6-1-15 I just met Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York at BookCon!

Gabriel asks Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York a question at his panel at BookCon 2015.
Yours truly (left) asking Brandon Stanton (right) a question at his panel, moderated by Manoush Zomorodi (center), BookCon 5-31-15.

My awesome girlfriend took me to BookCon today as an early birthday present! At the end of the day, we were able to get into the panel that I was most looking forward to: a discussion with Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York moderated by WNYC’s Manoush Zomorodi.

Amazingly, I was able to get Brandon’s advice about a fundamental street photography issue that’s been bothering me for years!

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1-23-15 I Marched in the 4 Mile March NYC Against Police Brutality on The Martin Luther King Day 2015

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The 4 Mile March NYC on Martin Luther King’s Day 2015

Angered by Eric Garner’s wrongful death at the hands of rogue NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, I headed to a march against police brutality on Martin Luther King Day. We made it to Union Square around 2:30pm where several people were speaking before there was a four minute “Die In”. We all lay down on the sidewalk and someone nearby sang what sounded like an old spiritual, while people repeated “I can’t breathe” and others counted off up to 11 only to start again at 1. I joined in, saying “I can’t breathe” over and over. And that’s when I truly realized how many times Eric Garner said he couldn’t breathe. And Office Pantaleo didn’t listen to him. What a disgrace.

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12-15-14 Marguerite Van Cook’s book signing of The Late Child, illustrated by James Romberger

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending my friend Marguerite Van Cook‘s book signing at St Marks Bookstore. Her latest book The Late Child is a generational autobiography, which means it stories from both her Mother’s and her lives. It’s wonderfully illustrated by James Romberger, Marguerite’s husband and also a friend of mine. Both my friends are awesome artists and if you haven’t yet seen their work, check them out, you won’t be sorry!

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