinary event. My photoessay captures some of the highlights, from the award ceremony and [...]