Thursday, December 31, 2009

thank you, Ransom Weaver

for helping me develop my tools and mirror my data.

Sending you love!

Visit: Ransom @

Photo: Ransom Weaver [all rights reserved]

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

thank you, Rob

for mentoring
with such a light touch,
and for helping me conceptualize
--even as I'd just begun--
the complex web organism
that can be aggregated
from digital cells.

Well-known and respected photographer Alejandro Garcia made this portrait of Rob, part of an album [click here] that Alejandro made as a gift for me. [Alejandro Garcia / all rights reserved]

Mil gracias,
Don Alejandro!

Monday, December 28, 2009

thank you, Carrie Mondore

my mentor/teacher for digital developing of photographs.

You've guided me through Photoshop

and taught me to love digital printing.

Thank you for your patience, care and artistry.

I'm dedicating this photo of mine to you

(I think it was your favorite)

on my flickr photostream.

visit: Carrie Mondore

thank you, Torry Mendoza

for your graphic design of the
banner logo for my blog,
and for your art.

You are a patient and inspired
mentor/teacher. Thank you
for training me on the
power tools of
digital web 2.0.

And thank you for bringing
so much joy into my life!

visit: Torry Mendoza

thank you, Marilyn Humphries

for your work and for the use of your original photograph for the banner logo of my blogsite.

I recall you took this photo circa 1996 in an alleyway in Cambridge, Mass., outside the bookstore before a reading. I was on an intravenous antibiotic treatment while you took this photo; a hep-lock taped to the back of my hand; the medication pumped from my pocket. The sunlight was painful--I was already developing photo sensitivity.

This photo has a lot of meaning for me. Thank you for granting me permission to use this cropped photograph for my blog.

For permission to use this photo, contact:

Marilyn Humphries

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

'santa drag'

now in flickr album:
'gender thru my lens'
[click here or on photo
to see album]

As an secular Jewish communist, I don't celebrate Christmas. But to all my friends who do, I hope you have a happy and restorative winter holiday!

Monday, December 21, 2009

'where we live'

'where we live'

second of two gifts for
Minnie Bruce Pratt
winter Solstice
[northeast U.S.]

double click on photo
to see more

Sunday, December 20, 2009


I have a
lot of love
in my life.


first gift for
Minnie Bruce Pratt
winter Solstice
[northeast U.S.]
December 2009

double-click photo
to see more

Friday, December 18, 2009

'walled in'

click photo:

'walled in'

On January 1, 2010 (by the calendar that rules where I live on this planet)--I am beginning Round 3 of anti-malarial medications.

I'm in late stages of three tick-borne diseases which went undiagnosed and untreated for more than 30 years: Lyme, Bartonella and Babesiosis (sometimes characterized as the malaria of the Northeast United States. because the organism is so similar and the treatment is the same).

For me, treatment is a challenge. As the tick-borne diseases went undiagnosed, I was prescribed so many antibiotics and other powerful pharmaceuticals to fight off life-threatening secondary infections and medical conditions that now it's hard for me to tolerate those medications, at a time when I need them.

I had to stop the first two rounds of anti-malarial medications because of excruciating permanent damage to my ears and hearing. I am beginning a more aggressive pharmaceutical treatment now, shortly after winter Solstice (where I live on this planet).

I'm just at the very beginning of this battle. The diseases, symptoms and treatments keep me at home and impact greatly on my ability to communicate. I still have many, many unread messages since I was finally felled by illness in October 2007. But reading and writing has become increasingly more difficult.

However, over the course of my lifetime I've developed skills to care for my self and to struggle to stay alive in a violently hostile, profit-driven economic system, or else I would not have survived this long.

Most of my work now is through photographic labor, using an area of my brain that is a less painful work space. You can view my photos:

Thanks to Torry Mendoza [] I now also have the ability to blog directly with you. If I can get my sea legs in anti-malarial treatment, my goal is to blog a photo every day. I follow flickr community guidelines, which means that photos re-posted online include a link back to their site on flickr: All of my photos are my personal gift to you via Creative Commons copyright: attribution, non-commercial, non-derivative.

I hope my photographs will bridge distance and language--spoken and signed--and build connection.

Check back here for updates or click on the "follow" button in the right-hand column. I look forward to connecting with your thinking on your blog, as well!