I started out this whole photography thing by documenting folks in their home kitchens, and I still love it. I got to do it twice with Alison Roman, last year for Bed Bath & Beyond and this year for The Kitchn. Alison is an incredible professional cook who sometimes eats popcorn for dinner and uses seafood as self-care. My kind of person.
I was always drawn to photos of babies being bathed in kitchen sinks, or snapshots from my own family albums of my infant sister being bathed in a blue plastic tub. There is something incredibly sweet about what's going on in the moment, even if the reality involved hysterical crying a mere two seconds after the fraction of a second caught in the photograph. Below is Anton, one of the sweetest kids I know, taking a bubble bath.
Do you know Debra? Maybe you've seen her on the street in NYC or over at Advanced Style. Her creativity is obvious in her dress but when I met her I understood it to be so much more than that. It is boundless, playful, and loving. She is brilliant but doesn't take anything too seriously.
Debra is a ROLE MODEL. How many women of "advanced" age do we see in the media who can guide us to the incredible, liberated life we can all have, at any age? This has bothered me for awhile, especially as I get older. I want to see more examples. I want to photograph and celebrate more women of advanced age.
Read this well-written piece about her and one facet of her genius, which is making couture-style hats out of, wait for it, PAPER TOWELS! Thank you to Eventbrite for bringing us together to create this fun feature.
I get to photograph women a lot, and I love it.
I love drawing out the beauty in every person I photograph. We're not lacking, we are worthy without changing a thing!
Thank you to my friends at Cup of Jo for creating a platform that celebrates women in all our forms, beauty, and humanness.
We ended the trip with an excursion to the city of Cochin in tropical Kerala, a southern seaside state, where the highlight was encountering a magical musical procession with elephants (scroll down for the video clip I took on my phone, if you like!). Cochin is a melange of cultures, as befits an old port city. The oldest living Jewish woman resides there, and is taken care of by a Muslim man and a Catholic cook! Beautiful, no? See if you can identify her below.
Lastly we got a taste of vibrant Bombay, which was amazing. I would have loved to spend more time there. I'll simply have to return! Don't miss my first post for the full story.
People said, you will be overwhelmed, you will get sick, and you will love it. I didn't get sick, and I wasn't overwhelmed, but the last part turned out to be true. I did love it! In fact, India felt like love itself.
It's a place where the spiritual IS the everyday. What a wonderful experience, like getting a warm and chaotic hug, so different than where I live in the U.S., where the sacred exists but is somehow separate, to be pursued or not, depending on where you fall and how you bend. I haven't digested it. It's only the beginning. All I know is, I could feel my heart opening. I'll post more next week. (happy, thank you, more please).
I was there because the good people at AJWS invited me once again to document their study tour, this time in southern India: Hyderabad, Bangalore, and the country side of Telangana. Please read my previous post on Guatemala to get a sense of who AJWS is and my admiration for their work and the human rights activists (especially women) they work with. I met so many bad ass women (I'm talking about you Praneeta, Rama, Devrashi, and Shumona!) whose playfulness and warmth belie their fierceness and diligence in fighting for women and girls, for LGBTQI rights, and for access to land and resources among many other things.