She was one of the most famous and influential psychologists of our time who, in her own words “invented media psychology.”  Dr. Brothers began dispensing advice on WNBC in 1958 and continued doing so via TV, radio, and in numerous magazine and newspaper articles throughout the rest of her career.  Joyce Brothers passed away two days ago on May 13, 2013.  I had the great good fortune to meet and photograph her on assignment for Hudson Valley Magazine in early 1993.

I was a bit startled when shortly after ringing the doorbell of her sprawling hi-rise apartment in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a woman in a bathrobe and slippers with curlers in her hair and not a stitch of make-up answered the door.  For sure I thought I was at the wrong apartment.  But, indeed, it was Dr. Brothers herself, totally unembellished.

Noticing my confused look, she explained that she waited for me to arrive before getting ready knowing full well that it would take me some time to choose locations and set-up lights.  Of course, she was a real pro, and had been to many more photos shoots than even I had up until that time.  It took me about an hour to prepare during which time she did the same, and a very successful and fun photo shoot followed.  She was a very lovely person and a joy to work with.

RIP Dr. Brothers.  Thanks for a wonderful photo shoot, and for your contribution to the world of psychology.

My photo of Dr. Joyce Brothers on the cover of the March 1993 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine

My photo of Dr. Joyce Brothers on the cover of the March 1993 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine

Hudson Valley Magazine inside text re Dr. Joyce Brothers

Hudson Valley Magazine inside text re Dr. Joyce Brothers

Dr. Joyce Brothers in her living room in Fort Lee, New Jersey Inside photo for March 1993 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine

Dr. Joyce Brothers in her living room in Fort Lee, New Jersey
Inside photo for March 1993 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine

 

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Happy Birthday 1040!

April 15, 2013

Has it only been 100 years since Americans have been filing the 1040 federal tax form?  Seems a lot longer!  When the 1040 form was “born” in 1913, it was only one page and only a mere 3% of the population was required to pay federal taxes.  Today, the 1040 form is a bit more elaborate, and 54% of us have to add to the coffers of the United States Treasury.

Although such percentages as well as tax rates have varied over the years, as the adage goes, two things in life are certain.  And you already know what those two things are!

"You have to pay your partner!" as an accountant of mine used to always say

“You have to pay your partner!”
as an accountant of mine used to always say

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The Rule of Three

March 12, 2013

The Three Stooges, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There’s a principle in writing known as the rule of three, whereby things which come in threes are more effective, more satisfying, and funnier. Below, a graphic example of the principle at work!

Three Traveling Women getting advice at the Information Booth in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Three Traveling Women getting advice at the Information Booth in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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A League of Their Own

February 12, 2013

I was enjoying a lobster at a fish shack in northern Connecticut when in walked several women wearing these rather descriptive jackets. Turns out, they were bowling league pals traveling together for a long weekend, and bringing their team spirit along for the trip. They were sort of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Bowling Jackets. And they were a lot of fun!  Lobsters, laughs, and a camera.  Life is good.

Bowling league jacket bearing team name.

Bowling league jacket bearing team name.

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Flu Fear 2013!

January 15, 2013

Widespread, especially virulent, death tolls climbing, and vaccine shortages looming. Every so often a flu like that hits, and now is one of those times. Just as widespread as Flu 2013 are the news stories about it, how to prevent it, and how many have fallen from it. Reaching the masses with excellent prevention advice is the good side of so many news outlets. Then there’s the drama reporting. The intense audio and bold graphics and imagery accompanying flu segments of many broadcast news reports are a bit overblown, even theatrical. Good for ratings, of course. But I find it all needlessly fear inspiring.

Be smart, not afraid, and hopefully wearing a surgical mask won’t become a necessity throughout the remainder of Flu Season 2013.

Virus and germ vigilance

Virus and germ vigilance

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100th Birthday

January 10, 2013

January 9, 2013 would have been the 100th birthday of our 37th president, Richard M. Nixon. In 1990, early in my career, when Mr. Nixon was still a septuagenarian, and I was…well I was a bit younger myself, I was given the great opportunity to photograph the former American president. The assignment was to create an illustrative portrait for The American Spectator magazine’s “Who Reads” ad which ran in each issue.

Although I was too young to vote when he ran for the presidency, I certainly remembered Watergate, his subsequent resignation, and the negativity which became a part of his legacy. For me, he was and remains among the most famous, and certainly the most notorious, person I’ve ever photographed. Mr. Nixon was also one of my best photo subjects, easy to work with, very accommodating, and very easy to direct. He was also quite the gentleman, kind, and made me feel so comfortable. Both his wife and one of his daughters called during the session. As he spoke to each of them, the expression on his face and in his eyes revealed a man who obviously had great love for his family.

So all politics aside, these positive impressions of President Nixon along with the images of a very successful shoot will always also be a part of his legacy for me.

Richard M. Nixon for The American Spectator magazine, November 2000

Richard M. Nixon for The American Spectator magazine, November 1990

Paris stock photos

October 16, 2012

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On June 12, 2010 thousands of proud and happy LGBT people and their supporters marched along historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in celebration of Pride. I’ve been to many Pride marches and events in my life, and I must say, this New Yorker was very impressed with the spirit of the LGBT community in the Land of Enchantment.

Hot in the Southwest, the LGBT community shows its Pride!

Hot in the Southwest, the LGBT community shows its Pride!

Transitioning

May 6, 2010

I recently shot portraits of Kara as part of the T-Project, photos of trans gender residents of Westchester County, New York, made possible via a grant by Arts Westchester to The LOFT LGBT Community Services Center in White Plains, New York.  Kara arrived to be photographed, some would say, unprepared.  She was dressed down, wore no make-up, and had come directly from an electrolysis session with face redness quite fresh and obvious.  But Kara was quite prepared.  She explained to me that she wants to show what the process of transitioning truly entails.  Electrolysis is only one part of the facial feminization process, a long and often painful process, like so much of transitioning is, both physically and emotionally.  The people I’ve photographed for the T-Project have taught me so much about being who we are and being unafraid.

Male to female trans gender woman

Male to female trans gender woman

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