Monday, May 4, 2015

ARTIST STATEMENT I am interested in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco and its socioeconomic realities. The Tenderloin is a residential neighborhood offering images of stark reality and social differences. 28,000 people live in 40 square blocks in predominately single room occupancies and small hotels. This area is known for its drugs, guns, crimes, homelessness, and violence. I have been volunteering in this neighborhood for five years and discovered a community here. I see beyond the negative images and have gotten to know a lot of the residents. I have experienced many of the more positive moments that exist, but go unnoticed by the majority. I have an emotional connection with some of the folks that I photograph. In the Tenderloin, there are beautiful moments of everyday life. I hope the images resonate with others and that the general public can empathize with the people in this community. A lot of the people I meet enjoy having their portrait taken and are moved when I present them with a print. It struck me how fond they are of their dogs. I realized that for some, their beloved pets are all that they have.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The days and the hours video. Spotlight on Robbie Welsh Robbie Welsh has been a regular volunteer at The Gubbio Project for about 8 months. He happened upon the project last February, drawn to the stained glass windows. The experience was powerful and he signed up to volunteer that week. Robbie is a fine art photographer and his flexible schedule has allowed him to be a regular volunteer. To see Robbie's work, check out his website! On volunteering at Gubbio Robbie says, "I find it rewarding to work with staff and volunteers who share a common thread with regard to their commitment to the well-being of those in need. I noticed that over the last several months, I have gained the trust and developed a rapport with many of the folks who come to the project. I hope that by being non-judgmental, understanding, and offering a few kind words allowed this to happen." "I share my experiences working at The Gubbio Project with friends and family, and the stories I tell have helped to break down stereotypes of the homeless and encouraged greater compassion and empathy when we see people on the street who are in need. I draw inspiration on a daily basis from the people who come to St. Boniface that are grateful, as many of them find ways to cope and are able to offer a smile, considering their circumstances." Thank you, Robbie! We appreciate your work with our guests and in bringing greater awareness to the broader community!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Currently printing a portfolio of gelatin silver photographs of time spent in Paris.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Boston's Elevated Orange Line.

Just getting around to posting this spread in the Boston magazine web site of my Orange Line Series taken in 1983..

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne , Germany.

9 photographs from Chan Soo Look , Grandma series, selected for group show at Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne Germany. September 15-23rd, 2012.

                                                             Alia with grandma.