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In Documentary work, Giving Back, Portraits on October 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

So this is some big news. I will be going to Ethiopia in late Nov until early Dec to do some documentary photography covering Obstetric Fisutla. What is Obstetric Fistula: An obstetric fistula is an injury that happens to a mother during childbirth.  It occurs when the baby’s head gets stuck during labor. Essentially the baby is too big to be born through the vagina. The constant pressure of the head in the birth canal causes a tear or hole to form either between the bladder and vagina, the rectum and vagina, or both. As a result, the woman is rendered totally incontinent of urine and/or feces.  This condition does not heal on it’s own, surgery is the only option. I will be going with a great group of citizen journalists called Salaam Garage.  My trip has been made possible thanks to a generous gift from the The Fludzinski Foundation. I will be keeping up a blog on this as best as i can as I prepare and once I’m there. So follow along read, learn and contribute if you can. Here is a great little movie to watch if you are interested. It is a bit sad but well worth the time. It’s called  A Walk To Beautiful. So with that here is the first photo of what hopefully will be a great project, it’s of my Ethiopian Visa. Click here if you want to “meet” the rest of the team.

Heart Art Portrait

In Giving Back on December 13, 2009 at 11:26 am

On Dec 12/09 I was involved in a great cause for giving back http://www.help-portrait.com/ in NYC we were able to do a series of portraits at Gilda’s club. Gilda’s Club http://www.gildasclubnyc.org/ is a support center for those directly or indirectly affected by cancer. It was named for Gilda Radner who was one of the original Saturday Night Live “not ready for prime time players” She passed away from Ovarian cancer in 1989 and in1991 the clubhouses were opened so people living with cancer, their friends and families, can meet to learn how to live with cancer.  Thanks to the help from Celeste Holt Walters and Audrie Lawrence, Evan Lee and Philip Mauro and James and all the people at Gilda’s for making this happen. Below are a few of the portraits I took.