Monthly Archives: October 2012

Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes

The last 4 years I have been working under the thematic title, Evidence and Artifacts, a reference to the tangible by-products produced by human advancement. Evidence and Artifacts is a photographic anthology addressing the impact of “progress” on the environment and ultimately, on human health and development. I have been adding new “chapters” to the larger collection as distinctive categories develop, all the while continuing to build upon the “chapters” that already have been formed.

Particle Matter 2.5, Cattle

Facing Autism, Magnus the Magnificent

Avarice, Untitled









I am excited to share the next “chapter” in the series titled, Evidence and Artifacts: Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes. This work is a collection of narrative portraits referencing Renaissance/Baroque saint paintings and iconic hero representations.  I am photographing members of the global community who best personify exceptional courage, wisdom or compassion and exemplify the highest humanitarian ideals but are under recognized, diminished or vilified for their efforts. Some of the people I photograph are bringing attention to the damage we are inflicting on our planet, while others are focused on relieving human suffering. Each person has a unique story tell.

Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes, Dr. Valerie Hu, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, George Washington University

Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes, Jacqueline Gauthier, Parent Autism Advocate

Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes, Garth Lenz, Conservation Photographer

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TEDx Presentation


November 7th I will be giving a TEDx talk at USU.  This is kind of a bucket list thing, and I am still a bit stunned to have been invited.   The presentation will include an exhibition of the project, Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism, and an impassioned explanation of it’s conception, objectives, and future goals. I will also be talking about the historical context of socially conscious art making and the power of iconic images as an advocacy tool.  In a YouTube video released in August announcing the TEDx event, Mark McLellan, USU’s vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies, projected that for those invited to speak, this would be “the talk of their lives.”  In many ways it is, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to use the project to empower the autism community and convey a sense of urgency about the future impact of environmental insults on human development.


What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUSU, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUSU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Here it is. Please share freely.

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