Yellow Sky painting by DB      (Left) For the first time in my artistic life,
in October 2014, I had the thrill and privilege of exhibiting a painting—a mixed media work in oil pastel and watercolor, "Golden Sky"—in the
16th Annual Collage, Digital & Mixed Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition, produced by Upstream People Gallery.

(Below) I am proud that my talk, "Edward Steichen’s Photograph of the Flatiron Building: Intensity and Calm," currently is appearing on the magnificent site, Beauty of NYC.



Edward Steichen’s photograph, “Flatiron Building, 1909,” is iconic. As a photographer, I have always loved and admired it, but I never dreamed I could learn from it about something that troubled me very much in my life: anger.
       'When I began to study Aesthetic Realism, I heard this statement by its founder, Eli Siegel:
"All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."
        'In a beautiful photograph, I’ve seen, opposites are one—and that is what we need to do to have lives and emotions we are proud of: put opposites together.'

Click here for the complete article.

  Edward Steichen Flatiron  
As cameraman and videographer for 'The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights" oral history project, it has been my privilege to interview Dabney Montgomery and write about his life, in relation to what it means to be fair to the suffering of other people. Read the full article by clicking here, and listen to Mr. Montgomery recount his experience on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965 in this video excerpt.

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