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The Philadelphia School’s gorgeous new website

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I want to give a quick shoutout to The Philadelphia School, one of my favorite new partners, for their gorgeous new website.
The Philadelphia School is a pretty magical little enclave of smart, kind, enthusiastic and well resourced teachers in the heart of the city. Its vibe and culture reminds me a good bit of the school where my mother taught that I had the privilege to attend (Washington International School.)  If only every stud…

My father’s collections…

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Long before I was a photographer, my father was one.
He specialized in the aerospace industry, and chronicled a large part of mankind’s quest to explore space.
Over the course of his career, he’s amassed an impressive archive of both historical documents and collectible memorabilia from the space program.
Now, as he transitions into retirement, we’re looking for new homes for some of these archives and mementos. S…

Radio-activism: Everyone Is Photogenic

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I’ve got another flashback for you as JJ Tiziou Photography celebrates its 10yr anniversary: How one simple invitation and one intense weekend in Florida set me on a path that I never could have expected… 

(Note: I’m pulling these images straight out of the archive without tweaking ‘em, which is poor form for a photographer. But I’m a little busy trying to pull off something else big and crazy, so no time fo…

The Fringe Technicians – Everyone Is Photogenic

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As I’ve been talking about my Everyone Is Photogenic project (deadline to make it happen is 11:11am on Oct 10!), it’s taken me on a trip down memory lane. The project has it’s roots back in 2003, when I first threw myself into photographing the Fringe Festival.
Join me in a little Fringe Flashback to 2003…

The festival is an action packed two weeks of arts & culture that happens in early September, both turning th…

The Engineers (or, how Sugru-powered magnetic flash mounts help prove that everyone is photogenic…)

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In discussing my Everyone Is Photogenic project, I already told you one powerful story about one of the patients that I met while serving with Mercy Ships in W. Africa. Now I want to introduce you to some of the beautiful engineers who help power that ship, and while I’m at it, we can do a bit of photo-geekery about some of the technical & lighting challenges of creating portraits in a ship’s engine room, and I’ll g…

Everyone Is Photogenic: A story from Togo…

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What would make someone want to hide their smile?
Over in the updates and comments on my Everyone Is Photogenic project, we’ve had some discussion about portraying people that are “traditionally attractive” (whatever that means) versus folks  “who might not be seen on the street as “attractive”. Of course, the inspiration for this project is that I find beauty in every person that I see, but t…

Just some cats…

These are some pretty darn cute cats:
(WARNING: This post is a classic bait-and-switch…)

Yes, this adorable heart-shaped snuggle-cuddle-pile of hugging kitten cuteness is a regular sight in my house this fall, as my housemate happens to be mother to two of the cutest cats in the universe. 
As some of you might have noticed, the internet is now home to entirely too many pictures of cute cats and kittens. Entirely too many. And I just ad…

Both hands…

I had a minor bike wipeout this morning.
That happens sometimes when you combine slightly risky riding with slightly poor timing.
And sometimes accidents happens despite all of your best precautions.
So I found myself with a nasty little wound in my right hand.
(this is potentially really inconvenient when you’re a photographer, but it’s not too bad)
But look what I found in my left hand…

… a delicious basket of fr…

Taking the plunge…

Here’s the scenario:
I found myself standing on the edge of a lake in upstate New York.
It was starting to be springtime, but the lake was still icy cold from the winter.
I wasn’t quite ready…  I wasn’t sure that it was a good idea… I was wearing my pajamas…
… but it felt like it was time, so I jumped in.
That water was cold!
It was a bit of a shock.
Somewhat disorienting and overstimulating.
And inv…

LPFM window announced!

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It’s not every day that I see myself on Democracy Now!, but when I watched this awesome segment announcing the FCC’s new LPFM window, the first scene looked really familiar. It shows little silhouettes scrambling on the top of a water tower in Woodburn, Oregon, where the beautiful humans from the Prometheus Radio Project and PCUN worked to build a low-power radio station for the local community. It was pretty amazing to be up th…

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