Memories are short

I respect your right and belief to “Black out Tuesday”. Use that time to commit to CHANGE. Have a plan for Wednesday. So far those that have come before you have not done well; their memories are short.

It was a blessing to have met Charles Moore and the Reverend CT Vivian around the same time. I feel blessed.


Never Too Late to Give: If you understand the importance of Photojournalism…think FOVEA.

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

-Charles Dickens-

During the holiday season think about charitable contributions in keeping art, music and photography alive in your community.  It’s important in raising the bar for humanity.

Fovea Exhibitions:

So ya want to be a Wildfire Photographer…Do you!





Wildland Safety Gear:

  1. $14.50 Wildland Gloves
  2. $70.00 Nomex Shirt*
  3. $70.00 Nomex Pants*
  4. $25.00 Wildland helmet Model FH911C
  5. (n/a) Wildland helmet assembly
  6. $23.00 Goggles
  7. $109.00 Fire Shelter (No Norair Lancs/Plastics, Metor Plastics or Cecile units)
  8. $20.00 Wildland  Nomex hood
  9. $44.95 Web Gear (holds two canteens* Not included, fire shelter and fanny pack)
  10. $20.00 Two canteens
  11. $150.00 Boots

Total: $546.45 per team member (COST MAY BE HIGHER)

Standards for Fire Survival

“Watch Out Situation” 

  1. Fire not scouted and sized up
  2. In country not seen daylight
  3. Safety zones and escape routes not identified
  4. Unfamiliar with weather and local factors influencing fire behavior
  5. Uninformed on strategy, tactics and hazards
  6. Instructions and assignments not clear
  7. No communication link with crew members or supervisor
  8. Constructing fireline without safe anchor point
  9. Building fireline downhill with fire below
  10. Attempting frontal assault on fire
  11. Unburned fuel between you and the fire
  12. Cannot see main fire, not in contact with anyone who can see main fire
  13. On a hillside where rolling material can ignite fuel below
  14. Weather getting hotter and drier
  15. Wind increases and/or changes direction
  16. Getting frequent spot fires across line
  17. Terrain and fuels make escape to safety zones difficult
  18. Taking a nap near the fireline


Snag Safety


Environmental conditions that increase snag hazards:

  1. Strong winds
  2. Night operations
  3. Steep slopes
  4. Diseased or bug-kill areas

Hazard tree indicators:

  1. Trees have been burning for an extended period
  2. High risk tree species (rot and shallow root system)
  3. Numerous down trees
  4. Dead or broken tops and limbs overhead
  5. Accumulation of down limbs
  6. Absence of needles, bark or limbs
  7. Leaning or hung-up trees


Safety Zone Guidelines

  1. Avoid locations that are downward from the fire.
  2. Avoid locations that are in chimneys, saddles or narrow canyons
  3. Avoid locations that require a steep uphill escape route (greater than 50%)
  4. Take advantage of heat barriers such as lee side of ridges, large rocks, or solid structures
  5. Burn out safety zones prior to flame front approach

For radiant heat only, the distance of separation between the firefighter and the flames must be at least four times the maximum flame height.  This distance must be maintained on all sides, if the fire has the ability to burn completely around the safety zone.

EXAMPE: Ten foot high flames equals forty feet of safety from firefighter to flame approx. 1/10 of and acre (One acre is approximately the size of a football field or exactly 208 feet x 208 feet.)

Burn Injury Treatment:

  1. Remove person from heat source, extinguish with water.
  2. Provide basic first air

First Degree – Affected skin’s outer layer. Redness, mild swelling, tenderness, mild to moderate pain.

Second Degree – Extends through entire outer layer and into inner layer of skin.  Blisters, swelling, weeping of fluids and severe pain.

Third Degree – Extends through all skin layers and into underlying fat, muscle, bone, Discoloration (charred white or cherry red), leathery, parchment-like, dry appearance. Pain is absent.

“ RULE OF NINE” for determining area of burn:

Head 9%

Back/Front Torso 18%

Right/Left arm 9%

Right/Left leg 9%

  1. Cut away burned clothing. DO NOT cut away clothing stuck to burned skin.
  2. Apply cool, clear water over burned area. DO NOT soak person or use cold water and ice packs. This encourages hypothermia.
  3. Cover burned area with sterile dressing, moisten with saline solution, and apply dry dressing on top.
  4. For severe burns or burns covering large area of body-wrap in clean, sterile sheet followed by plastic sheet. Place inside sleeping bag or cover with insulated blanket.
  5. Avoid hypothermia and overheating
  6. Monitor airway, breathing and circulation (ABCs) and keep burned areas moist.

Last Resort Survival:

Escape if you can:


  1. Drop any gear not needed for fire shelter deployment
  2. You might be able to hold fire shelter as a heat shield as you move.
  3. In LIGHT FUELS you may be able to move back through the flames into the burned area.
  4. If you are on the flank of the fire, try to get below the fire.
  5. Consider vehicles or helicopters for escape

Find a survivable area:


  1. Stay out of hazardous terrain features
  2. Use bodies of water that are more than two feet deep
  3. In LIGHT FULES you may be able to light an escape fire
  4. In other fuels, you may be able to light a backfire


The tragedy in Japan unfolds in news and documentary images by:

Christoph Bangert/Redux, Carlos Barria/Reuters, Peter Blakely/Redux, David Butow/Redux, Adam Dean/Panos, James Whitlow Delano/Redux, Digital Globe, Shiho Fukiama, GeoEye, David Guttenfelder/Associated Press, Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters, Kyodo News, Dominic Nahr/Magnum, Jake Price, Damir Sagolj/Reuters, Hiroto Sekiguchi/Associated Press, Mainichi Shimbun Daily, Q. Sakamaki/Redux, Ko Sasaki, Toshiyki Tsunenari/Associated Press, & Donald Weber/VII


open Friday-Sunday noon-6pm

This exhibit marks Fovea’s four-year anniversary.

Chieko Chiba looks for remains of her house in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, March 16, 2011. "Everything is gone." she said. Photo by Shiho Fukada

A Bird on the Head is Worth?

Sharon Dale, Curator of the Turtle Bay Animal Program watch as a young Lorikeet finds a landing spot after being released in their new habitat.

Parents and children from Buckeye School of the Arts were on hand to watch the release of Lorikeets at Turtle Bay.

Lorikeet getting acclimated to his new home at Turtle Bay.

Phase one of releasing two groups of Lorikeets into their new home at Turtle Bay was accomplished Thursday morning.  The thirteen medium-sized; rainbow-colored parrots will be joined by the second group of fourteen in a week after acclimation to their newly renovated habitat.  The Lorikeets are raised in captivity and come from two certified breeders in Florida and Texas. Visitors to Turtle Bay will be able to walk through the new exhibit starting April 16th.  The official opening will be in May after all the birds have had time to settle in to their new home. Lorikeets are known for their bottlebrush-tipped tongues used to feed on nectar and soft fruits.


This is an amazing opportunity to view images that changed the worlds view of civil right in America.  Charles Moore was a man with a social conscience that used his camera when words had little meaning.  He forever changed what we know as documentary photojournalism.

A Second Chance to Help:


According to the latest jobs report, the unemployment rate fell to 8.9% — a nearly two-year low.

One of the benefits of working as a picture editor over the years is working with talented photojournalist that really seem to understand the importance of what documentary photography can mean to the world.

The impact that documentary projects can make in our continued search for social equality and the understanding of what that means on both a humanitarian and environmental level is enormous.

Much of the significant journalistic work being produced today is by freelance journalists who try to find creative ways to fund their projects.

For one friend and former colleague, Caitlin M. Kelly, a small goal has been reached but we have two weeks to continue with our support for this and future projects.  At a time when it is difficult to have faith in the economy when you can’t count on a future of employment, but…there is always an opportunity to put your faith in those who have a shared respect for those who walk our planet.


Ron Haviv: Artist Talk at Fovea

OPENING EXHIBIT,  book signing and artist talk.

This Saturday, April 10, 4-8p.m.

at Fovea Exhibitions, 143 Main Street Beacon NY 12508
                                                                   on view through June 10

Ron Haviv was in Haiti less than 24 hours after the earthquake devastated Port au Prince and surrounding areas. His intimate reportage describes the carnage and brings the viewer close to the terrible personal experiences of the Haitian population.

Curated by Sabine Meyer

Opening night video by Adrian Eisenhower:

Know and Respect your Audience:

Not unlike the Singing Cowboy, today’s photojournalist need to have a strong understanding of who their audience is and what tools will make the most impact in reaching them.

The last thing you want, is to go home with no dollars in your britches.

_Gary B. Miller_




Single image, audio-slide, video, combo of some...or all?

Documentary Legend Dies:

For 19 years his work reminds me daily why I love what I do.


 NPPA and New York Times


I met Mr. Moore in April 1991 when he was giving a series of lectures at Iowa State University.  A dedicated, passionate, journalist this world will ever know. He spoke with compassion of his work and subjects.  He looked you in the eye with a smile and a good heart. It was his work, and that of Gordon Parks that would inspire my desire to be a photojournalist…I’m guessing hundreds more just like myself.  We’re fortunate his work lives to educate those that have forgotten the past.

Eyes of Fovea:

"Eyes of Fovea" exhibit in Beacon,NY

Eyes of Fovea

Fovea: A small depression in the retina, constituting the point where vision is most clear.

Under the direction of exhibit curator and Fovea board director, Sabine Meyer and founding member and director Stephanie Heimann-Markham, volunteers worked into the weekend to prepare for the opening of “Eyes of Fovea”.

The current exhibition is an opportunity for the gallery to display the work of those individuals who have been an important part of supporting Fovea in their mission, To Educate Through Visual Journalism as they near their third-year anniversary in Beacon, NY.

The exhibit is a wonderful reflection of photographers that truly understand documentary photography is not bound by subject or style.  It’s only mission is to inform the viewer.

Thoughts from a photographer:

Visual inspiration came early from the works of painters Georgia O’Keeffe, Picasso and Van Gogh.  The idea of creating something beautiful that originated in one’s mind and flowed through the body from hand to canvas was fascinating.

I found the process was laborious and painful.  My mind expected perfection and an exact reproduction of the subject that could not be produced…the camera was a perfect tool.

The impact through photojournalism and documentary photography offers the ability to empower the world’s persecuted and forgotten.  It offers a window to the viewer and changes lives for those who are accepting to change.

The camera is both a mask and shield for the photographer;  a tool to create beauty and document better human understanding; replacing fear with knowledge.

lights, Camera, ACTION!

“Never reach into the garbage can before you check to see what’s in it!”

-Gary Engell, Crown Camera, Redding CA-






So you’re asking yourself “What does that have to do with photography in New York City?”

I’m not sure that it really does, except I’ve been thinking about words of wisdom lately and their source.

I was walking around the city this side of midnight and it was an awesome sight of folks just having fun taking pictures.  Every type of film, digital and professional camera available on the world market was in Times Square and there was a smiling face clicking each shutter release.

Ok, there was the guy and two models dressed as French maids who didn’t seem to be smiling that wide, but his assistant standing off to the side seemed to have a pretty hefty grin (note, always watch your assistant).

“Some days, better than others.”

-also, Engell-

I use this almost daily.

 Are you the person in charge?

“Some days, better than others.”

How is the job search going?

“Some days better than others”

How did the shoot in the city go?

“Some days, better…..well, you see where I’m going with this.”

 Maybe photography is just about having fun and not the new lights, camera or best action.